AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Ontario Government Passes Bill 108
2019-06-06 1:29:09 PM

The Ontario government today has passed Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice, 2019 . The Bill aims to increase affordable housing in Ontario. The Bill affects 13 Acts and has several municipal implications.  Below is a brief summary of the passed legislation. Changes made to...

New Public Health Boundaries Proposed
2019-05-15 11:01:59 AM

In light of the province’s move to reduce the number of public-health units from 35 to 10 , new public health unit boundaries and mergers have been proposed, including:   Merging health units in Halton Region, Waterloo Region, Peel Region, and Wellington-Dufferin-...

Government Introduces Bill 108
2019-05-09 3:13:27 PM

Last week, the Government introduced Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act , which aims to increase affordable housing in Ontario. The Bill affects 13 Acts and has several municipal implications, which are briefly summarized below. AMCTO will continue to analyze this omnibus...

Budget Update: Ontario Library Services
2019-05-01 10:19:19 AM

Provincial budget cuts to the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) and Ontario Library Service – North (OLS-North) means nearly 50 percent of their funding for 2019-2020 have been slashed. A number of services offered by both organizations will have to be re-evaluated as a...

Budget Update: Public Health
2019-04-26 11:20:58 AM

There are a number of items in the province’s recently released budget, Protecting What Matters Most , that will have direct fiscal implications for Ontario’s local governments with some taking immediate effect. Over the next few weeks, AMCTO will spotlight specific budget...

Federal Government Investing in Toronto's Social Housing
2019-04-08 10:33:19 AM

Prime Minister Trudeau on Friday announced a federal investment of $1.3 billion to Toronto Community Housing (TCH) that will help fix 58,000 units over a 10 year period. Renovations are set to begin this spring.  $810 million of the federal money will be given as a loan ...

AMCTO Supports MFOA's Positions on Development Charges
2019-03-12 1:32:31 PM

AMCTO is lending its support to the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario's (MFOA) recommendations to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing regarding the risk of reduced development charge revenues for local governments.  As the association has historic...

Government Proposes Changes to Greater Golden Horseshoe’s Growth Plan
2019-01-15 12:12:37 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing today announced proposed changes to the Greater Golden Horseshoe’s Growth plan which they say will increase the region’s housing supply, attract investment and protect jobs. The Ministry also said that the changes would allow munic...

New Resources Available for Managing Public Library Boards
2018-12-03 10:24:59 AM

Following the 2018 Ontario local government elections, municipal councils across Ontario will appoint library board trustees in compliance with the Public Libraries Act 1990 . A series of resources have been developed by the Ontario Library Boards’ Association, the Federatio...

Government Announces Changes and Consultation on Affordable Housing
2018-11-28 4:42:37 PM

The Ontario Government today announced an action plan that they say will making housing more affordable and increase choices available for Ontarians. The government’s plan includes the following elements: Legislation that would make new rental units exempt from rent ...

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