AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
New Paper on Municipalities As Prudent Investors
2017-06-20 2:15:48 PM

The Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance has released a new paper examining prudent investor status, a new investment regime that will be available to some municipalities in Ontario following the passage of Bill 68 . The paper explores how municipal prudent investor...

Proposed Second Unit Development Charge Exemption
2017-06-19 2:58:02 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is looking for feedback on its proposed regulation for exempting second units in new homes from development charges. According to the proposal the regulation would:    "Prescribe single detached dwellings, semi-detache...

More Details on Updated ARB Rules of Procedure
2017-06-19 2:28:34 PM

At the beginning of April, the Assessment Review Board (ARB) introduced new Rules of Practice and Procedure, which usher in significant changes to how municipalities will participate in property tax assessment appeals in the future. In order to comply with the new rules, over...

AGCO Hosting Teleconference on New Electronic Raffles Framework     
2017-06-16 9:19:25 AM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario is hosting a teleconference for municipalities to provide an update on its plans to launch a new regulatory framework allowing electronic raffles. Information for the call is as follows:  Good Afternoon, The Alcohol and Gami...

Webinar on Proposed Asset Management Regulation
2017-06-15 10:00:17 AM

The Ministry of Infrastructure is holding webinars to help municipalities better understand the province's proposed asset management planning regulation . The webinars will provide a brief overview of the proposed regulation and then allow participants to ask questions. Deta...

Ontario Introduces Emergency Services Reforms
2017-06-06 3:39:25 PM

The province has announced a series of reforms to emergency health services, including a new system for paramedic dispatching and two fire service paramedicine pilot programs. The province's new proposed medical dispatch system is designed to do a better job of triaging and pr...

Government Introduces Plan to Raise Minimum Wage and Overhaul Labour Laws
2017-06-05 1:40:22 PM

Last week the government introduced its Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Plan, which if passed would raise the minimum wage and introduce an ambitious set of reforms to labour laws and practices in Ontario. In addition to raising the minimum wage to $14/hour in 2018 an...

WSIB Looking for Input on PTSD Strategy
2017-06-05 9:59:57 AM

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is currently in the process of developing a new policy to support recent provincial legislation that would allow compensation for work-related chronic mental stress. This new policy will affect a number of sectors, including mun...

New MGCS Guidance on Reasonable Searches for Records
2017-06-05 9:11:27 AM

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has developed new guidance for municipalities about conducting reasonable searches for records in response to freedom of information requests.  Find the guidance here , as well as a tip sheet prepared by the ministry. 

List of Bills Passed During the Spring Session
2017-06-05 8:50:06 AM

During its spring sitting the Ontario legislature passed 17 bills, addressing a range of issues from energy, housing, and healthcare, to the economy and municipal affairs. Here is a full list of the bills passed:  Bill 27 , Burden Reduction Act  Designed to reduc...

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