AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Federal Government Unveils National Housing Strategy
2017-11-23 4:30:21 PM

Yesterday the federal government unveiled its long-anticipated National Housing Strategy. The strategy commits the federal government to spend $40 billion on a range of housing initiatives, including homelessness, new housing units, and repairing existing housing stock. Speci...

Applications Still Open for the Red Program
2017-11-16 3:22:56 PM

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is reminding municipalities that applications are still being accepted for the Rural Economic Development Program. See below for details about the program.  Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs ...

Government To Exempt Essential Public Services from Bill 148
2017-11-16 2:20:44 PM

In a letter to AMO President Lynn Dollin, Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro has confirmed that the government will introduce amendments to exempt essential public services from Bill 148's on-call pay and 96 hours notice scheduling provisions. Specifically, as a result ...

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 .  

Pages: 9 of 52