AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Queen’s Park Resumes 1st Session Following Winter Break
2019-02-19 10:15:45 AM

The Ontario PC Government resumes sitting today following their winter break. Government House Leader and Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Todd Smith said that the Government would “fight to reduce the deficit, cut red tape, promote job creation and m...

Government Announces OMPF Funding for 2019
2019-02-14 2:55:38 PM

The Ministry of Finance yesterday wrote a letter to all Ontario heads of council to provide an update on the 2019 Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF).  The Government will maintain the current structure of the OMPF for 2019 as well as Transitional Assistance meaning t...

Government Announces Next Stage in Environmental Plan
2019-02-13 6:47:27 PM

The Ontario Government yesterday announced its planned approach  which the Government says will protect the environment and fight climate change by combining emission reduction standards while also recognizing Ontario’s economy and its manufacturing sector.  These Made-in...

Organizations Selected to Help Municipalities Reach Environmental Targets
2019-02-05 11:23:38 AM

The Canadian Government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) yesterday announced a new initiative to help Canadian municipalities across Canada reach significant carbon emission reduction targets. Known as Transition 2050 , the initiative will fund training an...

AMCTO Supports SWIFT's Application of Appeal to the CRTC
2019-02-04 3:43:18 PM

AMCTO is lending its support to SWIFT’s application of appeal to the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on funding broadband across Canada and Ontario.  SWIFT is a municipally led initiative that seeks to provide broadband access across South...

Premier Ford Announces Consultation on Joint and Several Liability
2019-01-31 1:55:07 PM

AMCTO is pleased that Premier Ford on Monday during the 2019 annual Rural Ontario Municipalities Association conference announced that his government is launching consultations on reforming joint and several liability.  Over the past several years AMCTO has been advocating...

AMCTO President Sits Down with Minister Clark 
2019-01-30 10:17:12 PM

On Tuesday, AMCTO President Angela Morgan sat down with the Honourable Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark and both of his Parliamentary Assistants Christine Hogarth and Jim McDonell. President Morgan reiterated several key AMCTO priorities for the Minist...

Ontario to Help Communities Improve Transit
2019-01-25 2:15:36 PM

The Ontario government today announced its support to continue the Ontario Community Transportation Grant Program which will provide $30 million over five years to 39 municipalities. This funding will allow municipalities to partner with community organizations to coordinat...

Government Backtracks on Greenbelt Development Plans
2019-01-24 10:20:35 AM

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark yesterday announced via his twitter account that proposed changes in Bill 66 implicating Ontario’s Greenbelt would be dropped when the legislature resumes in February. As AMCTO previously noted , Schedule 10 of the Pla...

Government to Assist with Recreational Cannabis Costs
2019-01-23 3:41:10 PM

Through the Ontario Cannabis Legalization Implementation Fund , the Ontario government is providing a payment of $15 million to its municipalities by the end of February to assist with the cost of legalizing cannabis and combatting the illegal market. This is the second o...

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