AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
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Last week the Ontario Government repealed the 2009 Green Energy Act which the government says raised the cost of electricity for families and businesses.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Yesterday Premier Doug Ford officially rescinded Ontario's cap-and-trade regulation.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...





New Government Announces Intention to End Cap-and-Trade
2018-06-15 2:08:12 PM

Premier-designate Doug Ford announced that his cabinet's first act upon assuming power will be to cancel Ontario's cap-and-trade system and challenge the federal government's authority to impose a carbon tax on the province of Ontario. The Premier-designate also announced tha...





Government Consulting on New Regulation for Excess Soil Management
2018-04-23 2:19:57 PM

The province is seeking feedback on a proposed new regulation that would govern the management and reuse of excess soil. Excess soil is typically dirt or soil that is dug up as part of a construction project and needs to be removed from its original location. The goal of the p...





FCM Launches New Staff Salary Granting Program
2018-04-09 2:34:56 PM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), in partnership with the Government of Canada, has launched a new funding program that will provide grants for municipalities to hire staff working on climate change. Specifically, the program will provide grants of up to $125,0...





Applications Open for Community Environment Fund
2018-03-27 4:59:42 PM

Applications are now open for funding under the Ontario Community Environment Fund (OECP). The OECP offers up to $133,000 in funding across nine watersheds throughout the province for projects that restore and protect affected watersheds. Since 2010, OCEF has disbursed close ...





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