AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
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 ...





Government Consulting on Proposed Fire Service Regulations
2018-02-09 11:00:00 AM

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) is seeking feedback on two proposed regulations under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act .  Mandatory Certification The first proposed regulation would establish mandatory certification requirements ...





Bill 148 Passes Third Reading
2017-11-23 4:55:09 PM

Bill 148 the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, has passed third reading and will now become law. The legislation will raise Ontario's minimum wage to $15, mandate equal pay for part-time, temporary, casual and seasonal work, and extend personal emergency leave for all employ...





Government To Exempt Essential Public Services from Bill 148
2017-11-16 2:20:44 PM

In a letter to AMO President Lynn Dollin, Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro has confirmed that the government will introduce amendments to exempt essential public services from Bill 148's on-call pay and 96 hours notice scheduling provisions. Specifically, as a result ...





Ontario Introduces Proposed Policing Reforms
2017-11-03 1:14:50 PM

Yesterday Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Marie-France Lalonde and Attorney General Yasir Naqvi introduced the government's proposed community safety and policing reforms. Key reforms include:  Giving municipalities a larger role in defining an...





WSIB Releases New Mental Stress Policy
2017-10-24 4:08:44 PM

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has released a new policy for chronic mental stress and another for traumatic mental stress. The two new policies are the result of consultations and feedback submitted by Ontario's, businesses and a number of stakeholder associ...





Ontario Creates Opioid Task Force
2017-10-04 6:00:15 PM

The province announced today that it is establishing an Opioid Emergency Task Force to better coordinate the government's response to the opioid crisis. The group, which will be comprised of frontline workers and people with lived experience with opioids, will advise the gover...





Government Consulting on Ambulance Act & Fire-medics
2017-07-13 3:05:15 PM

The Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC) is conducting a consultation on the Ambulance Act, with the goal of proposing substantial changes to emergency health services in Ontario, including a controversial proposal to establish so called "fire-medics." In addition to...





Ontario Introduces Emergency Services Reforms
2017-06-06 3:39:25 PM

The province has announced a series of reforms to emergency health services, including a new system for paramedic dispatching and two fire service paramedicine pilot programs. The province's new proposed medical dispatch system is designed to do a better job of triaging and pr...





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