AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
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...

AMCTO Supports AMO on Joint and Several Liability Reform
2019-10-03 3:16:46 PM

Earlier this year, Attorney General Doug Downey invited municipalities to comment on the existing joint and several liability system. In August, President Dean Sauriol discussed this issue with the Attorney General in a delegation at the annual AMO Conference, noting that l...

AMCTO Releases Third Edition of Issue at a Glance Series
2019-08-30 2:50:16 PM

In the context of the Attorney General recently opening consultations to reform the system, AMCTO has released a third edition of its briefing note series, Issue at a Glance , on Joint and Several Liability. The issues surrounding joint and several liability, its recent...

AMCTO Attends Red Tape Roundtable
2019-08-28 10:19:21 AM

AMCTO staff were invited to join various Mayors and CAOs from across the Province to participate in Associate Minister Sarkaria’s Roundtable on Red Tape and Burden reduction in the sector during last week's AMO Conference.  As part of this invitation, AMCTO facilitated the...

Minister Clark Provides Reporting Burden Update at AMO Conference
2019-08-20 6:11:02 PM

Today at the annual Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) conference, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark discussed the reporting burden file – one of AMCTO’s key policy priorities since 2017. Building off Premier Ford’s address yesterday, Minister ...

AMCTO’s Issue at a Glance: Voters’ List Now Available
2019-07-30 9:33:55 AM

In light of Elections Ontario recent report containing recommendations to improve the municipal voters’ list, AMCTO has released a second edition of its Issue at a Glance briefing note series on the Voters’ List.   Elections Ontario’s report, Modernizing Ontario’s Elect...

MAG Opens Consultations for Joint and Several Liability
2019-07-17 10:19:38 AM

Following the announcement at the end of January at the annual Rural Ontario Municipalities Association (ROMA) by Premier Doug Ford, the Ministry of the Attorney General for Ontario has opened up consultations on joint and several liability, insurance costs, and the affect ‘li...

AMCTO Releases Updated Voters’ List Position Paper
2019-06-05 1:57:40 PM

AMCTO is pleased to release an updated version of its 2015 Voters’ List position paper entitled Modernizing the Voters' List . We generally support the call from Ontario’s Chief Electoral Officer, Greg Essensa, to improve the municipal voters’ list by: Establishin...

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