AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Provincial, Federal Government Announce $640 million for Affordable Housing
2016-06-22 1:58:58 PM

Yesterday the federal and provincial government's announced $640 million of new money for affordable housing in Ontario. Though details on how the money will be allocated are not yet available, newly appointed Ontario Minister of Housing Chris Ballard said that the federal gov...

Government Announces New Funding for Energy Retrofits and Social Housing
2016-05-25 3:27:47 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change announced today that over the next four years, the province will be investing up to $900 million from cap and trade proceeds into energy retrofits. The full funding will be div...

Ontario Introduces Affordable Housing Legislation
2016-05-19 3:30:52 PM

Yesterday the government introduced the  Promoting Affordable Housing Act,  which if passed would amend four pieces of provincial legislation by: Giving municipalities the option of implementing inclusionary zoning Making secondary suites in new homes less costly, by ex...

Government Releases LTAHS Technical Document
2016-04-19 1:03:12 PM

The government has released a technical document as part of its Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy Update. The document is designed to help affordable housing practitioners working within the current housing sector better understand the direction that the province is taking...

Additional LTAHS Regulatory Proposals Released
2016-03-23 3:35:16 PM

The government is proposing two new regulatory amendments to the  Municipal Act  as part of its updated Long-term Affordable Housing Strategy (LTAHS). The first would allow all municipalities (not just service manager municipalities) to enter into municipal housing capital fac...

Long-Term Housing Strategy Regulations Posted
2016-03-21 5:22:18 PM

The government has posted proposed regulatory amendments as part of the province's new Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy. Interested stakeholders have until April 28, 2016 to comment. Proposed changes include amendments to The  Housing Services Act O. Reg 298/01...

Ontario Releases Updated Housing Strategy
2016-03-14 1:42:24 PM

Today the province has released its updated Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy (LTAHS). While many of the specific commitments made as part of the strategy were previously unveiled in the 2016 Ontario Budget , the updated LTAHS includes a range of legislative, policy and r...

Residential Homes Act to be Review
2015-08-17 6:47:43 PM

The Ontario Seniors Secretariat has initiated a review of the Retirement Homes Act, as per legislated requirements that the Act be reviewed every 5 years. Learn more about the review, and find a copy of the consultation paper here .

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