AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Minister of MMAH Acts on Commitment to Reducing the Reporting Burden
2018-12-05 5:14:39 PM

AMCTO is pleased that Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark has today sent out a letter to all Ontario municipalities stating his plan to address the reporting burden that is affecting the municipal sector. Minister Clark’s team will address these concerns ...

Premier Shuffles Cabinet
2018-11-05 10:44:35 AM

Today Premier Doug Ford announced a series of changes to his cabinet, prompted by the resignation of Jim Wilson as Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. The changes are as follows:  The Honourable Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, who has been se...

Minister of Municipal Affairs Commits to Reducing Unnecessary Reporting
2018-08-21 8:29:45 PM

Today, during his address before the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark committed that the province would work with municipalities to reduce unnecessary reporting. Referring to it as a "missio...

AMCTO Responds to Announcement of The Better Local Government Act
2018-07-30 11:47:10 PM

Last week several municipal reforms with significant ramifications, were put forward by the Honourable Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark. While we look forward to reviewing the upcoming legislation, the announcement and several aspe...

2018 Federal Budget Update
2018-02-28 12:12:04 PM

Yesterday Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the 2018 federal budget . The federal government’s 2018 spending plan is full of commitments to improve gender equality and the lives of indigenous Canadians, while boosting Canada’s spending on science, technology, skills devel...

Federal Budget to be Unveiled on February 27
2018-02-16 12:17:54 PM

The federal government has announced that it will table its 2018 budget on Tuesday February 27th, 2018. As in the past AMCTO will provide updates and analysis following the release of the budget.  For more:  CBC, Liberals to unveil budget on Feb. 27 as Canada faces trade,...

AMCTO Releases 2018 Pre-budget Submission
2018-01-17 9:00:00 AM

Today AMCTO President Yvonne Robert appeared before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs during its pre-budget consultations in Ottawa to present AMCTO’s recommendations for the 2018 Ontario budget. Our submission contains the following recommendations:   ...

Bill with Voters' List Implications Passes
2017-10-25 11:03:35 AM

Bill 152, the Representation Statute Law Amendment Act , has passed third reading and is awaiting Royal Assent. Amongst other measures, Bill 152 will allow the Chief Electoral Officer to provide information from the Permanent Register of Electors of Ontario (PREO) to MPAC ...

Bill 68 Amended and Ordered for Third Reading
2017-05-04 12:45:42 PM

The Standing Committee on Social Policy completed its review of Bill 68 this week, and ordered it for third reading with a number of amendments. Notably the committee removed the provision in Bill 68 that would allow integrity commissioners to conduct investigations on their ...

2017 Ontario Budget Update
2017-04-27 12:15:56 PM

Today Ontario’s Minister of Finance Charles Sousa tabled the province’s 2017 budget. The first balanced budget following deficits that reached $19 billion at the height of the global recession in 2009, the government’s 2017 plan pledges new investments in sectors, such as hea...

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