AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Ontario Releases Fall Economic Statement
2018-11-15 8:08:53 PM

Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli this afternoon released the government’s 2018 Economic Fall Statement, laying out the government’s forecasted economic growth and demonstrating how it plans to “make life more affordable” for Ontarians while also “making government more efficien...

Province Passes New Cannabis Regulations
2018-11-15 11:01:23 AM

The Ontario PC government yesterday evening passed new regulations for the licensing and operation of private cannabis stores. Focusing largely on the protection of children and youth and overseen by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), these regulations provi...

Free Webinar on Municipal-Indigenous Relations
2018-11-12 3:18:28 PM

AMCTO is partnering with AMO to host a free webinar for municipal public servants and elected officials on municipal-indigenous relations. This webinar, which will take place on Wednesday November 28th from 2:00 - 3:30pm, builds on a previous webinar on municipal-indigenous r...

Premier Shuffles Cabinet
2018-11-05 10:44:35 AM

Today Premier Doug Ford announced a series of changes to his cabinet, prompted by the resignation of Jim Wilson as Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. The changes are as follows:  The Honourable Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, who has been se...

Government Scraps Elements of Bill 148
2018-10-24 2:16:47 PM

This week the government announced that it would repeal elements of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act , passed by the previous government. Specifically, the government announced that it will maintain Ontario's minimum wage at $14 per hour (until 2020 when increase...

New Cyber Security Resource
2018-10-18 5:44:19 PM

The CLX Forum has published a free eBook on cyber security. "Canadian Cybersecurity 2018" is written by Cyber Security Specialists from across the world. The book's purpose is to educate and bring awareness to cyber security issues in Canada. Topics covered in the book includ...

Cannabis Legislation Passes
2018-10-18 5:32:30 PM

Bill 36, the  Ontario Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act , passed third reading and received Royal Assent on October 17, the first day that recreational cannabis could be legally sold in Canada. As a result, recreational cannabis can now be legally purchased online in Ontar...

Government Repeals Firefighter Certification Regulation
2018-10-16 11:35:23 AM

The government has repealed a new regulation, enacted under the Fire Protection and Prevent Act , that would have created new requirements for mandatory firefighter training and certification. Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Michael Tibollo said in a le...

Update on 1/3 Tax Exemption
2018-10-09 4:01:03 PM

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has provided an update on changes to the 1/3 tax exemption that some municipal councillors receive. The end of the 1/3 tax exemption was included in the federal government's 2017 budget. According to the bulletin circulated by the CRA, the chan...

Changes to Blanket and Bazaar Lottery Licences
2018-10-02 11:56:26 AM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has made a number of changes to lottery licencing policies that are designed to provide greater flexibility for charities and ease the administrative burden. Specific changes introduced at the beginning of September by the AGCO incl...

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