AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
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...





Bill 66: Greenbelt Implications
2018-12-10 2:11:38 PM

Last week, the Ontario PC Government  introduced Bill 66, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act . Part of the Bill would allow municipalities to create “open for business” zoning bylaws that would allow municipalities to bypass numerous existing pieces of legislatio...





Government Announces Legislation to Reduce Burden on Job Creators
2018-12-07 10:43:00 AM

The Ontario Government yesterday proposed a package of over 30 actions that they say will reduce the regulatory burden on job creators. If Bill 66 passes, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act 2018 will “cut business costs, harmonize regulatory requirements with oth...





Final OMB/LPAT Regulations Posted
2018-03-26 2:18:12 PM

The government has posted the final regulations for the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), the body that will replace the Ontario Municipal Board. You can view these regulations here .  For more:  Proposed OMB Reform Regulations Posted





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