AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
New Map of Ontario Treaty Obligations
2018-05-10 4:36:22 PM

The Government of Ontario has created an interactive map of all Ontario's treaty obligations and First Nations reserves. The province is currently inviting input from municipalities until July of 2018. You can find out more here .

Fire Services Regulations Finalized
2018-05-10 4:21:50 PM

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services passed three new regulations governing fire services in Ontario. The regulations, which the government posted for comment in early spring, introduce a range of changes to fire services in Ontario, including mandatory ...

New Asset Management Resources
2018-05-08 2:15:18 PM

Last week the Minister of Infrastructure wrote to Mayors, CAOs, and Stakeholders to provide an update on new asset management resources available to municipalities. The resources include the dissemination of best practices, the creation of custom asset management plan assessm...

Updated Freedom of Information (FOI) and Protection of Privacy Manual
2018-05-07 4:50:20 PM

The province has recently updated its manual for freedom of information (FOI) and protection of privacy. The Freedom of Information (FOI) and Protection of Privacy Manual is a resource for all municipal and provincial privacy and FOI practitioners. The updates reflect recent ...

Province and Federal Government Reach Bilateral Agreement for National Housi...
2018-05-01 5:19:29 PM

Yesterday the province and the federal government announced a bilateral agreement to implement the National Housing Strategy in Ontario. According to the agreement more than $4.2 billion will be dedicated to protecting, renewing and expanding social and community housing in O...

ADO Offering New Accessibility Training
2018-04-30 2:48:19 PM

The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, in partnership with the government's Accessibility Centre of Excellence, is offering free new accessibility training. See below for details of the training:  Accessibility Courses Offered by the ADO:  In partnership with the Onta...

AMCTO Election Express #6
2018-04-30 1:24:53 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has released updated election forms and candidates and voters' guides. The updated guides can be found on the Ministry's election website , while update election forms can be found in the government's central forms repository .  Recently...

Applications for Municipal GHG Challenge Fund Now Open
2018-04-23 2:37:59 PM

The government of Ontario is now accepting applications for grants under the Municipal GHG Challenge Fund. The grants, which are funded by the proceeds from Ontario's carbon market, will fund up to 100% of the eligible costs for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. M...

Government Consulting on New Regulation for Excess Soil Management
2018-04-23 2:19:57 PM

The province is seeking feedback on a proposed new regulation that would govern the management and reuse of excess soil. Excess soil is typically dirt or soil that is dug up as part of a construction project and needs to be removed from its original location. The goal of the p...

Cannabis Implementation Guides
2018-04-16 2:44:00 PM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) have both released implementation guides for cannabis legalization. The guides are designed to help local governments understand their responsibilities as part of cannabis l...

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