AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Federal Government Invests to Reduce Cell Service Gaps in Eastern Ontario
2019-07-04 2:02:39 PM

The federal government today announced it will provide the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) with $71 million to strengthen mobile broadband coverage in Eastern Ontario. This funding will be provided under the Rural and Northern Infrastructure Stream of the federal gov...

Second Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Announced
2019-03-27 10:07:28 AM

The Ministry of Infrastructure yesterday announced that the second stream of public transit under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program will be open to “make public transit infrastructure better, safer, and more accessible.” The first intake of this stream will op...

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Now Accepting Applications
2019-03-18 1:21:44 PM

The Ontario Government today opened its online portal for applications for the Rural and Northern stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program . It is open to approximately 500 Ontario communities with populations under 100,000. Those communities have eight weeks...

Government Announces Infrastructure Funding Program
2019-03-13 11:59:53 AM

The Ministry of Infrastructure yesterday announced an infrastructure funding program which the Government said will “help create and protect good jobs across the province.” Falling under the federal government’s  Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and signed by the p...

Government to Help Small Municipalities Plan for Infrastructure Needs
2019-01-14 11:39:08 AM

Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, Monte McNaughton, on Friday announced that 58 rural Ontario municipalities will receive infrastructure help through a program delivered by the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario (MFOA) in partnership with the province. Thi...

Government Announces Transit Funding for Municipalities
2019-01-09 10:48:30 AM

Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek yesterday announced that the Government is providing $364 million in funding from Ontario’s gas tax program to 107 municipalities across the promise to improve or expand their public transit systems.  Funding for Ontario’s gas tax prog...

New Asset Management Resources
2018-05-08 2:15:18 PM

Last week the Minister of Infrastructure wrote to Mayors, CAOs, and Stakeholders to provide an update on new asset management resources available to municipalities. The resources include the dissemination of best practices, the creation of custom asset management plan assessm...

Canada and Ontario Sign Infrastructure Agreement
2018-03-15 3:08:55 PM

Yesterday the Government of Canada and the province of Ontario signed a funding agreement for billions of dollars in federal infrastructure funding over the next 10 years. The Bilateral Framework Agreement (IBA) signed yesterday by the federal and provincial Ministers of Infr...

Government Releases New Municipal Asset Management Planning Regulation
2018-01-04 3:13:38 PM

After months of consultations the government has released a new municipal asset management planning regulation. The requirements of the regulation will be phased-in over the next six years along the following lines:  January 1, 2018: Effective date of Regulation (the...

Ontario Releases Long-Term Infrastructure Plan
2017-12-04 3:22:03 PM

The Government of Ontario has released a new Long-Term Infrastructure Plan. The plan outlines the provinces plan to:  Integrate climate change considerations into infrastructure planning  Build resilient infrastructure in a period of "accelerated change a...

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