AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
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...





Advocacy Update: AMCTO Participates in Pre-Budget Consultations
2016-01-20 8:45:10 PM

This afternoon 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. You can find the presentation here: AMCTO Pre-Budget Presenta...





Advocacy Update: Fixing the Voters' List
2015-11-30 3:01:57 PM

Since the end of the 2014 election, AMCTO has been advocating for transformational changes to the way that Ontario creates and maintains the voters’ list for municipal elections. While there is no “magic bullet,” AMCTO firmly believes that there are a number of opportunities ...





AMO Presents Submission on Double-Hat Firefighters
2015-11-26 1:26:07 PM

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) has presented a submission to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy regarding Bill 109, the Employment and Labour Statute Amendment Act, 2015 . The submission focuses on schedules 1 and 3 and follows similar calls by AMO...





RELEASE: AMCTO Municipal Act Submission
2015-11-02 7:56:42 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing launched its Municipal Legislation Review which included a review of Ontario’s municipal legislative framework: the Municipal Act, the City of Toronto Act, and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. AMCTO is pleased to add its voic...





 
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