AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Ontario PC Government Announces Social Assistance Reforms
2018-11-22 4:17:35 PM

Today the Ontario PC government announced social assistance reforms that they say will “restore dignity, encourage employment, and empower the province’s most vulnerable to break free from the poverty cycle.” Highlights of the government’s reforms include:  Moving...





Province and Federal Government Reach Bilateral Agreement for National Housi...
2018-05-01 5:19:29 PM

Yesterday the province and the federal government announced a bilateral agreement to implement the National Housing Strategy in Ontario. According to the agreement more than $4.2 billion will be dedicated to protecting, renewing and expanding social and community housing in O...





Proposed Cannabis Regulations Posted
2018-01-25 4:16:39 PM

The government has posted proposed regulations to govern its legalization of recreational cannabis. The proposed regulations cover places of use, impaired-driving, storefronts and medical cannabis. See below for the draft regulations:  Proposed places of use regulations und...





Proposed Inclusionary Zoning Regulation Posted
2017-12-20 11:39:11 AM

The government is seeking feedback on a proposed regulation that would give municipalities that power to use inclusionary zoning under the Planning Act. In 2016 the province passed the Promoting Affordable Housing Act , which amongst its many provisions gave municipalities ...





Federal Government Unveils National Housing Strategy
2017-11-23 4:30:21 PM

Yesterday the federal government unveiled its long-anticipated National Housing Strategy. The strategy commits the federal government to spend $40 billion on a range of housing initiatives, including homelessness, new housing units, and repairing existing housing stock. Speci...





FCM Leaders Weigh-in on National Housing Strategy
2017-10-11 1:59:51 PM

FCM's President and Chair of the Big City Mayor's Caucus have written an op-ed arguing that the federal government's planned national housing strategy presents an opportunity to transform Canada's housing system for years to come. According to the article:  "We can bemoan t...





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...





Province Creates New Housing Delivery Group
2017-09-28 8:46:24 AM

The Government of Ontario has created a new team that will be tasked with streamlining the housing development process. Specifically, the new Housing Delivery Group will be responsible for identifying challenges and barriers that prevent new housing projects from being built....





New Report Suggests Airbnb Influences Housing Supply
2017-09-28 8:39:34 AM

A new study, released by academics at McGill University, argues that Airbnb is increasingly playing a role in limited housing supply in Canada. The report, which studied the impact of Airbnb on housing supply in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver over the past year, found that ...





Province Commits New Funding for Social Housing Repairs
2017-08-29 11:37:23 AM

The Government of Ontario has set aside new funding for repairs and retrofits of social housing across the province. Over the next five years the province will invest up to $657 million in repairing and retrofitting social housing apartment buildings over five years, with the ...





 
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