AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Ontario Launches Inquiry Into Safety of Long-term Care Homes
2017-08-10 5:45:03 PM

Ontario's Attorney General has appointed Ontario Justice Eileen Gillese to lead an independent public inquiry into the oversight of long-term care homes in Ontario. Specifically, Justice Gillese has been tasked with reviewing whether or not systemic issues have contributed to ...

Province Unveils Rural Education Strategy
2017-07-05 2:00:00 PM

Last week the government unveiled a new rural education strategy designed to strengthen the quality and delivery of education in rural and remote Ontario communities. Key tenets of the plan include:  Investing in broadband, special education supports, and experientia...

New Community Hubs Program
2017-07-05 9:30:00 AM

The government of Ontario has launched a new program to help municipalities and other community organizations create community hubs . Through the program, the province will help municipalities hold surplus properties, such as schools, hospitals, or other provincially-owned b...

Proposed Second Unit Development Charge Exemption
2017-06-19 2:58:02 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is looking for feedback on its proposed regulation for exempting second units in new homes from development charges. According to the proposal the regulation would:    "Prescribe single detached dwellings, semi-detache...

Government Introduces Plan to Raise Minimum Wage and Overhaul Labour Laws
2017-06-05 1:40:22 PM

Last week the government introduced its Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Plan, which if passed would raise the minimum wage and introduce an ambitious set of reforms to labour laws and practices in Ontario. In addition to raising the minimum wage to $14/hour in 2018 an...

Federal Government Unveils Cannabis Legalization Plan
2017-04-18 12:04:05 PM

Last week the federal government released legislation that will lead to the legalization of recreational cannabis. The legislation is designed to end 94 years of prohibition that the federal government has declared an “abject failure,” while protecting minors, and strengtheni...

Applications Open for Seniors Community Grant Program
2016-12-13 8:53:42 AM

The Ontario Seniors' Secretariat is now accepting applications the Seniors Community Grant Program. This new program is the first of its kind, dedicated exclusively to funding seniors programs. It is designed to provide funding for community groups that encourage greater socia...

New Report on Rethinking Social Assistance
2016-11-24 10:10:38 AM

A new report, published by the Mowat Centre, argues that patterns in Canada's labour market are creating a growing number of Canadians with little or no attachment to our country's social architecture. The report questions the extent to which Canada's social architecture is su...

More American States Vote to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
2016-11-10 9:36:45 AM

Voters in California, Massachusetts, and Nevada all voted to fully legalize marijuana for recreation purposes in Tuesday's US general election. They join Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, and the District of Columbia, where recreational marijuana use is already permi...

Province Announces New Investments in Housing and Homelessness
2016-11-03 10:07:31 AM

The government announced yesterday that it is increasing its investments to help municipalities work with individuals and families to find safe and affordable housing. The government is investing an additional $15 million in the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CH...

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