AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Advocacy Update: AMCTO discusses Municipal Reporting with the Secretary of th...
2017-04-25 12:12:02 PM

On April 19th, AMCTO staff were invited to meet the Secretary of the Cabinet, Steve Orsini to discuss our research into municipal reporting to the Province.  Laurie LeBlanc, the Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs attended and participated in discussions on ...





Federal Government Unveils Cannabis Legalization Plan
2017-04-18 12:04:05 PM

Last week the federal government released legislation that will lead to the legalization of recreational cannabis. The legislation is designed to end 94 years of prohibition that the federal government has declared an “abject failure,” while protecting minors, and strengtheni...





Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner Oppose Bill 68 Closed Meeting Exceptions
2017-04-12 11:57:25 AM

Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner and Ombudsman both spoke out this week in opposition to additional closed meeting exemptions proposed in Bill 68. Bill 68, as it is currently written, adds a number of new exemptions for when council meetings could go into closed...





AMCTO Releases Submission on Bill 68
2017-04-10 11:42:33 AM

Today AMCTO submitted its comments on Bill 68, the  Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act , to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. AMCTO believes that a number of the changes proposed in Bill 68 are positive for municipalities—including many that we advocated f...





2017 Federal Budget Update
2017-03-22 6:47:52 PM

Today the federal government tabled its 2017 budget. Following large investments in its inaugural 2016 plan, the federal government’s follow-up budget for 2017 is focused on flushing out the details of previously-announced policies, and introducing a variety of targeted, smal...





Big City Mayors Release Letter Calling for Increased Revenue Power
2016-12-13 11:31:46 AM

The mayors of Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver released a letter today calling for increased revenue powers. According to the Mayors, For too long, city governments have been required to rely on property taxes alone to support our growing operating budgets, w...





Government Releases Changes to Municipal Legislation
2016-11-17 1:33:17 PM

Yesterday the government tabled Bill 68, Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act , which will introduce a series of reforms to the Municipal Act , and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. While it’s too early to assess the overall impact of these changes, we were pl...





More American States Vote to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
2016-11-10 9:36:45 AM

Voters in California, Massachusetts, and Nevada all voted to fully legalize marijuana for recreation purposes in Tuesday's US general election. They join Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, and the District of Columbia, where recreational marijuana use is already permi...





AMCTO Appears Before Provincial Committee on Municipal Elections Modernizatio...
2016-05-13 12:27:45 PM

Yesterday, Stephen O'Brien, Chair of AMCTO's Municipal Elections Act Advisory Team, delivered the association's presentation on Bill 181 before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. You can find the presentation here: AMCTO Bill 181 Committee Presentation...





Advocacy Update: AMCTO Releases Pre-budget Submission
2016-02-01 7:43:22 PM

On Wednesday January 20th AMCTO President Chris Wray presented  the Association’s recommendations for the 2016 Ontario Budget before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs during its hearings in Thunder Bay. Today, AMCTO is pleased to release its full 2016 Pr...





 
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