AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Municipal Enforcement of School Speed Limits Through Photo Radar Now In Effect
2019-12-04 10:04:42 AM

As of December 1 st , Ontario’s municipal governments can choose to enforce speed limits in school and community safety zones through the use of automated speed enforcement (ASE) technology. ASE technology, or more commonly referred to as photo radar, will be governed by a...

AMCTO Submits Comments on Proposed Building Code Amendments
2019-11-26 3:56:36 PM

AMCTO has submitted comments to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on the proposed amendments to Ontario’s Building Code Services. We have expressed concerns with the proposed creation of the administrative authority and its wider financial implications for Onta...

Ontario Launches Consultations on Blue Box Program Reform
2019-11-22 12:13:28 AM

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has launched a public consultation process to help inform the province’s transition from the existing Blue Box Program to one that shifts responsibility to producers in a system known as extended producer responsi...

Government Introduces Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act
2019-10-30 5:54:33 PM

The government has introduced Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act , 2019,  which aims to simplify and modernize regulations to lower the costs of doing business and make it easier to interact with the government. There are a total of 80 proposed changes...

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...

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