AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Supreme Court of Canada Hearing on Better Local Government Act
2021-03-08 11:30:44 AM

The Supreme Court of Canada has set a March 16th hearing date for the City of Toronto's appeal related to the City of Toronto et al v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2018 ONSC 5151  and subsequent appeal in  Toronto (City) v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2019 ONCA 732  which deal...





Bill 254: Protecting Ontario's Elections Act
2021-03-01 2:15:30 PM

On February 25th, Minister Doug Downey introduced Bill 254: Protecting Ontario Elections Act. While the bill proposes a number of changes to processes and rules for Provincial elections, it would also make amendments to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (MEA)  . As y...





Private Members' Bill on Ranked Ballots
2020-11-18 9:11:14 AM

On November 17th, one day after  Bill 218: Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act passed third reading , MPP Mitzie Hunter introduced a Private Members' Bill (PMB), Bill 232: Local Choice for Local Elections Act . The Bill proposes to amend the ...





Advocacy Update: Bill 218
2020-11-16 1:52:09 PM

Update: As of November 20, 2020, Bill 218:  Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act  has received Royal Assent. On November 16th, Bill 218: Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act , passed third reading  after it had underwent brief st...





Bill 218: Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020
2020-10-20 5:45:06 PM

On October 20th, 2020, the Government introduced  Bill 218:  Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020 ,   which would "provide liability protection for workers, volunteers and organizations that make an honest effort to follow public health guidelines a...





Advocacy Update: Bill 204 Receives Royal Assent - the Municipal Voters' List
2020-10-01 4:34:45 PM

Bill 204, Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act , 2020 received Royal Assent today which makes the bill law. The Act amends various other pieces of legislation to create a a single registry of electors for municipal and provincial elections. The changes take effect Ja...





Advocacy Update: AMCTO members claim small victory towards efforts to update ...
2020-09-21 10:02:03 AM

The Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) is pleased with the Province’s  announcement  regarding the introduction of legislation that would create a single register of voters for municipal and provincial elections to take effect January 1...





Statement: Announced Legislation on a Municipal Voters' List
2020-09-17 4:47:20 PM

Today, the Government of Ontario introduced a Bill which proposes to create a single register of voters for municipal and provincial elections which will take effect in 2024, ahead of the 2026 municipal election.  AMCTO has been advocating for changes to the municipal vote...





AMCTO Win: Voters’ List and Regional Governance Review
2019-10-25 2:18:13 PM

AMCTO is pleased that the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark, addressed two of AMCTO’s policy priorities during his address at AMO’s Fall Policy Forum today:   Voters’ List Regional Governance Review 1)  Minister Clark annou...





2019 Federal Election: Liberals to Form a Minority Government
2019-10-22 7:05:05 AM

After a 40-day election campaign, Canadians elected a new Parliament on October 21st with the Liberals winning 157 seats to form a minority government. Barring any changes as a result of recounts, seat standings for Canada's 43rd Parliament will be:   Liberal Party...





 
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