AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
List of Bills Passed During the Spring Session
2017-06-05 8:50:06 AM

During its spring sitting the Ontario legislature passed 17 bills, addressing a range of issues from energy, housing, and healthcare, to the economy and municipal affairs. Here is a full list of the bills passed:  Bill 27 , Burden Reduction Act  Designed to reduc...





Proposed Asset Management Regulation Posted
2017-05-26 11:26:19 AM

The government has posted its proposal for a new regulation that would govern asset management planning in Ontario. The regulation would set out the content requirements for municipal asset management plans, and require municipalities to use proscribed policies and best pract...





Government Approves First Driverless Car Pilot Program
2016-11-28 10:38:10 AM

The government of Ontario has approved Canada's first pilot program for automated vehicles (driverless cars). The pilot, which will be led by the University of Waterloo, BlackBerry QNX and the Erwin Hymer Group, was made possible by a new regulatory framework which came into e...





2017 OMPF Allocations Announced
2016-11-11 9:00:04 AM

Yesterday the Ministry of Finance issued the 2017 allocation notices for funding under the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) . 388 municipalities across the province will receive OMPF funding in 2017. See below for more details on 2017 allocations. While the overall f...





Federal Economic Growth Council Calls for National Infrastructure Bank
2016-10-25 11:30:40 AM

An expert panel advising the federal Minister of Finance on economic growth is calling on the federal government to create a national infrastructure bank. The government's Advisory Council on Economic Growth also released reports urging the government to put more effort into a...





Upcoming Event on P3 Fundamentals
2016-10-13 8:22:27 PM

The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships is hosting an event for people who are either new to P3s, or have less experience with their application and use. See below for more details: P3 FUNDAMENTALS is a terrific development opportunity for those who are new to or...





Province and Federal Government Announce Clean Water and Wastewater Funding A...
2016-09-14 8:48:17 PM

Today the federal and provincial governments announced a bilateral agreement that will make more than $1.1 billion of combined funding (federal government will provide $570 million, provincial government will fund $270 million, and municipalities and first nations will make up...





Hyrdo One Sale Nets the Government $3.2 Billion for Infrastructure Projects
2016-08-30 6:10:17 PM

The government announced today that it has raised an additional $3.2 billion from the sale of Hydro One shares, which will be used to fund infrastructure. The newly raised money will be placed in the Ontario Trillium Trust, alongside a previously announced $1.35 billion. In to...





Federal, provincial governments sign $1.49 billion transit agreement
2016-08-23 5:52:13 PM

Today the federal and provincial governments announced a bilateral agreement that will see the federal government provide $1.49 million in transit funding for projects in Ontario. The federal funding will be combined with money from the provincial government for a total of mor...





Building Trust and Funding Public Transit
2016-07-25 1:35:17 PM

A new paper, published by the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance (IMFG), explores how municipal governments can build better trust with the public to allow them to raise the funds necessary to build public transit. According to the paper: Cities across Canada face an...





 
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