AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Applications for Connecting Links Now Open
2016-06-28 2:26:06 PM

The government is now accepting applications for the next round of Connect Links program funding. $25 million in funding is available for projects starting in Spring 2017. Funding covers up to 90 percent of (eligible) costs for design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation, an...

Applications Open for Canada 150 Infrastructure Projects
2016-05-27 3:28:23 PM

Applications are now open for grants under the federal government's Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150). The program is designed for projects that will renovate, expand, or improve existing community and cultural infrastructure. Of the $150 million dedicated ...

Federal Government Commits to Update Rail Crossings
2016-04-27 7:19:43 PM

The federal government has pledged $10.9 million to update and fix more than 400 railway crossings across Canada. The new funding will complement $143 million in funding that was announced as part of the 2016 federal budget. The new funding will go towards flashing lights and ...

How Should Cities Pay for Stormwater Infrastructure?
2016-04-26 6:40:02 PM

A new paper, released today by the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance, discusses the different ways that municipalities can pay for stormwater infrastructure, drawing on the City of Mississauga's new Stormwater Management Financing Program as a case study. According...

Federal Infrastructure Funding Details Released
2016-04-26 6:18:10 PM

The federal government has released more details about infrastructure funding previously announced in its budget. Outlined in letters to provincial cabinet ministers, the highlights include: The Federal Public Transit Fund : $1.49 billion will be distributed, based on rid...

Using Tax Increment Financing to Pay for Transit
2016-04-25 1:30:02 PM

A new paper, published recently by the Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance, explores whether tax increment financing (TIF) should be used to help fund large infrastructure projects. Drawing on the Sheppard East subway extension in Toronto, the paper finds that TIF w...

Province Announces Cycling Infrastructure Grant Recipients
2016-04-20 8:31:10 PM

The government has announced the 37 municipalities who received grants under the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program. The program, which allocated a total of $10 million in funding, is being used by municipalities to install or improve on-road cycling lanes, off-r...

RCCAO Calling for a Canadian Infrastructure Bank
2016-03-07 1:54:39 PM

Last month the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) released a report, authored by University of Toronto professor Matti Siemiatycki, calling on the federal government to examine the possibility of creating a Canadian Infrastructure Bank. Key findings...

Premier Announces New Funding at ROMA-OGRA
2016-02-22 8:53:44 PM

Today at the 2016 combined ROMA-OGRA conference, Premier Wynne announced increased funding for two important municipal priorities: The Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund will triple from $100 million to $300 million per year by 2018-19, with $200 million in predictable,...

Advocacy Update: AMCTO Releases Pre-budget Submission
2016-02-01 7:43:22 PM

On Wednesday January 20th AMCTO President Chris Wray presented  the Association’s recommendations for the 2016 Ontario Budget before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs during its hearings in Thunder Bay. Today, AMCTO is pleased to release its full 2016 Pr...

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