AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Government Announces $200 Million for Small, Rural, and Northern Communities
2020-01-17 2:40:43 PM

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott today announced a $200 million investment into the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) to 424 small, rural, and northern municipalities. The funding is for core road, bridge, water, wastewater and ...





2020 Pre-Budget Submission – AMCTO Calls for Internship Funding
2020-01-16 4:22:28 PM

AMCTO is pleased to release its 2020 Pre-Budget Submission. Our submission contains recommendations that will guide the provincial government in policy areas and strengthen Ontario’s local governments in an environment of change and uncertainty. We recommend the government...





Government Passes Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act
2019-12-11 10:01:35 AM

The Ontario government has passed Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, which legislates promises made in the government’s 2019 Fall Economic Statement (FES). Promises made in the FES include reducing the corporate income tax rate from 3.5% to 3.2% and reducing the ...





Treasury Board Announces Transfer Payment Consolidation Smart Initiative
2019-11-22 9:59:00 AM

Ontario's Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy announced the Transfer Payment Consolidation Smart Initiative, which the government says will reduce administrative costs, increase value for money, enhance client experience and improve service outcomes. This initiativ...





Government Passes Bill 124, Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future...
2019-11-11 4:34:38 PM

The Ontario government last week passed Bill 124, Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019 , which will cap public sector compensation increases at one percent annually for three years. The government reasons the Bill is necessary to reduce the...





Government Introduces Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, 2019
2019-11-11 2:59:46 PM

Last week, the government released its Fall Economic Statement , which the government says maintains the commitment to balance the budget by 2023-24 whilst making investments into critical public services and strengthening conditions for job creation. The government has i...





Ontario Releases 2019 Fall Economic Statement
2019-11-07 9:30:34 AM

Ontario Minister of Finance Rod Phillips released the government’s 2019 Fall Economic Statement, Building Ontario Together. Minister Phillips outlined the government’s forecasted economic growth and sought to demonstrate how investments will be made to critical public service...





2020 OMPF Allocations Issued
2019-10-24 2:34:43 PM

The Ministry of Finance today issued 2020’s Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) allocations. As previously reported, this year’s funding envelope to municipal governments would decrease by $5 million to $500 million. The $500 million will be distributed 389 municipali...





Maytree Releases Report – "Lessons from Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot”
2019-10-18 1:44:06 PM

Maytree, a Toronto-based organization dedicated to “creating solutions to poverty”, has published a report authored by Maytree Fellow Michael Mendelson analyzing the lessons learned from the set-up of Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot (OBIP). The report examines the OBIP – a...





Ontario Launches Consultations on new Public Sector Benefits Pooling Model
2019-10-11 2:30:52 PM

The Ontario government intends to begin consultations on benefits pooling for the broader public sector later this year. Since the passage of the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act in April, the government has consulted with broader pu...





 
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