AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Kingston Declares Climate Emergency
2019-03-07 9:11:44 AM

Kingston is the first municipality in Ontario to unanimously pass a motion declaring a climate emergency within its city limits on Tuesday. Although the motion is symbolic in nature, declaring a climate emergency will help the city name, frame, and deepen its commitment to pro...





Government Announces Next Stage in Environmental Plan
2019-02-13 6:47:27 PM

The Ontario Government yesterday announced its planned approach  which the Government says will protect the environment and fight climate change by combining emission reduction standards while also recognizing Ontario’s economy and its manufacturing sector.  These Made-in...





Organizations Selected to Help Municipalities Reach Environmental Targets
2019-02-05 11:23:38 AM

The Canadian Government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) yesterday announced a new initiative to help Canadian municipalities across Canada reach significant carbon emission reduction targets. Known as Transition 2050 , the initiative will fund training an...





Government Backtracks on Greenbelt Development Plans
2019-01-24 10:20:35 AM

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark yesterday announced via his twitter account that proposed changes in Bill 66 implicating Ontario’s Greenbelt would be dropped when the legislature resumes in February. As AMCTO previously noted , part of Bill 66 would a...





Government Repeals Green Energy Act
2018-12-10 3:45:30 PM

Last week the Ontario Government repealed the 2009 Green Energy Act which the government says raised the cost of electricity for families and businesses. The new Green Energy Repeal Act gives the provincial government the authority to halt approvals for energy projects wh...





Bill 66: Greenbelt Implications
2018-12-10 2:11:38 PM

Last week, the Ontario PC Government  introduced Bill 66, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act . Part of the Bill would allow municipalities to create “open for business” zoning bylaws that would allow municipalities to bypass numerous existing pieces of legislatio...





Government Announces New Climate Change Plan
2018-11-30 10:23:24 AM

The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks yesterday announced a proposed ‘Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan’ which the government says will protect the environment while lowering greenhouse gas emissions and helping to protect communities from climate change. Thi...





Chief Drinking Water Inspector Releases Annual Report
2018-11-28 2:32:06 PM

Ontario’s Chief Drinking Water Inspector released his annual report this month analyzing the cleanliness and safety of Ontario’s drinking water. Highlights of the 2017-2018 report include:  99.8% of the more than half a million drinking water test results from municipal ...





Climate Alliance Warns Municipalities to Bear Brunt of Cap-and-Trade Cancella...
2018-07-11 9:33:30 AM

An alliance of environmental groups is warning that Ontario's municipalities will face the greatest consequences of the government's decision to cancel its cap-and-trade program. According to the Urban Climate Alliance, "the province's cap-and-trade withdrawal leaves Ontario c...





Province Officially Announces End of Cap-and-Trade
2018-07-04 4:38:50 PM

Yesterday Premier Doug Ford officially rescinded Ontario's cap-and-trade regulation. The end of cap-and-trade took effect immediately as of July 3, 2018. Accordingly, the government announced that it will begin an "orderly wind-down" of all programs that are funded by revenues...





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