AMCTO Policy Blog


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





WSIB Looking for Input on PTSD Strategy
2017-06-05 9:59:57 AM

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is currently in the process of developing a new policy to support recent provincial legislation that would allow compensation for work-related chronic mental stress. This new policy will affect a number of sectors, including mun...





Tulloch Report on Police Oversight Released
2017-04-11 11:50:42 AM

Last week Ontario Justice Michael Tulloch released his independent review of Ontario’s police oversight system. The review, which was created to improve the transparency and accountability of the province’s three police oversight bodies, resulted in 129 recommendations to hel...





Government Consulting on Proposal to Use Fire Services for Paramedic Care
2016-11-23 9:30:40 AM

The Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC) has released a discussion paper exploring the viability of allowing fire services to provide paramedic care. This proposal, which was initially made by the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association (OPFFA), could potentia...





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