AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
FCM Seeks Emergency Funding for Municipalities
2020-04-27 2:13:42 PM

As municipalities across Canada continue to suffer from declining revenues and without the ability to run any deficits, the municipal sector nationally is facing a financial crisis. On April 17 th , 2020 FCM released its report titled “ Protecting Vital Municipal Services ” an...





Ontario Registrar General Permits Temporary Measures for Burial Permit Issuance
2020-04-07 1:50:24 PM

The Ontario Registrar General (ORG) has temporarily permitted the electronic transfer or faxing of death registration documents amid COVID-19 and allow municipalities to safely issue burial permits. Below is a summary of the changes: Regulation 1094 of the Vital ...





Line Fences Act Now Administered by Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural A...
2020-04-01 12:16:31 PM

Effective today, the Line Fences Act will be administered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Taking authority of the Act from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH), OMAFRA is tasked with supporting agriculture and rural affair...





Government Announces $200 Million for Small, Rural, and Northern Communities
2020-01-17 2:40:43 PM

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott today announced a $200 million investment into the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) to 424 small, rural, and northern municipalities. The funding is for core road, bridge, water, wastewater and ...





2020 Pre-Budget Submission – AMCTO Calls for Internship Funding
2020-01-16 4:22:28 PM

AMCTO is pleased to release its 2020 Pre-Budget Submission. Our submission contains recommendations that will guide the provincial government in policy areas and strengthen Ontario’s local governments in an environment of change and uncertainty. We recommend the government...





Bill 132’s Proposed Line Fences Act Repeal Withdrawn
2019-12-16 9:43:38 AM

During consultations for Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act , AMCTO submitted comments on the proposed repeal of the Line Fences Act . Following review by the Standing Committee on General Government, the Bill received Royal Assent without the proposed re...





FCM Releases Recommendations for Federal Government’s First 100 Days
2019-11-29 11:08:44 AM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have released a report, Building Ontario Together , with recommendations for the new federal government’s first 100 days. The recommendations involve federal-municipal engagement in 15 policy areas, including: Stren...





AMCTO Submits Comments on Proposed Repeal of the Line Fences Act in Bill 132
2019-11-29 10:10:06 AM

AMCTO has submitted comments to the Standing Committee on General Government on the proposed repeal of the Line Fences Act in Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act. The repeal would take effect two years after the Bill receives Royal Assent. We have exp...





AMCTO Submits Comments on Proposed Building Code Amendments
2019-11-26 3:56:36 PM

AMCTO has submitted comments to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on the proposed amendments to Ontario’s Building Code Services. We have expressed concerns with the proposed creation of the administrative authority and its wider financial implications for Onta...





AMCTO Win: Voters’ List and Regional Governance Review
2019-10-25 2:18:13 PM

AMCTO is pleased that the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark, addressed two of AMCTO’s policy priorities during his address at AMO’s Fall Policy Forum today:   Voters’ List Regional Governance Review 1)  Minister Clark annou...





 
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