AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Supreme Court of Canada Hearing on Better Local Government Act
2021-03-08 11:30:44 AM

The Supreme Court of Canada has set a March 16th hearing date for the City of Toronto's appeal related to the City of Toronto et al v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2018 ONSC 5151  and subsequent appeal in  Toronto (City) v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2019 ONCA 732  which deal...





Additional Funds for Audit and Accountability Program
2021-03-04 1:31:23 PM

Catching up on some news from this week: On March 1st 2021, the Province announced additional dollars towards the Audit and Accountability Fund. As you know, this Fund is to help large municipalities find better and more efficient ways to operate and save taxpayers' dollars...





Information and Privacy Commissioner Launches Consultation on Priorities
2020-12-16 1:20:23 PM

The Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) launched a consultation process to help identify what should be the IPC’s strategic priorities over the next five years. They want to know what are the most pressing access and privacy issues facing Ontarians, now and into the fu...





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  ...





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