AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Bill 68 Proclamation Dates Released
2017-09-18 1:31:43 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has released scheduled proclamation dates for Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Ac t. As seen below, the provisions of Bill 68 will be implemented in two phases, with the dates for some remaining provisions still be ann...

Province Announces Plan for Cannabis Sales
2017-09-11 2:32:44 PM

On Friday the province announced that it will create a network of government-run retail outlets, overseen by the LCBO, to sell recreational cannabis after it becomes legal on July 1, 2018. The government's plan to have 40 store-front distribution venues in place by next year ...

Hamilton Court Rules Compliance Audit Committees Not "Local Boards"
2017-08-29 3:03:57 PM

A division court judge in Hamilton has ruled that Election Compliance Audit Committees (CACs) and Property Standards Committees are not local boards under the Municipal Act . The ruling, set down yesterday, means that - barring an appeal from the Ombudsman - Election Complian...

Province Commits New Funding for Social Housing Repairs
2017-08-29 11:37:23 AM

The Government of Ontario has set aside new funding for repairs and retrofits of social housing across the province. Over the next five years the province will invest up to $657 million in repairing and retrofitting social housing apartment buildings over five years, with the ...

Government Creates Climate Change Fund
2017-08-24 3:19:34 PM

Last week at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa, the Government of Ontario launched a new granting program that will invest in local municipal projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The new Municipal GHG Challenge Fund , wil...

AMCTO Election Express 4: Election Resources
2017-08-24 9:06:21 AM

AMCTO Elections Training & Resources   AMCTO is pleased to offer members a suite of training and supports to assist in their role as election administrators for the upcoming 2018 municipal elections. This express will remind members of the suite of resources to meet thei...

Deadline Extended - Care and Maintenance Survey
2017-08-21 11:20:09 AM

Deadline Extension Notice The deadline for municipalities to complete the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services’ short online survey: Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002 (FBCSA) Care and Maintenance Funds has been extended to Friday, September 1, 2017. Th...

Ontario Launches Inquiry Into Safety of Long-term Care Homes
2017-08-10 5:45:03 PM

Ontario's Attorney General has appointed Ontario Justice Eileen Gillese to lead an independent public inquiry into the oversight of long-term care homes in Ontario. Specifically, Justice Gillese has been tasked with reviewing whether or not systemic issues have contributed to ...

Smart Cities Survey
2017-08-03 5:18:32 PM

AMCTO is encouraging its members and others working in the municipal sector in Ontario to participate in a survey about the implementation of Smart City services and the digitization of local public services. The survey, which is being conducted by Drs. David Wolfe, Zachary Sp...

Ontario and Michigan Conduct First Border Crossing by Self-driving Car
2017-07-31 10:04:07 AM

The province of Ontario and the State of Michigan have partnered to conduct North America's first national, cross-border automated vehicle test drive. The test, which will be conducted using a 2015 Cadillac ATS and a Chrysler 300, will begin in Detroit and continue to Windsor ...

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