AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Implementation of Policing Reforms Halted
2018-07-04 5:24:09 PM

In a letter to Ontario police associations, Premier Doug Ford announced that the government of Ontario is postponing the implementation of elements of Bill 175 (the Safer Ontario Act), the Liberal government's reforms to public safety and policing. It's not clear which parts o...

Province Officially Announces End of Cap-and-Trade
2018-07-04 4:38:50 PM

Yesterday Premier Doug Ford officially rescinded Ontario's cap-and-trade regulation. The end of cap-and-trade took effect immediately as of July 3, 2018. Accordingly, the government announced that it will begin an "orderly wind-down" of all programs that are funded by revenues...

New Government Announced
2018-07-03 12:20:24 PM

On Friday Doug Ford was sworn-in as Ontario’s 26 th Premier alongside a 21-person cabinet. Shortly after being sworn-in, Premier Ford announced the appointment of 26 parliamentary assistants. The new cabinet and parliamentary assistants are as follows: Cabinet The Hono...

Cannabis Can be Legally Sold as of October 17
2018-06-21 3:26:25 PM

The federal government has set October 17, 2018 as the date when cannabis can be sold legally in Canada. The announcement came following the passage of the federal legislation legalizing cannabis. The province of Ontario passed its cannabis legislation in December of 2017.  ...

New Government Announces Intention to End Cap-and-Trade
2018-06-15 2:08:12 PM

Premier-designate Doug Ford announced that his cabinet's first act upon assuming power will be to cancel Ontario's cap-and-trade system and challenge the federal government's authority to impose a carbon tax on the province of Ontario. The Premier-designate also announced tha...

PCs to Form Majority Government
2018-06-08 4:19:33 PM

Today Doug Ford, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, met with Ontario's Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell who invited him to assume the position of Premier of Ontario and form a government.  The PC Party won 76 seats in yesterday's election, followe...

AGCO Approves World Cup Hour Extension
2018-06-06 4:17:15 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has approved a temporary extension of service hours for the sale of liquor during the World Cup. According to the AGCO, throughout the course of the World Cup (June 14, 2018 - July 15, 2018) temporary extensions of service wi...

Ontario General Election Preview
2018-06-01 6:19:55 PM

As Ontario's 42nd General Election comes to a close on Thursday, it’s important for local governments to begin preparing to work with the new provincial government. While municipal issues have not dominated the campaign, each of the parties has put forward policies that will ...

New Cannabis Briefing Deck
2018-05-23 2:41:07 PM

The Ministry of the Attorney General's Cannabis Legalization Secretariat, in partnership with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), has prepared a comprehensive briefing deck for the municipal sector. The deck includes important details about how the legalization...

Safer Ontario Act Proclamation Dates Announced
2018-05-15 10:54:35 AM

The government has announced the proclamation dates for the Safer Ontario Act . The Safer Ontario Act introduces a series of reforms to policing and public safety in Ontario. The Act has been proclaimed and the in-force date set for January 1, 2020. Other key provisions ...

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