AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Code of Conduct Regulation Posted
2017-11-15 3:58:34 PM

The government has posted a regulatory proposed that would prescribe what municipalities and local boards must include their codes of conduct. The following items are prescribed subject matters to be included: Gifts, benefits and hospitality. Respectful c...

MEA Regulation Posted
2017-11-15 3:49:32 PM

Last week the government posted a regulation that would operationalize a number of aspects of the Municipal Elections Act. The draft regulation outlines proposals for the following areas: That candidate nominations to be endorsed by 25 elector signatures be exempted ...

Updated - ADO Offering Free Accessibility Training
2017-11-15 10:16:26 AM

The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO) and the Accessibility Centre of Excellence (ACOE) are offering a number of training opportunities this fall. The courses, which are being offered at no cost, will all be delivered as webinars. Please see below for specific inform...

Proposed Municipal Act Regulation Posted
2017-11-10 8:57:13 AM

The government has posted a proposed Municipal Act regulation that, if approved, would govern the creation of small business programs. According to the regulation, small business programs (often referred to as small business incubators) are designed to allow municipalities ...

Ontario Introduces Proposed Policing Reforms
2017-11-03 1:14:50 PM

Yesterday Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Marie-France Lalonde and Attorney General Yasir Naqvi introduced the government's proposed community safety and policing reforms. Key reforms include:  Giving municipalities a larger role in defining an...

Ontario Tables Cannabis Legislation
2017-11-02 11:42:40 AM

Roughly a month after announcing its proposed approach to legalizing recreational cannabis, the Government of Ontario has tabled legislation that would enact that vision. Specifically, Bill 174, the Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, wou...

Government Releases Long-Term Energy Plan
2017-10-30 4:45:56 PM

Last week the government released the 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan. The plan sets out the government's energy strategy for the next several years, and includes the its plan for reducing electricity bills by 25 percent. Read the full plan here .  

Province Engaging Municipalities on Locations for Sale of Recreational Cannabis
2017-10-30 3:34:37 PM

On Friday the province sent letters to all municipalities in Ontario to begin the process of identifying locations for retail stores that will sell recreational cannabis. According to the letter, the process will be led by the LCBO. In making its decisions about where to loca...

ADO Conducting Survey on Information and Communications Standards
2017-10-25 2:59:27 PM

The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario is conducting a survey as part of its review of the Information and Communications accessibility standard. Please see below for a message from the ADO, including an explanation of the standard.  Take the survey here . As you may ...

Bill with Voters' List Implications Passes
2017-10-25 11:03:35 AM

Bill 152, the Representation Statute Law Amendment Act , has passed third reading and is awaiting Royal Assent. Amongst other measures, Bill 152 will allow the Chief Electoral Officer to provide information from the Permanent Register of Electors of Ontario (PREO) to MPAC ...

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