AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Ontario Releases 2022 Budget
2022-04-28 5:02:37 PM

Today Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy released the 2022 Budget: Ontario’s Plan to Build. The Budget has five pillars: Rebuilding Ontario’s Economy – creating jobs and building prosperity with investments across Ontario from the Ring of Fire to relocating WS...

2022 Federal Budget
2022-04-12 2:07:33 PM

On Thursday, April 7, 2022 Canadian Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled Budget 2022: A Plan to Grow our Economy and Make Life More Affordable . The budget had 3 main pillars: Investments in people including housing, immigration, reconc...

Spring Red Tape Reduction Package Announced
2022-02-24 10:55:38 AM

The Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction has introduced the Spring 2022 Red Tape Reduction Package, the Fewer Fees, Better Services Act, 2022 . If passed, this Act will make changes to several pieces of legislation including the Liquor Licence and C...

Ontario Releases 2021-2022 Third Quarter Finances
2022-02-15 4:30:39 PM

The Provincial Government has released its 2021-22 Third Quarter Finances, which provide an update on Ontario’s economic and fiscal outlook. Ontario is now projecting a deficit of $13.1 billion in 2021-22, an improvement of $8.4 billion from the deficit forecast in the Fall E...

2022 ROMA Conference Highlights
2022-01-26 4:26:09 PM

The 2022 ROMA Conference has come and gone! AMCTO was pleased to attend the conference and share that we had productive Government delegations with Associate Minister of Digital Government Kaleed Rasheed, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education Sam Oosterhoff as ...

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 the Housing Summit on January 19 th , 2022, 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 App...

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...

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