AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Budget Bill: 229: Protect, Support and Recover From COVID-19 Act
2020-11-13 1:38:21 PM

We have  already blogged  about several measures announced as part of the Fall 2020 Budget. This post will focus on  Bill 229: Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), 2020,  which contains 44 Schedules that would make amendments to several Acts.   S...





Bill 213: Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2020 (reducing regulat...
2020-10-07 3:03:00 PM

On October 6 th , the Province introduced Bill 213, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act , 2020 . Some of what is being proposed here and in accompanying regulations appears to go beyond removing regulatory roadblocks and red tape that the Government has portrayed as ...





Auditor General Releases 2019 Annual Report
2019-12-06 8:55:30 AM

Ontario’s Auditor General, Bonnie Lysyk, released her 2019 Annual Report, which details value-for-money audits across a number of programs and practices as specified in the Auditor General Act . The objective of the audit is to “obtain reasonable assurance that the statement...





Ontario Launches Consultations on new Public Sector Benefits Pooling Model
2019-10-11 2:30:52 PM

The Ontario government intends to begin consultations on benefits pooling for the broader public sector later this year. Since the passage of the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act in April, the government has consulted with broader pu...





Auditor General Releases 2018 Annual Report
2018-12-06 11:24:42 AM

Ontario’s Auditor General yesterday released her 2018 Annual Report urging the province to ensure that transparency and accountability are consistent across government programs and services.  The Report outlined examples of overspending, lack of oversight, and soft-on-comp...





AMCTO Responds to Announcement of The Better Local Government Act
2018-07-30 11:47:10 PM

Last week several municipal reforms with significant ramifications, were put forward by the Honourable Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark. While we look forward to reviewing the upcoming legislation, the announcement and several aspe...





Code of Conduct Regulation Finalized
2018-03-08 11:54:17 AM

The regulation that states what topics have to be covered in municipal codes of conduct has been finalized and posted on e-laws. According to the regulation all codes of conduct for municipal councils and local boards must cover:  Gifts, benefits and hospitality  ...





Bill 68 Implementation Schedule
2018-01-31 5:19:56 PM

AMCTO has created a new resource, which provides overview of some new municipal responsibilities following the passage of Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act (MOMLA). Bill 68 introduced a series of reforms to the M unicipal Act , Municipal Conflict...





Auditor General Releases Annual Report
2017-12-08 1:53:14 PM

Earlier this week the Auditor General released her 2017 annual report. This years report included 14 value-for-money audits covering a range of topics, from energy, to emergency management, cybersecurity, healthcare, and housing. Here are some of the relevant highlights for m...





Code of Conduct Regulation Posted
2017-11-15 3:58:34 PM

The government has posted a regulatory proposed that would prescribe what municipalities and local boards must include their codes of conduct. The following items are prescribed subject matters to be included: Gifts, benefits and hospitality. Respectful c...





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