AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Budget Update – Ambulance Services
2019-05-08 12:18:55 AM

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) yesterday reported that the cost of shared ambulance grants are now frozen at 2018 levels. Based on the 2017 funding allocation, growth in service costs for 2019 means municipal taxpayers will be left making up the difference...





Government Announces Grants to Help Police Keep Communities Safe
2018-11-29 2:56:23 PM

The Ontario Government yesterday announced grants of $1.5 million to help police forces across the province fight human trafficking, disrupt outlaw motorcycle gang activity, support victims and address mental health issues in their communities.  Administered through the Ci...





Government Introduces Reforms to “Double-Hatters” and Interest Arbitration
2018-11-26 4:42:47 PM

Minister of Labour Laurie Scott today announced two proposals involving fire safety at the 66th Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs in Niagara Falls. The proposals would protect “double-hatters” (full-time firefighters who also provide volunteer f...





Implementation of Policing Reforms Halted
2018-07-04 5:24:09 PM

In a letter to Ontario police associations, Premier Doug Ford announced that the government of Ontario is postponing the implementation of elements of Bill 175 (the Safer Ontario Act), the Liberal government's reforms to public safety and policing. It's not clear which parts o...





Safer Ontario Act Proclamation Dates Announced
2018-05-15 10:54:35 AM

The government has announced the proclamation dates for the Safer Ontario Act . The Safer Ontario Act introduces a series of reforms to policing and public safety in Ontario. The Act has been proclaimed and the in-force date set for January 1, 2020. Other key provisions ...





Fire Services Regulations Finalized
2018-05-10 4:21:50 PM

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services passed three new regulations governing fire services in Ontario. The regulations, which the government posted for comment in early spring, introduce a range of changes to fire services in Ontario, including mandatory ...





Safer Ontario Act Passes Third Reading
2018-03-12 1:27:02 PM

Last week Bill 175, the Safer Ontario Act , passed third reading and received Royal Assent. The legislation introduces a wide range reforms to policing and community safety in Ontario.  For more:  Ontario Introduces Proposed Policing Reforms  News Release: Ontario Pas...





AMO Webinar on New Fire Regulations
2018-03-05 12:26:01 PM

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is hosting a webinar to discuss the province's proposed new regulations for fire services. See below for a message from AMO:  As you may be aware, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) released...





AMO Releases Bill 175 Submission
2018-02-21 2:43:26 PM

Last week the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) released its submission on Bill 175, the Safer Ontario Act . The submission contains more than 15 recommendations covering community safety and well-being plans, civilianization, consolidation of police service boa...





Government Proposing New Requirement for Reporting Fire Response Times
2018-02-20 2:30:24 PM

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) is currently collecting feedback on a proposed new regulation that would require fire services to publicly report on response times. Specifically, under the proposed regulations fire departments would have to ...





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