AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Bill 68 Amended and Ordered for Third Reading
2017-05-04 12:45:42 PM

The Standing Committee on Social Policy completed its review of Bill 68 this week, and ordered it for third reading with a number of amendments. Notably the committee removed the provision in Bill 68 that would allow integrity commissioners to conduct investigations on their ...

Government Proposing Development Charge Exemption for Secondary Units
2017-05-02 12:39:29 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of Housing are proposing an exemption from development charges for secondary suites in new homes. The proposed regulatory change is designed to help increase the supply and range of affordable housing in Ontario. Find more i...

2017 Ontario Budget Update
2017-04-27 12:15:56 PM

Today Ontario’s Minister of Finance Charles Sousa tabled the province’s 2017 budget. The first balanced budget following deficits that reached $19 billion at the height of the global recession in 2009, the government’s 2017 plan pledges new investments in sectors, such as hea...

Fair Housing Plan Announced
2017-04-24 12:08:25 PM

Last week, the Province announced the Fair Housing Plan for Ontario.  A series of measures were put forward to assist in making housing more affordable for both homeowners and renters alike. Within this plan, there are a variety of implications for local governments.   AMO  h...

Federal Government Unveils Cannabis Legalization Plan
2017-04-18 12:04:05 PM

Last week the federal government released legislation that will lead to the legalization of recreational cannabis. The legislation is designed to end 94 years of prohibition that the federal government has declared an “abject failure,” while protecting minors, and strengtheni...

Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner Oppose Bill 68 Closed Meeting Exceptions
2017-04-12 11:57:25 AM

Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner and Ombudsman both spoke out this week in opposition to additional closed meeting exemptions proposed in Bill 68. Bill 68, as it is currently written, adds a number of new exemptions for when council meetings could go into closed...

AMCTO Releases Submission on Bill 68
2017-04-10 11:42:33 AM

Today AMCTO submitted its comments on Bill 68, the  Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act , to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. AMCTO believes that a number of the changes proposed in Bill 68 are positive for municipalities—including many that we advocated f...

Task Force on Marijuana Legalization Releases Final Report
2016-12-13 12:26:37 PM

The federal government's Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation released its final report today. The report contains recommendations for a proposed framework to legalize and regulate cannabis in Canada. The recommendations are framed around the following principles...

List of Bills Passed During the Fall Sitting
2016-12-12 2:17:49 PM

Ontario's legislature passed 19 bills during its fall sitting, on issues ranging from energy to housing. Newly passed legislation includes: Bill 2, Election Finances Statute Law Amendment Act (Government Bill)  Bans corporations, unions and many other groups from making ...

Annotated Versions of MA and MCIA, As Amended by Bill 68
2016-12-01 10:04:54 AM

As Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Act , moves through the legislative process we're happy to share annotated versions of the Municipal Act and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act with the proposed amendments in track changes: Municipal Act, as a...

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