AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
New Paper Compares Fiscal Autonomy in 8 International Cities
2017-07-26 1:03:56 PM

A new paper examining the local fiscal autonomy of 8 large international cities suggests that while Toronto is less dependent on intergovernmental transfers than many other major cities, it has fewer tools for generating revenue. The paper, which was published by the Institute...

Consultations on Updated Building Code
2017-07-20 11:30:00 AM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MMA) is conducting consultations on its proposed updates to the Ontario Building Code. The majority of the proposed changes are intended to enable to the government to meet goals set under its Climate Change Action Plan. If approved, the buil...

Survey on Cemetery Care and Maintenance Funds
2017-07-19 1:15:00 PM

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) is conducting a survey to collect information about the status of Municipal Care and Maintenance Funds in municipalities that manage cemeteries. Responses can be submitted until August 18, 2017, you can access the survey ...

MMA Hosting Webinar on the National Disaster Mitigation Program
2017-07-14 10:00:00 AM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is hosting a webinar on the National Disaster Mitigation Program. Please see below for details on the program:  National Disaster Mitigation Program: Funding for Flood Mitigation Learn how to access federal funding to support flood mappi...

Government Consulting on Ambulance Act & Fire-medics
2017-07-13 3:05:15 PM

The Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC) is conducting a consultation on the Ambulance Act, with the goal of proposing substantial changes to emergency health services in Ontario, including a controversial proposal to establish so called "fire-medics." In addition to...

Province Consulting on Cannabis Legalization 
2017-07-12 11:09:52 AM

The government of Ontario has launched its consultations on cannabis legalization. In April of 2017 the federal government introduced legislation that would legalize recreational cannabis and require provinces and territories to create a framework for regulating the distribut...

AMCTO Looking for 2 New Policy Volunteers
2017-07-12 10:30:44 AM

AMCTO is recruiting two new volunteers to serve as subject matter experts and represent the association in meetings with government. The volunteers should have deep experience and comfort with one of the following issues: Provincial Offences Act – Collection of Unpai...

Federal Government Releases Phase 2 Infrastructure Letter
2017-07-10 11:56:02 AM

Federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi released a letter last week that was sent to all provincial finance ministers, outlining the details of the federal government's framework for Phase 2 infrastructure funding. According to the letter, provincial government's will b...

Government Releases Proposed Door-to-Door Sales Regulation
2017-07-07 11:00:00 AM

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) has posted a proposed regulation that would prevent door-to-door sales of certain products. Specifically the regulation would ban "suppliers from soliciting or entering into unsolicited contracts for prescribed goods and...

CAMA Creates CAO Performance Evaluation Toolkit
2017-07-06 2:45:00 PM

The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) has created a three-step CAO performance evaluation toolkit, which is designed to enhance the CAO-Council relationship and provide councils with better resources for achieving their strategic goals and objectives. The...

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