AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Government Announces a Nearly $30 Billion GTA Transit Plan
2019-04-10 12:04:00 PM

Premier Ford and Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek today announced a $26.7 billion public transit expansion plan that involves four GTA projects with the following cost projections:  Ontario Line (formerly the Downtown Relief Line): $10.9 billion Scarborough subway: $5....





Second Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Announced
2019-03-27 10:07:28 AM

The Ministry of Infrastructure yesterday announced that the second stream of public transit under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program will be open to “make public transit infrastructure better, safer, and more accessible.” The first intake of this stream will op...





Ontario to Help Communities Improve Transit
2019-01-25 2:15:36 PM

The Ontario government today announced its support to continue the Ontario Community Transportation Grant Program which will provide $30 million over five years to 39 municipalities. This funding will allow municipalities to partner with community organizations to coordinat...





Government Announces Transit Funding for Municipalities
2019-01-09 10:48:30 AM

Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek yesterday announced that the Government is providing $364 million in funding from Ontario’s gas tax program to 107 municipalities across the promise to improve or expand their public transit systems.  Funding for Ontario’s gas tax prog...





Proposed Cannabis Regulations Posted
2018-01-25 4:16:39 PM

The government has posted proposed regulations to govern its legalization of recreational cannabis. The proposed regulations cover places of use, impaired-driving, storefronts and medical cannabis. See below for the draft regulations:  Proposed places of use regulations und...





Proposed Building Code Regulation Posted
2017-11-24 10:32:56 AM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has posted a proposed regulation that would establish a building code evaluation program for buildings with rooftop parking, and exposed multi-story, above-ground parking structures. The proposals suggested in the regulation are derived from ...





Ontario and Michigan Conduct First Border Crossing by Self-driving Car
2017-07-31 10:04:07 AM

The province of Ontario and the State of Michigan have partnered to conduct North America's first national, cross-border automated vehicle test drive. The test, which will be conducted using a 2015 Cadillac ATS and a Chrysler 300, will begin in Detroit and continue to Windsor ...





New Report on Regulating Disruptive Technology
2017-05-26 10:54:46 AM

The Mowat Centre has released a new report on how governments can better adapt their regulatory approaches to new disruptive technologies. According to the report: “Governments across the world are scrambling to respond to the arrival of innovative new digital services such...





Ministry of Transportation Consulting on Display Screens and Hand-held Devices
2017-05-09 12:48:58 PM

The Ministry of Transportation is currently looking for feedback on regulations about the use of display screens and hand-held devices, such as two-way radios. Currently certain sectors are exempted from rules against using and holding hand-held devices while driving, such as...





Photo Radar Bill Passes Second Reading
2017-04-13 12:00:59 PM

Bill 65, the  Safer School Zones Act , passed second reading this week and was referred to the Standing Committee on General Government. Amongst other things, the bill would allow municipalities to use photo radar (automated speed-enforcement systems) in school and community ...





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