AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Support for Road Tolls Sharply Divided
2016-11-29 9:20:18 AM

New polling shows that support for the use of road tolls in the GTHA is deeply divided, with drivers the least supportive and cyclists the most supportive. Last week City of Toronto Mayor John Tory outlined his support for using road tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Va...





Province to Introduce Legislation Allowing Municipalities to Use Photo Radar
2016-11-09 3:44:57 PM

The government has announced its plans to introduce legislation that would allow municipalities to use photo radar to detect speeding, amongst other measures designed to fight speeding. Specifically, the government's proposal would allow municipalities to: Use automated ...





Province Developing New Northern Ontario Transportation Strategy
2016-10-25 2:00:32 AM

The government of Ontario is conducting consultations as part of its commitment to develop a new multi-modal transportation strategy for northern Ontario. The transportation strategy, part of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario , will include recommendations for improving th...





Proposed Extension of Municipal GO Transit Development Charge By-Laws & Munic...
2016-09-26 5:05:16 PM

Under Reg. 528/06 of the Metrolinx Act 2006, the proposal extends the expiry date of the current municipal development charge by-laws for GO Transit's growth and expansion capital costs enabled by this Regulation for another three years, until December 31, 2019.   In add...





Building Trust and Funding Public Transit
2016-07-25 1:35:17 PM

A new paper, published by the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance (IMFG), explores how municipal governments can build better trust with the public to allow them to raise the funds necessary to build public transit. According to the paper: Cities across Canada face an...





Province Consulting on Intercommunity Transportation
2016-07-12 12:47:24 PM

The government of Ontario has launched a province-wide consultation on how to strengthen and improve bus transportation between communities. The Ministry of Transportation is currently considering a number of different changes to the regulations governing inter-city bus travel...





Federal Government Commits to Update Rail Crossings
2016-04-27 7:19:43 PM

The federal government has pledged $10.9 million to update and fix more than 400 railway crossings across Canada. The new funding will complement $143 million in funding that was announced as part of the 2016 federal budget. The new funding will go towards flashing lights and ...





City of Toronto Releases Uber Regulations
2016-04-08 6:56:59 PM

The City of Toronto has released details of its new approach to regulating ride-sharing companies, such as Uber. Under the proposal "private transportation companies" (like Uber) would be allowed to operate legally under a new bylaw, while the rules for the city's existing tax...





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