AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Door-to-Door Sales Restrictions Take Effect
2017-12-21 11:04:30 AM

New provisions that regulate door-to-door sales will take effect on March 1st, 2018. Specifically the new restrictions, enacted as part of the Putting Consumers First Act:  Prescribe the goods and services (listed below) with respect to which suppliers are prohibit...

Federal Government Licensing New Cannabis Producers
2017-12-20 1:00:00 PM

Health Canada has announced plans to license 208 new cannabis producers, more than tripling the current number of official growers in the country. The move is designed to substantially increase the capacity of the cannabis industry as the government's proposed date for legali...

Proposed Inclusionary Zoning Regulation Posted
2017-12-20 11:39:11 AM

The government is seeking feedback on a proposed regulation that would give municipalities that power to use inclusionary zoning under the Planning Act. In 2016 the province passed the Promoting Affordable Housing Act , which amongst its many provisions gave municipalities ...

Elections Ontario - Appeals Process for Questions on Ballot
2017-12-20 10:22:01 AM

Elections Ontario is required to inform municipalities of the process for appeals to questions on a municipal ballot.  As such, they have provided the form below as a resource and direction for further information.  Municipal Appeal Information Sheet  

Legislature Rises for Holiday Break
2017-12-18 9:30:00 AM

Last week Queen's Park wrapped up its fall sitting and rose for the holiday break. Before leaving the legislature passed a number of important bills with municipal implications, including:  Bill 139 , the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act will ...

Province Consulting on Greenbelt Expansion
2017-12-15 10:00:10 AM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is currently consulting on a potential expansion of the greenbelt to better protect important water resources in the outer ring of the Greater Golden Horseshoe--an area that is under pressure from expanding urban development. Specifically, th...

Federal Government, Provinces Reach Revenue Sharing Deal on Cannabis
2017-12-14 11:37:16 AM

Earlier this week the federal government and provinces reached a deal on sharing tax revenue from cannabis sales. According to the deal provinces will collect 75% of all excise tax levied on cannabis sales, while the federal government will take the remaining 25%. The deal als...

Proposed OMB Reform Regs Posted
2017-12-08 2:17:46 PM

Yesterday the Ministry of Municipal Affairs posted draft regulations that enact the transition from the Ontario Municipal Board to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). The proposed regulations cover:  Transition rules for matters and proceedings that come to th...

Auditor General Releases Annual Report
2017-12-08 1:53:14 PM

Earlier this week the Auditor General released her 2017 annual report. This years report included 14 value-for-money audits covering a range of topics, from energy, to emergency management, cybersecurity, healthcare, and housing. Here are some of the relevant highlights for m...

Applications Open for Smart Cities Challenge
2017-12-06 11:37:28 AM

Infrastructure Canada is now accepting applications for its Smart Cities Challenge, a competition open to all municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities across Canada. The competition will award prizes to communities who are making innovative use...

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