AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
AMCTO Participates in 2021 ROMA Conference
2021-01-27 12:46:14 PM

Another year, another ROMA conference, this time virtually. AMCTO staff were in attendance at the virtual conference with the theme Connecting Rural Ontario.   Below are a few highlights that may be of interest to our members. We even got a shout out from Lisa Thompson, Mi...





Province Flows Gas Tax Funding
2021-01-14 2:10:22 PM

Blog edited for clarity that this is the Provincial Gas Tax Program. It's a busy news day! Ontario Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney, announced today that the Province is providing $375 million through the Gas Tax program to 109 municipalities for transit...





COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream Now Open
2020-11-17 3:00:46 PM

Back on October 29th, we blogged that the Province had announced a new COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream which formed part of  the Investing in Community Infrastructure Program (ICIP), with more details forthcoming. Today, the Province announced that it is now acc...





Ontario Fall 2020 Budget
2020-11-05 6:01:42 PM

Minister of Finance, Rod Phillips,with his new Budget shoes , presented a long awaited 2020 Budget entitled Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support and Recover . He also introduced legislation to implement Budget measures and to amend and repeal various acts (details on th...





Improving Broadband and Cellular Access
2020-11-04 2:39:32 PM

Ahead of November 5th Fall 2020 Budget , the Province released some more information about it's investment to improve and expand broadband and cellular access. AMCTO's pre-budget submission emphasized the need for broadband infrastructure investments.  The Province is comm...





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...





 
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