AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Government Introduces Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, 2019
2019-11-11 2:59:46 PM

Last week, the government released its Fall Economic Statement , which the government says maintains the commitment to balance the budget by 2023-24 whilst making investments into critical public services and strengthening conditions for job creation. The government has i...





Minister Clark Receives Regional Government Review Report
2019-09-26 11:35:04 AM

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark yesterday received the regional governance review report but reiterated that the report will not at this point be released publicly. The review examines service delivery, governance and decision-making structures in the...





Regulations Passed Amending Schedule 12 of Bill 108
2019-09-10 9:15:42 AM

On September 3 rd , regulations amending Schedule 12 of Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 , came into effect after 30 days of open consultations and review by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The government received more than 400 comments relatin...





Government Proposing Changes to the Provincial Policy Statement
2019-07-22 10:48:03 AM

As directed in the government’s More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan , the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is proposing changes to the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) – a consolidated statement of the government’s policies on land use pla...





Regional Governance Implications for Region of Peel Released by Deloitte
2019-04-04 1:40:50 PM

At the request of the Region of Peel and in light of the ongoing regional governance review, Deloitte undertook a report to examine the financial implications of changing the current two-tiered municipal government model which makes up the Region of Peel.  The report loo...





Government Launches Local Consultations on Regional Governance Review
2019-03-14 9:28:01 AM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing yesterday announced that it is launching online consultations for residents, businesses, and stakeholders in the 82 upper-and-lower-tier municipalities included in the regional governance review. The Ministry is specifically looki...





Government to Review Regional Governance
2019-01-15 3:31:45 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing today announced a plan to review Ontario’s regional governments.  The review will examine Ontario’s eight regional municipalities – Halton, York, Durham, Waterloo, Niagara, Peel, Muskoka District, and Oxford County – and Simcoe...





Government to Help Small Municipalities Plan for Infrastructure Needs
2019-01-14 11:39:08 AM

Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, Monte McNaughton, on Friday announced that 58 rural Ontario municipalities will receive infrastructure help through a program delivered by the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario (MFOA) in partnership with the province. Thi...





OMPF Reductions and Allocation Notices
2019-01-03 10:54:03 AM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) in late December announced that the Ministry of Finance sent a letter to Ontario’s heads of council and treasurers advising that the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) will be reduced by an unspecified amount and that all...





MPAC Provides Update on Bill 66 Reference
2018-12-17 2:48:52 PM

Last week the Government announced Bill 66  including a commitment to confirm with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) that industrial properties will be assessed based on current permitted uses and not speculative.  In a follow up to AMCTO, MPAC confirms...





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