AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
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...





Province to Host a Provincial-Municipal Housing Summit
2021-11-26 10:23:19 AM

During his remarks to the Empire Club on Thursday November 25 th , Minister Clark announced that he and Premier Ford will host a provincial-municipal housing summit for Ontario’s Big City Mayors and Regional Chairs. The summit, taking place on December 16 th , will aim to i...





2021 Federal Speech From the Throne
2021-11-23 4:00:15 PM

The new federal Parliament resumed officially today with the Speech From the Throne. It was the first Throne Speech delivered by Governor General Mary Simon since she was installed this past summer. The Speech focused on several themes: Health; Economy; Climat...





2021 AMO Conference Highlights
2021-08-19 8:43:47 AM

Another year, another virtual AMO Conference! AMCTO attended the 2021 AMO Conference and are pleased to share that we had productive delegations with Minister Steve Clark, Minister Ross Romano and Parliamentary Assistant Michael Parsa.   Ministers' Forums Like last year, th...





Noise By-Laws Temporarily Limited to Allow Essential Construction Projects to...
2020-04-09 10:41:44 AM

The Ontario government has extended construction hours for essential construction projects, such as projects related to the health care sector amid COVID-19, to 24 hours a day. With this, the government has passed O. Reg 131/20, which limits Section 451.1 of the Municipal...





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...





 
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