AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
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...

Government Announces Legislation to Reduce Burden on Job Creators
2018-12-07 10:43:00 AM

The Ontario Government yesterday proposed a package of over 30 actions that they say will reduce the regulatory burden on job creators. If Bill 66 passes, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act 2018 will “cut business costs, harmonize regulatory requirements with oth...

AGCO Cannabis Retail Regulation Guide
2018-12-04 9:57:51 AM

Last week the AGCO hosted a webinar for municipal staff that focused on issues surrounding municipal regulatory and operational responsibilities in the privately run cannabis retail sector. Using the information presented in this webinar, the AGCO has created a ‘Cannabis Reta...

New Resources Available for Managing Public Library Boards
2018-12-03 10:24:59 AM

Following the 2018 Ontario local government elections, municipal councils across Ontario will appoint library board trustees in compliance with the Public Libraries Act 1990 . A series of resources have been developed by the Ontario Library Boards’ Association, the Federatio...

Update on OMERS Comprehensive Plan Review
2018-11-22 9:26:48 AM

On November 15, following a review of its Comprehensive Plan, the Board of Directors of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) Sponsors Corporation (SC) voted in favour of the following proposed changes:    Eliminate the current 35-year cap for c...

Premier to Use Notwithstanding Clause to Pass Better Local Government Act
2018-09-10 6:00:57 PM

Today Premier Ford announced that he will use the notwithstanding clause in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to reintroduce Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act . Sections of the Act were overturned this morning by a ruling in Ontario Superior Court that found Bill 5 ...

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