AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Paper Explores Toronto's Ward Boundary Review
2017-07-06 10:25:00 AM

The Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance has published a new paper examining the City of Toronto's Ward Boundary Review (WBR), which began in 2013. The paper explores the legal context that Toronto's review was completed in, and assesses possible next steps including...

Province Unveils Rural Education Strategy
2017-07-05 2:00:00 PM

Last week the government unveiled a new rural education strategy designed to strengthen the quality and delivery of education in rural and remote Ontario communities. Key tenets of the plan include:  Investing in broadband, special education supports, and experientia...

New Community Hubs Program
2017-07-05 9:30:00 AM

The government of Ontario has launched a new program to help municipalities and other community organizations create community hubs . Through the program, the province will help municipalities hold surplus properties, such as schools, hospitals, or other provincially-owned b...

Regulations Coming Into Force on July 1 2017
2017-07-04 2:28:34 PM

As of July 1st a significant number of new regulations have come into effect in Ontario. Here are some of the changes that took effect at the beginning of the month:  The Ontario Seniors' Public Transit Tax Credit, which will provide a 15% refund for seniors on all e...

OMERS Makes Key Plan Changes
2017-06-28 5:00:42 PM

The OMERS Sponsors Corporation has approved three changes to the OMERS Pension Plan, including Commuted values and buy backs: Currently OMERS members whose employments ends before they are eligible to receive an early retirement pension can either chose to defer thei...

Ombudsman Releases Annual Report
2017-06-28 4:52:26 PM

Yesterday the Ontario Ombudsman released his 2016-17 annual report. Between April 2016 and March 2017 the Ombudsman's office received 21,328 complaints, with most being resolved within two weeks or less. Key topics covered in this years report included:  Segregation ...

Webinar on ARB Changes for Senior Municipal Staff and Elected Officials
2017-06-28 2:58:24 PM

The Municipal Finance Officers Association (MFOA), in partnership with AMCTO, AMO, OMTRA, and OMAA is hosting a free webinar for senior municipal public servants and elected officials on changes to the Assessment Review Board's Rules of Practice and Procedure. This webinar, wh...

New Resource on Updated Land Use Plans
2017-06-26 9:51:08 AM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MMA) and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) are sharing a presentation on the province's new and updated land use plans. The presentation, which was delivered jointly by OPPI and MMA, provides a broad overview of the new plan...

OMB Releasing New Appeals Forms
2017-06-22 11:07:32 AM

The Ontario Municipal Board is releasing new appeals forms, designed to make it easier for stakeholders to complete and submit the required paperwork to process and respond to an appeal. The specific improvements to the forms include:  A fillable PDF format that will...

City of Toronto Proposes Regulations for Short-term Rentals
2017-06-20 4:57:20 PM

The City of Toronto has tabled its proposals for regulating short-term rentals, such as Airbnb, VRBO and others. Under the proposed new rules, property owners in Toronto would have to comply with a series of rules before making a property available for short-term rentals. The...

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