AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Smart Cities Survey
2017-08-03 5:18:32 PM

AMCTO is encouraging its members and others working in the municipal sector in Ontario to participate in a survey about the implementation of Smart City services and the digitization of local public services. The survey, which is being conducted by Drs. David Wolfe, Zachary Sp...

Consultations on Updated Building Code
2017-07-20 11:30:00 AM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MMA) is conducting consultations on its proposed updates to the Ontario Building Code. The majority of the proposed changes are intended to enable to the government to meet goals set under its Climate Change Action Plan. If approved, the buil...

New Resource on Updated Land Use Plans
2017-06-26 9:51:08 AM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MMA) and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) are sharing a presentation on the province's new and updated land use plans. The presentation, which was delivered jointly by OPPI and MMA, provides a broad overview of the new plan...

OMB Releasing New Appeals Forms
2017-06-22 11:07:32 AM

The Ontario Municipal Board is releasing new appeals forms, designed to make it easier for stakeholders to complete and submit the required paperwork to process and respond to an appeal. The specific improvements to the forms include:  A fillable PDF format that will...

Proposed Second Unit Development Charge Exemption
2017-06-19 2:58:02 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is looking for feedback on its proposed regulation for exempting second units in new homes from development charges. According to the proposal the regulation would:    "Prescribe single detached dwellings, semi-detache...

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...

Government Releases Updated Land Use Plans
2017-05-23 11:15:39 AM

Last week the government released its updated land-use plans for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) region. Updates to the provinces four GGH land use plans (Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Niagara Escarpment Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation...

Government Releases Proposed OMB Reforms
2017-05-16 11:38:27 AM

Today the Ministry of Municipal Affairs announced its proposed reforms the province’s land use planning appeals system and the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The government will introduce new legislation within the next several weeks that would replace the OMB with a new Local...

OPPI Looking for Non-Planning Volunteers
2016-10-24 5:44:13 PM

The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) is looking for a non-planner to join its volunteer council. Please see below for a message from OPPI: Call for Applications- OPPI Council Public Member Position OPPI is seeking a non-planner to become a member of its volunt...

OMB Consultation Details Released
2016-10-13 9:22:26 PM

Last week the government released the details of consultations it will conduct as part of its review of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), which was announced in June. The review is one of the government's key priorities, having been listed in the Minister of Municipal Affairs...

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