AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
AMCTO’s Issue at a Glance: Voters’ List Now Available
2019-07-30 9:33:55 AM

In light of Elections Ontario recent report containing recommendations to improve the municipal voters’ list, AMCTO has released a second edition of its Issue at a Glance briefing note series on the Voters’ List.   Elections Ontario’s report, Modernizing Ontario’s Elect...





AMCTO Advocacy Win: Elections Ontario Recommends Changes to the Voter’s List ...
2019-04-18 11:27:49 AM

AMCTO has released the following statement in response to the Elections Ontario's report on fixing the voters list:  AMCTO today applauded the report tabled by Ontario's Chief Electoral Officer, Greg Essensa, Modernizing Ontario's Electoral Process , which includes 13 t...





Premier to Use Notwithstanding Clause to Pass Better Local Government Act
2018-09-10 6:00:57 PM

Today Premier Ford announced that he will use the notwithstanding clause in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to reintroduce Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act . Sections of the Act were overturned this morning by a ruling in Ontario Superior Court that found Bill 5 ...





Better Local Government Act Passes Third Reading
2018-08-14 5:29:16 PM

Today the Better Local Government Act passed third reading and now awaits Royal Assent. The Better Local Government Act introduces a number of reforms to local government in the province, including reducing the size of Toronto's city council and eliminating elections of re...





AMCTO Responds to Announcement of The Better Local Government Act
2018-07-30 11:47:10 PM

Last week several municipal reforms with significant ramifications, were put forward by the Honourable Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark. While we look forward to reviewing the upcoming legislation, the announcement and several aspe...





AMCTO Election Express #6
2018-04-30 1:24:53 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has released updated election forms and candidates and voters' guides. The updated guides can be found on the Ministry's election website , while update election forms can be found in the government's central forms repository .  Recently...





Updated Election Forms and Guides Now Available
2018-04-05 1:51:06 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has released updated election forms and candidates and voters' guides. The updated guides can be found on the Ministry's election website , while update election forms can be found in the government's central forms repository . 





Speech from the Throne Update
2018-03-20 11:32:31 AM

Yesterday Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell delivered a Speech from the Throne, laying out of the government's priorities for final few months of the current sitting of the legislature. In its throne speech the government identified a number of priorities th...





Bill 68 Implementation Schedule
2018-01-31 5:19:56 PM

AMCTO has created a new resource, which provides overview of some new municipal responsibilities following the passage of Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act (MOMLA). Bill 68 introduced a series of reforms to the M unicipal Act , Municipal Conflict...





AMCTO Election Manual, Forms and Notices Now Available
2017-12-04 11:50:22 AM

The AMCTO Election Manual is a resource that provides detailed guidance to election administrators in Ontario.  AMCTO is proud to provide this valuable resource and this year, we have worked wtih Debi Wilcox and her team on making this resource available through our Fall trai...





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