AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Ontario Health Privacy Protections Contained in Bill 188
2020-04-03 2:40:23 PM

Last week, the government passed Bill 188, the Economic and Fiscal Outlook Act, which largely focuses on supporting Ontario’s health care system, economy, and people amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Bill, however, also includes amendments to the Freedom of Informatio...

Ontario Releases 2020 Fiscal Update
2020-03-25 7:27:32 PM

This afternoon, Finance Minister Rod Phillips released the provincial government’s 2020 fiscal update, Ontario’s Action Plan 2020: Responding to COVID-19. The fiscal update totals $17 billion that will go to support the healthcare system, the economy, and Ontarians amid th...

Government Implements Measures for Long-Term Care Homes Against COVID-19
2020-03-24 11:56:17 AM

The Ontario government has announced temporary measures to prevent and alleviate the outbreak of COVID-19. With this, the government has provided $50 million of emergency funding to the long-term care home sector effective immediately.  Implemented under the current provin...

Ontario Providing COVID-19 Support to Municipalities
2020-03-23 5:03:37 PM

The Ontario government has announced $200 million in COVID-19 relief funding for the province’s municipalities and social service providers. This includes shelters, food banks, emergency services, charities and non-profits. The consolidated Municipal Service Managers (CMMs...

Premier Ford Declares State of Emergency in Ontario
2020-03-17 9:26:42 AM

This morning, Premier Ford has declared a state of emergency as Ontario tries to slow the spread of COVID-19. With this, public events of over 50 people will be banned until March 31 st – this includes parades, events and service. All facilities providing indoor recreatio...

PM Trudeau Announces $1 Billion Fund to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
2020-03-11 11:27:07 AM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced a one billion dollar fund that will help address the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Canada and prevent its spread. Half of the money announced will go to provinces and territories. Highlights of the COVID-19 response fund ...

Ontario Releases New Strategy on Human Trafficking
2020-03-06 2:43:43 PM

Premier Doug Ford, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues Jill Dunlop, and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones announced a five year anti-human trafficking and child sexual exploitation strategy. Legislative and regulatory changes will be looked at by the province as...

Ontario to Contract Out Employment Services Managers
2020-02-20 5:41:29 PM

The provincial government is continuing to reform the employment services system by contracting out service system managers for the three regions currently piloting the new model. The government says this approach will create an efficient employment service to meet the nee...

Ontario Consulting on Poverty Reduction Strategy
2020-02-17 4:47:08 PM

The Ontario government has opened consultations on the province’s next poverty reduction strategy. Organizations and individuals are able to provide their input by writing to or by completing an online survey. The survey is open until March 30 th and ...

Government Moving Forward with Transit-Oriented Communities Strategy
2020-02-10 11:20:36 AM

Through the development of four new rapid transit lines, the government is working through its ‘transit-oriented communities’ strategy that will intensify development around major transit station areas in the Greater Toronto Area. Minister Clark has described the developme...

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