AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Ontario Releases Long-Term Infrastructure Plan
2017-12-04 3:22:03 PM

The Government of Ontario has released a new Long-Term Infrastructure Plan. The plan outlines the provinces plan to:  Integrate climate change considerations into infrastructure planning  Build resilient infrastructure in a period of "accelerated change a...





AMO Calls for Share of Cannabis Revenue
2017-12-04 3:02:49 PM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) is calling on the Government of Ontario to cover the costs of cannabis legalization and provide municipalities with a share of the revenues generated by cannabis sales. AMO's request is based on the potential for cannabis legaliz...





AMCTO Election Manual, Forms and Notices Now Available
2017-12-04 11:50:22 AM

The AMCTO Election Manual is a resource that provides detailed guidance to election administrators in Ontario.  AMCTO is proud to provide this valuable resource and this year, we have worked wtih Debi Wilcox and her team on making this resource available through our Fall trai...





Election Express # 5 – What’s all this fuss about Third Party Advertising…
2017-11-30 11:35:26 AM

What is a Third Party Advertiser?  A third party advertiser (TPA) is a message in any medium (billboard, newspaper, radio, etc) that supports or opposes a candidate or supports a yes or no vote on a question on the ballot.  Third party advertising does not include issues-...





Proposed Building Code Regulation Posted
2017-11-24 10:32:56 AM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has posted a proposed regulation that would establish a building code evaluation program for buildings with rooftop parking, and exposed multi-story, above-ground parking structures. The proposals suggested in the regulation are derived from ...





2018 OMPF Allocations Announced
2017-11-24 8:30:00 AM

Earlier this week the Ministry of Finance announced the 2018 Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) allocations. In 2018, the Government of Ontario will provide a total of $510 in unconditional funding to 389 of the province's 444 municipalities through the OMPF. See below...





Bill 148 Passes Third Reading
2017-11-23 4:55:09 PM

Bill 148 the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, has passed third reading and will now become law. The legislation will raise Ontario's minimum wage to $15, mandate equal pay for part-time, temporary, casual and seasonal work, and extend personal emergency leave for all employ...





Federal Government Unveils National Housing Strategy
2017-11-23 4:30:21 PM

Yesterday the federal government unveiled its long-anticipated National Housing Strategy. The strategy commits the federal government to spend $40 billion on a range of housing initiatives, including homelessness, new housing units, and repairing existing housing stock. Speci...





Applications Still Open for the Red Program
2017-11-16 3:22:56 PM

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is reminding municipalities that applications are still being accepted for the Rural Economic Development Program. See below for details about the program.  Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs ...





Government To Exempt Essential Public Services from Bill 148
2017-11-16 2:20:44 PM

In a letter to AMO President Lynn Dollin, Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro has confirmed that the government will introduce amendments to exempt essential public services from Bill 148's on-call pay and 96 hours notice scheduling provisions. Specifically, as a result ...





 
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