AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Chief Drinking Water Inspector Releases Annual Report
2017-10-12 11:00:00 AM

Ontario's Chief Drinking Water Inspector released his annual report this month. Highlights of the report include:  99.84% of 517,601 drinking water test results from municipal residential drinking water systems met Ontario’s strict drinking water quality standards. ...

FCM Leaders Weigh-in on National Housing Strategy
2017-10-11 1:59:51 PM

FCM's President and Chair of the Big City Mayor's Caucus have written an op-ed arguing that the federal government's planned national housing strategy presents an opportunity to transform Canada's housing system for years to come. According to the article:  "We can bemoan t...

MPAC Releases Updated Municipal Connect
2017-10-10 2:08:15 PM

MPAC has rolled-out an update to its Municipal Connect tool. See below for an update from MPAC:  MPAC Launches New Municipal Experience On September 18, MPAC launched the enhanced municipal experience via Municipal Connect™ to all municipalities. Recently showcased ...

Proposed Prudent Investor Regulations Posted
2017-10-10 1:44:14 PM

The government has posted a proposed regulation governing a new municipal investment regime that would allow municipalities to use prudent investment rules. The regulations cover eligibility criteria, governance, and investment approaches for multiple municipalities that want...

Alberta Unveils Cannabis Legalization Plan
2017-10-05 11:00:00 AM

Yesterday, the Government of Alberta unveiled its proposed plan for the legalization and sale of recreational cannabis. Key features of the plan include:  Establishing a minimum age of 18 to buy or use cannabis Allowing public possession of 30 grams (purc...

Federal Government Plans to Levy Cannabis Tax
2017-10-05 9:30:00 AM

The federal government announced this week at a meeting of provincial premiers that it plans to impose a 10-percent federal tax on sales of recreational cannabis. According to the government and media sources, the tax would be set at $1 per gram on purchases under $10 and 10 ...

Ontario Creates Opioid Task Force
2017-10-04 6:00:15 PM

The province announced today that it is establishing an Opioid Emergency Task Force to better coordinate the government's response to the opioid crisis. The group, which will be comprised of frontline workers and people with lived experience with opioids, will advise the gover...

New AMCTO Backgrounder on Recent Changes to Ontario's Open Meeting Rules
2017-10-03 10:46:57 AM

AMCTO has published a new backgrounder on recent changes to Ontario's open meetings rules. It covers changes ushered in under Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Act (MOMLA), as well as the implications of City of Hamilton v. Ombudsman of Ontario .  ...

Province Creates New Housing Delivery Group
2017-09-28 8:46:24 AM

The Government of Ontario has created a new team that will be tasked with streamlining the housing development process. Specifically, the new Housing Delivery Group will be responsible for identifying challenges and barriers that prevent new housing projects from being built....

New Report Suggests Airbnb Influences Housing Supply
2017-09-28 8:39:34 AM

A new study, released by academics at McGill University, argues that Airbnb is increasingly playing a role in limited housing supply in Canada. The report, which studied the impact of Airbnb on housing supply in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver over the past year, found that ...

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