AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Government Introduces Strong Mayors Legislation
2022-08-11 9:53:53 AM

On August 10, 2022 Minister Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, introduced Bill 3: Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act . If passed, the Act would give the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa additional powers including to:  Appoint municipal CAOs and other no...

Singh v Corporation of the City of Brampton
2022-08-09 3:22:48 PM

On July 11, 2022 the Ontario Superior Court of Justice made a decision regarding the City of Brampton’s filling of a vacancy on Council which may be of interest to other municipalities. The key issue on the application is whether the Resolution and By-law to fill the vacancy c...

Ontario Ending Several Orders Affecting Municipalities
2022-04-07 9:52:37 AM

As a reminder with the Provincial Government announcement of its plan to gradually ease public health and workplace safety measures, remaining directives and orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and the Reopening Ontario Act relevant to municipali...

Regulatory Registry Posting: Regulatory proposal under the Towing and Storage...
2022-03-04 4:22:04 PM

Under the Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act (TSSEA); Highway Traffic Act Consultation Timeline: March 2, 2022 – April 1, 2022 Ministry: Ministry of Transportation Further details and to comment:

Spring Red Tape Reduction Package Announced
2022-02-24 10:55:38 AM

The Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction has introduced the Spring 2022 Red Tape Reduction Package, the Fewer Fees, Better Services Act, 2022 . If passed, this Act will make changes to several pieces of legislation including the Liquor Licence and C...

2022 ROMA Conference Highlights
2022-01-26 4:26:09 PM

The 2022 ROMA Conference has come and gone! AMCTO was pleased to attend the conference and share that we had productive Government delegations with Associate Minister of Digital Government Kaleed Rasheed, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education Sam Oosterhoff as ...

Ontario Launches Virtual 2022 Budget Consultations
2022-01-17 2:19:59 PM

Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy has announced the launch of the 2022 Budget consultations and is encouraging Ontarians to share their ideas for making Ontario a better place to build a career, a family and a future. People and organizations are welcome to share their...

Update from AGCO re New Gaming Opportunities
2021-12-03 11:42:00 AM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has announced two new gaming opportunities as part of the Government’s effort to support community initiatives: a Progressive Jackpot Raffle and A Social Gaming Licence. Progressive Jackpot Raffle The Government is introd...

New Electronic Death Registration System
2021-12-02 5:26:26 PM

To address inefficiencies in the current manual-based death registration process, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) is working on a new Electronic Death Registration (EDR) system. The changes introduced by the new system will impact all user groups inc...

New IMFG Paper on Provincial-Local Equalization
2021-11-29 4:33:42 PM

In a new paper for the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) and The Urban Project , the late Richard M. Bird and Enid Slack review the current state of provincial-municipal equalization transfers in Canada and suggest ways to improve their design. The pap...

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