AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Federal Budget to be Unveiled on February 27
2018-02-16 12:17:54 PM

The federal government has announced that it will table its 2018 budget on Tuesday February 27th, 2018. As in the past AMCTO will provide updates and analysis following the release of the budget.  For more:  CBC, Liberals to unveil budget on Feb. 27 as Canada faces trade,...

Average Canadian Paying Less than $7 per gram for Cannabis
2018-02-13 7:49:56 AM

Statistics Canada has released new data about the average cost of cannabis. According to the agency, the average price of cannabis across the country is below $7 per gram. Consumers in the Northwest Territories pay the highest price per gram at $11.89, while consumers in Queb...

Government Consulting on Proposed Fire Service Regulations
2018-02-09 11:00:00 AM

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) is seeking feedback on two proposed regulations under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act .  Mandatory Certification The first proposed regulation would establish mandatory certification requirements ...

Federal Government Indicates Possible Delay to Cannabis Legalization
2018-02-09 8:54:15 AM

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor announced earlier this week that consumers may not be able to purchase legal cannabis by the government's previously-announced July 1st deadline. According to Ottawa, the delay is the result of the bill's slow passage through the Senate...

MOL Consulting on Proposed Health and Safety Regulation
2018-02-08 6:08:01 PM

The Ministry of Labour (MOL) is currently seeking feedback on a proposed regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act . The proposed regulation would:  Update existing requirements regarding guardrails, fall protection, protection against drowning, signal...

Bill 68 Implementation Schedule
2018-01-31 5:19:56 PM

AMCTO has created a new resource, which provides overview of some new municipal responsibilities following the passage of Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act (MOMLA). Bill 68 introduced a series of reforms to the M unicipal Act , Municipal Conflict...

StatsCan Releases Cannabis Consumption Data
2018-01-25 5:03:21 PM

In 2017 Canadians spent $5.7 billion on cannabis for medical and non-medical purposes. The data, released this week by Statistics Canada, covers 4.9 million Canadians aged 15 to 64, and works out to approximately $1,200 per cannabis consumer. By comparison, in 2016, Canadians...

Proposed Cannabis Regulations Posted
2018-01-25 4:16:39 PM

The government has posted proposed regulations to govern its legalization of recreational cannabis. The proposed regulations cover places of use, impaired-driving, storefronts and medical cannabis. See below for the draft regulations:  Proposed places of use regulations und...

Provincial Cabinet Shuffle
2018-01-18 11:53:24 AM

The Cabinet shuffle announced yesterday by Premier Kathleen Wynne comes ahead of the 2018 provincial election in June.   Notable changes to Cabinet include: Steven Del Duca will moves Minister of Economic Development and Growth  Nathalie Des Rosiers be...

AMCTO Releases 2018 Pre-budget Submission
2018-01-17 9:00:00 AM

Today AMCTO President Yvonne Robert appeared before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs during its pre-budget consultations in Ottawa to present AMCTO’s recommendations for the 2018 Ontario budget. Our submission contains the following recommendations:   ...

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