AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Ontario Launches Inquiry Into Safety of Long-term Care Homes
2017-08-10 5:45:03 PM

Ontario's Attorney General has appointed Ontario Justice Eileen Gillese to lead an independent public inquiry into the oversight of long-term care homes in Ontario. Specifically, Justice Gillese has been tasked with reviewing whether or not systemic issues have contributed to ...

Smart Cities Survey
2017-08-03 5:18:32 PM

AMCTO is encouraging its members and others working in the municipal sector in Ontario to participate in a survey about the implementation of Smart City services and the digitization of local public services. The survey, which is being conducted by Drs. David Wolfe, Zachary Sp...

Ontario and Michigan Conduct First Border Crossing by Self-driving Car
2017-07-31 10:04:07 AM

The province of Ontario and the State of Michigan have partnered to conduct North America's first national, cross-border automated vehicle test drive. The test, which will be conducted using a 2015 Cadillac ATS and a Chrysler 300, will begin in Detroit and continue to Windsor ...

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...

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