AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
AMCTO Advocacy Win: Elections Ontario Recommends Changes to the Voters' List
2019-04-18 11:27:49 AM

AMCTO has released the following statement in response to the Elections Ontario's report on fixing the voters list:  AMCTO today applauded the report tabled by Ontario's Chief Electoral Officer, Greg Essensa, Modernizing Ontario's Electoral Process , which includes 13 t...

2019 Federal Budget Update
2019-03-21 1:39:07 PM

On Tuesday, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the 2019 federal budget with a projected $19.8 billion deficit.  This budget spending plan targeted the middle class and focused largely on investments in infrastructure, including affordable housing, broadband ac...

AMCTO Supports AMO's Position on the Construction Act
2019-03-12 3:57:59 PM

AMCTO is lending its support to the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) regarding concerns municipal governments have with the recently amended Construction Act and its force date of October 1, 2019.  AMCTO is providing a letter of support to the Ministry of th...

AMCTO Supports MFOA's Positions on Development Charges
2019-03-12 1:32:31 PM

AMCTO is lending its support to the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario's (MFOA) recommendations to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing regarding the risk of reduced development charge revenues for local governments.  As the association has historic...

AMCTO Submits Feedback on Proposed Reforms to Commissioners and Notaries
2019-02-28 10:12:55 AM

AMCTO has submitted feedback to the Ministry of the Attorney General regarding the consultation around the proposed amendments to the system of appointments for notaries public and commissioners for taking affidavits.  The Attorney General is responsible for appointing com...

AMCTO Supports SWIFT's Application of Appeal to the CRTC
2019-02-04 3:43:18 PM

AMCTO is lending its support to SWIFT’s application of appeal to the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on funding broadband across Canada and Ontario.  SWIFT is a municipally led initiative that seeks to provide broadband access across South...

Premier Ford Announces Consultation on Joint and Several Liability
2019-01-31 1:55:07 PM

AMCTO is pleased that Premier Ford on Monday during the 2019 annual Rural Ontario Municipalities Association conference announced that his government is launching consultations on reforming joint and several liability.  Over the past several years AMCTO has been advocating...

AMCTO President Sits Down with Minister Clark 
2019-01-30 10:17:12 PM

On Tuesday, AMCTO President Angela Morgan sat down with the Honourable Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark and both of his Parliamentary Assistants Christine Hogarth and Jim McDonell. President Morgan reiterated several key AMCTO priorities for the Minist...

AMCTO Releases 2019 Pre-Budget Submission
2019-01-21 2:37:19 PM

AMCTO is pleased to release its 2019 Pre-Budget Submission. With Ontario’s local governments under increasing pressure to respond to the growing number of demands and challenges in their communities, addressing such challenges will require prudent policy guidance from local g...

Provincial Committee Hears from AMO in Pre-Budget Consultation
2019-01-17 11:39:06 AM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) was one of almost 30 organizations on Tuesday that presented their pre-budget submission to the province’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.  In his presentation Jamie McGarvey, AMO’s President, notably high...

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