AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Does the Land Transfer Tax Impact Housing Sales?
2016-07-28 3:27:36 PM

New research, from the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG), examines the impact of the City of Toronto's decision in 2008 to introduce a Land Transfer Tax (LTT). It argues that the decline in housing sales in 2008 was more of a function of the global recession...

New Legislation to Help Municipalities Collect Defaulted POA Fines
2016-06-09 6:33:58 PM

Last week the government introduced Bill 218, the Burden Reduction Act , which is designed to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses in Ontario. The bill also contains a provision (section 70.1) that would amend the Provincial Offences Act (POA)  to  require defendants w...

MEA Modernization Act Passes Second Reading
2016-04-19 4:45:09 PM

Bill 181, the  Municipal Elections Modernization Act,  passed second reading today and was referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. More information on committee hearings can be found  here . For more: Bill 181,  Municipal Elections Modernization ...

Waste-Free Ontario Act Referred to Committee
2016-04-07 3:12:25 PM

Bill 151, the  Waste-Free Ontario Act , 2016 has passed its second reading and been referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. Anyone who is interested in the committee's review of the bill, or participating in hearings, can find out more information here . Fore mo...

PTSD Bill Passes Third Reading
2016-04-07 2:58:25 PM

The government has passed Bill 163, the  Supporting Ontario's First Responders Act,  which will make post-traumatic stress disorder a presumptive condition for first responders. The legislation applies to police officers, firefighters, paramedics, some workers in correctional ...

Government Introduces MEA Modernization Act
2016-04-04 5:17:16 PM

Yesterday the government introduced Bill 181, the Municipal Elections Act Modernization Act . The legislation is the result of a thorough public consultation and review of the Act, which included AMCTO’s submission . The legislation appears to be a positive step forward for...

Advocacy Update: AMCTO Releases Pre-budget Submission
2016-02-01 7:43:22 PM

On Wednesday January 20th AMCTO President Chris Wray presented  the Association’s recommendations for the 2016 Ontario Budget before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs during its hearings in Thunder Bay. Today, AMCTO is pleased to release its full 2016 Pr...

Ontario Ombudsman’s Annual Closed-Meeting Report Released
2015-12-16 7:57:32 PM

The Office of the Ontario Ombudsman has released its annual report on closed meeting investigations. According to the report, between September 1, 2014 to August 31 2015, the Ombudsman’s Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team (OMLET) reviewed 85 meetings held by 61 municipalities....

Local Government Perspective on Federal Mandate Letters
2015-11-18 4:35:01 PM

Last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released the mandate letters that he provided to each of his cabinet ministers following their swearing-in at the beginning of November. We've prepared a backgrounder highlighting a local government perspective on the new Prime Ministers...

RELEASE: AMCTO Municipal Act Submission
2015-11-02 7:56:42 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing launched its Municipal Legislation Review which included a review of Ontario’s municipal legislative framework: the Municipal Act, the City of Toronto Act, and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. AMCTO is pleased to add its voic...

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