AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Funding from Ontario’s Gas Tax Program Announced
2020-03-12 3:38:37 PM

Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney has announced that 111 Ontario municipalities will receive $365.3 million to invest in local transit through the Gas Tax Program. The Gas Tax Program is a long-term source of transit funding for municipalities and is determined ...





Government Introduces Bill 171, Building Transit Faster Act
2020-02-25 4:44:20 PM

The Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney, last week introduced Bill 171, Building Transit Faster Act, 2020 . The government says the bill will speed up the construction of the Ontario Line, the Scarborough Subway Extension, the Yonge Subway Extension, and the Eglint...





Government Moving Forward with Transit-Oriented Communities Strategy
2020-02-10 11:20:36 AM

Through the development of four new rapid transit lines, the government is working through its ‘transit-oriented communities’ strategy that will intensify development around major transit station areas in the Greater Toronto Area. Minister Clark has described the developme...





Government Passes Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act
2019-12-12 1:40:06 PM

The Ontario government has passed Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act , which the government says will make it easier to interact with the government, eliminate red tape, and modernize regulations. The changes will affects Acts from 14 different Ministries....





Municipal Enforcement of School Speed Limits Through Photo Radar Now In Effect
2019-12-04 10:04:42 AM

As of December 1 st , Ontario’s municipal governments can choose to enforce speed limits in school and community safety zones through the use of automated speed enforcement (ASE) technology. ASE technology, or more commonly referred to as photo radar, will be governed by a...





Province Announces Five Year E-Scooter Pilot Project
2019-11-27 11:55:13 AM

The Ontario Government has announced a five year e-scooter pilot project that will begin on January 1 st , 2020. Following a two-week consultation period, the five year pilot is launched within a framework of rules and requirements, such as helmet requirements and a maximum s...





Government Introduces Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act
2019-10-30 5:54:33 PM

The government has introduced Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act , 2019,  which aims to simplify and modernize regulations to lower the costs of doing business and make it easier to interact with the government. There are a total of 80 proposed changes...





Applications for Connecting Links Program Open
2019-10-04 1:52:07 PM

Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney, earlier this week  announced that the Ontario Government has opened applications for the next round of the Connecting Links program for new projects in eligible municipalities starting in spring 2020. The Connecting...





Regulations on Safety Standards for E-Scooters Proposed
2019-09-06 10:49:52 AM

The Ministry of Transportation is proposing regulations regarding the use of electric-scooters (e-scooters) and safety standards for on-road use as part of a pilot project. The proposed pilot framework will be in place for five years (no start date yet for the pilot) and w...





Ontario Introduces School Bus Safety Measures
2019-05-01 12:51:42 PM

The provincial government is introducing new measures to target drivers who threaten the safety of children crossing roads to their school or home.  This includes making school bus camera footage admissible in court without a witness present as evidence in cases relating t...





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