AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Broader Public Sector Energy Reporting for 2022
2022-05-02 1:51:22 PM

The Ministry of Energy is accepting annual energy reports under O. Reg. 507/18 . Reporting is for energy used in 2020 and due by July 1, 2022. Ministry hosted reporting webinars will be from 11am to 12pm on June 7 and 21 . For questions, email BPSsupport@ontar...

2022 Federal Budget
2022-04-12 2:07:33 PM

On Thursday, April 7, 2022 Canadian Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled Budget 2022: A Plan to Grow our Economy and Make Life More Affordable . The budget had 3 main pillars: Investments in people including housing, immigration, reconc...

Ontario Announces Gas Tax Funding
2022-01-21 4:48:07 PM

The Provincial government has announced Gas Tax Funding allocations. The government is providing $375.6 million to the 107 municipalities across the province that operate local transit. The funding can be used to extend service hours, buy transit vehicles, add routes, improve ...

FCM's Vision for Canada's Recovery
2021-12-13 10:02:44 AM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has released their vision for Canada’s recovery with recommendations for the 44 th Parliament. The document, Partners for Canada’s Recovery , offers non-partisan local solutions to tackle some of Canada’s biggest challenges inc...

Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund Allocations Announced
2021-12-10 9:14:04 AM

As first announced in the 2021 Fall Economic Statement , the Province is providing an additional $1 billion over the next five years for the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) as part of their plan to support economic recovery, growth and job creation through inve...

COP26 Wraps Up
2021-11-16 11:27:00 AM

The 26 th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow has come and gone, and as always there are potential impacts for the municipal sector. Many experts have regarded COP26 with unique urgency and as the most important COP since COP21 in Paris in 2015...

Minister's Annual Report on Drinking Water 2020
2020-12-22 9:47:24 AM

The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks released the 2020 Annual Report on Drinking Water. According to the ministry, 99.9 per cent of more than 523,000 tests results from municipal residential drinking water systems met Ontario's water quality standards. No...

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...

New EBR Posting: Proposal for Producers to Manage Blue Bin Programs
2020-10-19 3:03:31 PM

The Province is  proposing a new regulation  under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016  Consultation Timeline: October 19, 2020 - December 3, 2020 (45 days) Ministry: Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Further details and to comment: ...

EBR Posting Related to Bill 213
2020-10-08 9:16:53 AM

An EBR posting related to Bill 213   was posted October 6th related to a proposal to require municipal council support for new and increased bottle water takings. Under Ontario Water Resources Act and relates proposals from Bill 213 Consultation Timeline: October 6 2020 ...

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