AMCTO Policy Blog


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





Proposed Inclusionary Zoning Regulation Posted
2017-12-20 11:39:11 AM

The government is seeking feedback on a proposed regulation that would give municipalities that power to use inclusionary zoning under the Planning Act. In 2016 the province passed the Promoting Affordable Housing Act , which amongst its many provisions gave municipalities ...





Province Consulting on Greenbelt Expansion
2017-12-15 10:00:10 AM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is currently consulting on a potential expansion of the greenbelt to better protect important water resources in the outer ring of the Greater Golden Horseshoe--an area that is under pressure from expanding urban development. Specifically, th...





Proposed OMB Reform Regs Posted
2017-12-08 2:17:46 PM

Yesterday the Ministry of Municipal Affairs posted draft regulations that enact the transition from the Ontario Municipal Board to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). The proposed regulations cover:  Transition rules for matters and proceedings that come to th...





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 ...





New Report Suggests Airbnb Influences Housing Supply
2017-09-28 8:39:34 AM

A new study, released by academics at McGill University, argues that Airbnb is increasingly playing a role in limited housing supply in Canada. The report, which studied the impact of Airbnb on housing supply in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver over the past year, found that ...





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...





 
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