AMCTO Policy Blog

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

Canadian Urban Institute Releases New Site Alteration By-Law Language Tool
2016-10-07 12:56:41 PM

The Canadian Urban Institute’s site alteration by-law language tool was launched on September 28, 2016. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MMA) funded development of this interactive, online tool to help build the capacity for municipalities to use site alteration by-laws to ...

Applications Open for the Places to Grow Implementation Fund
2016-08-29 2:51:18 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is now accepting applications for the Places to Grow Implementation Fund, which is intended to fund projects that support the goals of the province's growth plans. Specifically, the grants are designed for projects that: Increase knowledge...

Nominations Open for 2016 Dazzling Notice Awards
2016-08-08 5:35:57 PM

Applications are now open for the 2016 Dazzling Notice Awards. The awards recognize municipalities that make a substantial effort to inform the public about opportunities for citizen participation and actively encourage their citizens to get involved. Prizes will be awarded in...

Ontario Government Releases Proposed Regulations for Inclusionary Zoning
2016-05-26 2:48:35 PM

Last week the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) released a proposal for inclusionary zoning regulations under the Planning Act. Inclusionary zoning is a policy tool that requires affordable units be included in new residential developments. This regulatory propo...

Oakville Mayor Weighs in on OMB Reform
2016-05-16 7:18:15 PM

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton published an op-ed last week in the Toronto Star  setting out a series of proposals for reforming the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). His proposals include: Exclude the board from hearing appeals of applications for amendments to provincially appr...

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