AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Two-Year Transition Period For Community Benefits Framework
2020-09-21 9:05:02 AM

On September 18 2020, the two-year transition period for the new Community Benefits framework began as a result of an in force proclaimation. In addition, changes to the Development Charges Act, 1997 were also proclaimed. As a result of the advocacy from the municipal secto...





Announcement: Phase 1 Funding for Municipalities under Safe Restart Agreement
2020-08-12 4:24:30 PM

On August 12th 2020, the Province announced the allocation of $1.6 billion in first phase emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement with the federal government, to be distributed this Fall. As AMCTO blogged  about previously, the funding under the Agreement is t...





Announcement: ICIP Changes for Pandemic-Resilient Infrastructure
2020-08-05 4:46:19 PM

On August 5th, Canada's Minister of Infrastructure and Communities announced adjustments to the ICIP to introduce a COVID-10 Resilience stream so that provinces and territories can use federal funding to act quickly on a wider range of more pandemic-resilient infrastructure ...





Bill 197, The COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act
2020-07-09 9:20:30 AM

On July 8, 2020, the Province introduced Bill 197, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act. This omnibus bill includes 20 schedules which amends multiple Acts. The Government has positioned the bill as addressing three critical needs Ontario faces: restarting jobs and development...





Noise By-Laws Temporarily Limited to Allow Essential Construction Projects to...
2020-04-09 10:41:44 AM

The Ontario government has extended construction hours for essential construction projects, such as projects related to the health care sector amid COVID-19, to 24 hours a day. With this, the government has passed O. Reg 131/20, which limits Section 451.1 of the Municipal...





Funding from Ontario’s Gas Tax Program Announced
2020-03-12 3:38:37 PM

Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney has announced that 111 Ontario municipalities will receive $365.3 million to invest in local transit through the Gas Tax Program. The Gas Tax Program is a long-term source of transit funding for municipalities and is determined ...





Ontario Releases Strategy for Flooding Preparedness
2020-03-11 9:31:29 AM

The government has released a strategy to better prepare Ontario for flooding events based on the 2019 flood management report by Special Advisor Doug McNeil. His report detailed the cause of the 2019 floods and included 65 recommendations on how the government can improve ma...





Government Proposes Regulations Relating to Community Benefits Authority
2020-03-02 11:17:53 AM

Last week, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark announced consultations on the proposed regulations relating to the Community Benefits Authority. The proposals are made under the Planning Act, the Development Charges Act, and the Building Code Act. ...





Waterfront Toronto Delays Approval on Smart City Project
2020-02-17 6:18:08 PM

The Board of Directors of Waterfront Toronto have voted to delay the deadline decision on the Sidewalk Labs’ smart city from March 31 st to May 20 th . Waterfront Toronto has said the delay was to allow the public to more time to provide feedback on the project. Sidewalks...





Government Moving Forward with Transit-Oriented Communities Strategy
2020-02-10 11:20:36 AM

Through the development of four new rapid transit lines, the government is working through its ‘transit-oriented communities’ strategy that will intensify development around major transit station areas in the Greater Toronto Area. Minister Clark has described the developme...





 
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