AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Code of Conduct Regulation Finalized
2018-03-08 11:54:17 AM

The regulation that states what topics have to be covered in municipal codes of conduct has been finalized and posted on e-laws. According to the regulation all codes of conduct for municipal councils and local boards must cover:  Gifts, benefits and hospitality  ...

Ontario Introduces Pay Equity Legislation
2018-03-08 9:00:00 AM

The government of Ontario has introduced new legislation that would require certain employers to track and publish information about compensation in their organizations, with the goal of improving pay equity. Specifically, Ontario's legislation would:  Require public...

Ontario Budget to be Released March 28th
2018-03-07 2:15:57 PM

Ontario's Minister of Finance Charles Sousa announced today that the province's 2018 budget will be released on Wednesday March 28th. As always AMCTO will provide updates and analysis of the budget once it is released.  For more:  Ontario Sets Budget Date for March 28 

AGCO Municipal Webinar Series
2018-03-05 3:53:20 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is launching a new webinar series to help municipalities better understand the AGCO's regulatory work. Specifically, the webinars will disucss the role that the AGCO plays in regulating Ontario's horse racing, alcohol and gam...

AMO Webinar on New Fire Regulations
2018-03-05 12:26:01 PM

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is hosting a webinar to discuss the province's proposed new regulations for fire services. See below for a message from AMO:  As you may be aware, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) released...

2018 Federal Budget Update
2018-02-28 12:12:04 PM

Yesterday Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the 2018 federal budget . The federal government’s 2018 spending plan is full of commitments to improve gender equality and the lives of indigenous Canadians, while boosting Canada’s spending on science, technology, skills devel...

Government Releases Proposed Construction Lien Act Regulations
2018-02-22 11:00:00 AM

The Ministry of the Attorney General has released proposed regulations that would implement key provisions of Bill 142, the Construction Lien Act . Specifically, the proposed regulations cover:   1. Forms 2. Procedures for Actions under Part VIII 3. General (e.g. mon...

Province Releases Two Sharing Economy Guides
2018-02-22 10:00:00 AM

The province has released two guides that help to implement its framework for the sharing economy. The first, released by the Ministry of Finance, is the Government of Ontario's Sharing Economy Framework, which according to the Ministry is meant to be a "living document that ...

AMO Releases Bill 175 Submission
2018-02-21 2:43:26 PM

Last week the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) released its submission on Bill 175, the Safer Ontario Act . The submission contains more than 15 recommendations covering community safety and well-being plans, civilianization, consolidation of police service boa...

Government Proposing New Requirement for Reporting Fire Response Times
2018-02-20 2:30:24 PM

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) is currently collecting feedback on a proposed new regulation that would require fire services to publicly report on response times. Specifically, under the proposed regulations fire departments would have to ...

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