AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Province Moving Forward with Blue Box Program Reform
2019-08-15 1:19:07 PM

Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, today announced that the current provincial Blue Box Program will be significantly reformed based on the recommendations from Special Advisor David Lin...

Special Advisor Submits Report to Minister to Reform Ontario's Recycling Program
2019-08-08 11:40:20 AM

David Lindsay, the Special Advisor on Recycling and Plastic Waste, has submitted his report to MECP (Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks) Minister Jeff Yurek, which would see significant reforms to Ontario’s Blue Box program. The report found that diversion ...

Government Proposing Changes to the Provincial Policy Statement
2019-07-22 10:48:03 AM

As directed in the government’s More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan , the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is proposing changes to the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) – a consolidated statement of the government’s policies on land use pla...

Government Proposes Changes to Regulations Under the Development Charges Act
2019-07-16 3:52:48 PM

Schedule 3 of the recently passed Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 makes amendments to the Development Charges Act . The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is proposing additional regulations to prescribe matters, which the government says will help red...

Ontario’s NDP Leader Introduces Bill 121
2019-06-04 2:17:26 PM

Ontario’s NDP Leader, Andrea Horwath, yesterday introduced Bill 121 , Municipal Representation and Restructuring Protection Act, 2019 . The Bill endorses the principle that the relationship between the provincial and local governments should be based on mutual respect, cons...

AMO Launching a Municipal Cannabis Cost Survey
2019-03-28 6:01:42 PM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) is launching a Municipal Cannabis Cost Survey to monitor and evaluate the impacts of cannabis legalization. This survey will gather data on the fiscal impacts of recreational cannabis legalization, including trends in costs over...

OMERS SC Finalizes Plan Amendments
2019-02-20 9:33:54 AM

The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) Sponsors Corporation (SC) on February 15 amended its Comprehensive Plan Review which reflects two changes effective January 1, 2021: Eliminate the 35-year cap for credited service Option to negotiate NRA 60 for pa...

Government Backtracks on Greenbelt Development Plans
2019-01-24 10:20:35 AM

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark yesterday announced via his twitter account that proposed changes in Bill 66 implicating Ontario’s Greenbelt would be dropped when the legislature resumes in February. As AMCTO previously noted , Schedule 10 of the Pla...

MPAC Provides Update on Bill 66 Reference
2018-12-17 2:48:52 PM

Last week the Government announced Bill 66  including a commitment to confirm with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) that industrial properties will be assessed based on current permitted uses and not speculative.  In a follow up to AMCTO, MPAC confirms...

Bill 66: Greenbelt Implications
2018-12-10 2:11:38 PM

Last week, the Ontario PC Government  introduced Bill 66, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act . Part of the Bill would allow municipalities to create “open for business” zoning bylaws that would allow municipalities to bypass numerous existing pieces of legislatio...

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