AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
New Paper on Better Infrastructure Planning
2016-01-21 5:06:16 PM

The Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) at the University of Toronto has released a new paper on better planning for major infrastructure projects. According to the report, every year unexpected cost overruns costs the government hundreds of millions of dolla...

One-third of Municipal Infrastructure at Risk of Rapid Deterioration
2016-01-18 4:21:46 PM

According to the 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) one third of Canadian municipal infrastructure is at risk of rapid deterioration. Average Physical Condition Rating of Canadian Municipal Infrastructure    [caption id="attachment_1045" align="alignnone" width=...

Recommendations for Better Infrastructure Investments
2016-01-15 2:35:18 PM

The CD Howe Institute has released a new report with recommendations for improving how Canada's federal, provincial, and municipal governments invest in infrastructure. Among the findings, CD Howe is recommending that: Municipal governments: Sell electricity distribution ...

Federal Infrastructure Programs May be Delayed by Inadequate Data
2015-12-09 7:29:15 PM

According to briefing documents  leaked to the Canadian Press, the federal government's ambitious plans for investing in infrastructure may be hampered by a lack of data on the state of Canada's roads, bridges, highways, water and sewer systems. The lack of data is likely to ...

New Research on Local Government's Role in Infrastructure Investment
2015-11-19 6:41:44 PM

New research, released today by the Mowat Centre, explores the challenges that all three levels of government face when making large scale infrastructure investment decisions. In particular the paper argues that there is no consistent strategy across separate orders of governm...

Municipalities Paying for Provincial Highway Services
2015-10-26 3:56:59 PM

Recently, several smaller Southwestern municipalities are calling on the Province to scrap a longtime practice for which it doesn’t pay for fire calls to provincial highways that turn out to be false alarms or so-called “no-service” calls.   This issue is proving costly for ...

RELEASE: ODRAP Announcement Points to Successful Advocacy
2015-08-25 1:56:09 PM

Last week at the annual Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) conference in Niagara Falls, Premier Wynne announced that the government will introduce two new disaster assistance programs: one for municipalities and one for citizens and other organizations. The two new i...

New Amendments to Drinking Water Quality Standards, Testing and Reporting Req...
2015-08-24 5:12:17 PM

The Ministry of the Environment is considering new amendments to the province’s drinking water quality standards, and testing and reporting requirements. You can find out more here .

New Disaster Assistance Programs Announced:
2015-08-17 6:49:58 PM

The government has announced that it will replace the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) with two new disaster assistance programs. You can read about the changes here . While only limited details have been revealed, the government has adopted two of AMCTO’s r...

Modernizing Intercity Bus Travel
2015-08-17 6:47:06 PM

The Ministry of Transportation is consulting on new rules and regulations to govern intercity bus travel in Ontario. Find out more information on this consultation here .

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