AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Federal Government Releases 2023 Budget
2023-03-30 4:12:08 PM

On March 28, 2023 the Federal Government released its 2023 Budget: A Made-in-Canada Plan: Strong Middle Class, Affordable Economy, Healthy Future. The budget is focussed on making every day life more affordable for Canadians, including measures such as a grocery rebate, inc...

Ontario Superior Court Ruling re Encampments on Municipal Property
2023-02-03 2:30:24 PM

On January 27, 2023, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice issued a decision stating that municipal by-laws that prohibit people experiencing homelessness from erecting encampments could be unconstitutional if there are not appropriate shelter alternatives available.   The C...

Environmental Registry Posting: Proposed Amendments to the Greenbelt Plan
2022-11-09 10:32:30 AM

Under the Greenbelt Act, 2005 Consultation Timeline: November 4, 2022 – December 4 2022 (30 days) Ministry: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Further details and to comment:

Federal Fall Economic Statement
2022-11-04 11:32:57 AM

Yesterday Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, released the 2022 Fall Economic Statement , with a focus on building an economy that works for everyone. The statement outlines the government’s plan to help Canadians cope with increasing costs, ma...

Regulatory Registry Postings: Regulatory proposals regarding Bill 23, More Ho...
2022-11-01 4:14:49 PM

Last week, alongside the introduction of Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 , several regulatory proposals were posted for comment on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry which may have an impact on municipal operations. For more information and to comment, please visit t...

2022 AMO Conference Highlights
2022-08-18 12:58:00 PM

The 2022 AMO conference was back in-person this year and we were pleased to participate in the three-day-long conference hosted by the City of Ottawa. Between taking part in the tradeshow, advancing our advocacy priorities at delegations meetings, and attending sessions and po...

Province Releases Housing Affordability Task Force Report
2022-02-08 1:15:53 PM

The Province has published the report from the Housing Affordability Task Force . The Task Force is part of Ontario’s ongoing consultations with industry, municipalities and the public to help the Government identify and implement solutions to address housing supply. The T...

2022 ROMA Conference Highlights
2022-01-26 4:26:09 PM

The 2022 ROMA Conference has come and gone! AMCTO was pleased to attend the conference and share that we had productive Government delegations with Associate Minister of Digital Government Kaleed Rasheed, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education Sam Oosterhoff as ...

Province Announces Funding to Streamline Development Approval
2022-01-20 4:56:09 PM

At the Housing Summit on January 19 th , 2022, Premier Ford announced more than $45 million for a new Streamline Development Approval Fund. The 39 large municipalities who are eligible for the Audit and Accountability Fund can access the Fund. The Streamline Development App...

FCM's Vision for Canada's Recovery
2021-12-13 10:02:44 AM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has released their vision for Canada’s recovery with recommendations for the 44 th Parliament. The document, Partners for Canada’s Recovery , offers non-partisan local solutions to tackle some of Canada’s biggest challenges inc...

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