AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Proposed Municipal Act Regulation Posted
2017-11-10 8:57:13 AM

The government has posted a proposed Municipal Act regulation that, if approved, would govern the creation of small business programs. According to the regulation, small business programs (often referred to as small business incubators) are designed to allow municipalities ...

Ontario Introduces Proposed Policing Reforms
2017-11-03 1:14:50 PM

Yesterday Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Marie-France Lalonde and Attorney General Yasir Naqvi introduced the government's proposed community safety and policing reforms. Key reforms include:  Giving municipalities a larger role in defining an...

Ontario Tables Cannabis Legislation
2017-11-02 11:42:40 AM

Roughly a month after announcing its proposed approach to legalizing recreational cannabis, the Government of Ontario has tabled legislation that would enact that vision. Specifically, Bill 174, the Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, wou...

Government Releases Long-Term Energy Plan
2017-10-30 4:45:56 PM

Last week the government released the 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan. The plan sets out the government's energy strategy for the next several years, and includes the its plan for reducing electricity bills by 25 percent. Read the full plan here .  

Province Engaging Municipalities on Locations for Sale of Recreational Cannabis
2017-10-30 3:34:37 PM

On Friday the province sent letters to all municipalities in Ontario to begin the process of identifying locations for retail stores that will sell recreational cannabis. According to the letter, the process will be led by the LCBO. In making its decisions about where to loca...

ADO Conducting Survey on Information and Communications Standards
2017-10-25 2:59:27 PM

The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario is conducting a survey as part of its review of the Information and Communications accessibility standard. Please see below for a message from the ADO, including an explanation of the standard.  Take the survey here . As you may ...

Bill with Voters' List Implications Passes
2017-10-25 11:03:35 AM

Bill 152, the Representation Statute Law Amendment Act , has passed third reading and is awaiting Royal Assent. Amongst other measures, Bill 152 will allow the Chief Electoral Officer to provide information from the Permanent Register of Electors of Ontario (PREO) to MPAC ...

WSIB Releases New Mental Stress Policy
2017-10-24 4:08:44 PM

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has released a new policy for chronic mental stress and another for traumatic mental stress. The two new policies are the result of consultations and feedback submitted by Ontario's, businesses and a number of stakeholder associ...

OMERS Makes Key Plan Changes
2017-10-23 4:07:46 PM

OMERS has made five important changes to its Primary Pension Plan. The changes include:  Putting a limit on the amount of time a member has after leaving an OMERS employer to transfer a commuted value  Setting a waiting period between the time a member re...

Province Releases Global Trade Strategy
2017-10-23 3:10:49 PM

The Government of Ontario has released an international trade strategy, designed to help Ontario's business community benefit from international business opportunities. The strategy also outlines a framework for the province to better work with the federal government to ensur...

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