AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Special Advisor Submits Report to Minister to Reform Ontario's Recycling Program
2019-08-08 11:40:20 AM

David Lindsay, the Special Advisor on Recycling and Plastic Waste, has submitted his report to MECP (Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks) Minister Jeff Yurek, which would see significant reforms to Ontario’s Blue Box program. The report found that diversion ...

Ontario Government Looking to Change Recycling Program
2019-06-07 12:12:42 PM

In an effort to tackle issues relating to recycling and plastic waste, the Ontario government has appointed David Lindsay as a Special Advisor on Recycling and Plastic Waste. Mr. Lindsay will provide Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) Rod Phillips a re...

Updated ‘Taking Care of Your Drinking Water’ Guide Now Available
2019-05-22 11:00:36 AM

Ontario's Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks has released an updated guide to help municipal councilors understand their responsibilities to provide a standard of care under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 .  Updates include information added on the ...

Ontario Proposing Changes on Excess Soil
2019-05-02 1:51:34 PM

The provincial government is introducing changes that will clarify rules for managing and transporting excess soil and will also increase penalties for those who dump soil illegally. The government says this will reduce the risk of soil being mismanaged and put vacant lands b...

Budget Update: Conservation Authorities
2019-04-29 11:31:31 AM

Conservation Authorities (CA) will have their $7.4 million transfer payment from the Hazard Program cut by half. CA forecastes flooding and issues warnings, monitors stream flow, regulates development activities in flood plans, educates the public about flooding, and protects...

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 , Schedule 10 of the Pla...

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...

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