AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Ontario Announces Gas Tax Funding
2022-01-21 4:48:07 PM

The Provincial government has announced Gas Tax Funding allocations. The government is providing $375.6 million to the 107 municipalities across the province that operate local transit. The funding can be used to extend service hours, buy transit vehicles, add routes, improve ...

Province Announces Funding to Streamline Development Approval
2022-01-20 4:56:09 PM

At January 19 th , 2022’s Housing Summit, Premier Ford announced more than $45 million for a new Streamline Development Approval Fund. The 39 large municipalities who are eligible for the Audit and Accountability Fund can access the Fund. The Streamline Development Approval...

Ontario Launches Virtual 2022 Budget Consultations
2022-01-17 2:19:59 PM

Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy has announced the launch of the 2022 Budget consultations and is encouraging Ontarians to share their ideas for making Ontario a better place to build a career, a family and a future. People and organizations are welcome to share their...

Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund Allocations Announced
2021-12-10 9:14:04 AM

As first announced in the 2021 Fall Economic Statement , the Province is providing an additional $1 billion over the next five years for the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) as part of their plan to support economic recovery, growth and job creation through inve...

New IMFG Paper on Provincial-Local Equalization
2021-11-29 4:33:42 PM

In a new paper for the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) and The Urban Project , the late Richard M. Bird and Enid Slack review the current state of provincial-municipal equalization transfers in Canada and suggest ways to improve their design. The pap...

2021 Fall Economic Statement
2021-11-04 4:23:19 PM

Today Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy released the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario . The plan lays out how the Government intends to build the foundation for Ontario’s recovery by focusing on infrastructure, attracting investment and rest...

Local Government Priorities for the 2022 Provincial Election
2021-11-02 2:40:53 PM

As a vital municipal association with membership roots that reach deep into every part of Ontario, AMCTO knows the challenges facing communities.  Across the province, local governments are confronted with ongoing challenges to meet the complex demands of a well-served and...

Small Business Property Subclass Report
2021-10-29 11:30:59 AM

As you may recall, in the 2020 Ontario Budget , the Province announced a new optional small business property subclass. Amendments were filed on May 7, 2021 to O. Reg. 282/98 under the Assessment Act , O. Reg. 73/03 under the Municipal Act, 2001 and O. Reg. 121/07 un...

Ontario Announces 2022 OMPF Funding
2021-10-21 3:58:10 PM

Today the Government announced 2022 funding allocations under the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF). As committed at the 2021 AMO Conference, the Government is maintaining both the structure of the OMPF and the program envelope at $500 million.  The OMPF supports ...

FAO Review of Ontario’s Municipal Infrastructure
2021-09-16 9:04:46 AM

The Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) has released a report that reviews the infrastructure assets owned by Ontario’s municipalities, estimates their current replacement value and condition and the costs to bring these assets into a state of good repair in 202...

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