AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Economic Statement Includes Update on "Sharing Economy Advisory Committee"
2015-11-27 10:11:55 PM

When Finance Minister Charles Sousa tabled his fall economic statement yesterday it included an update on how the province plans to respond to the sharing economy. According to the update the province has established a Sharing Economy Advisory Committee with representatives fr...





New Budget Bill Tabled
2015-11-23 5:16:07 PM

Last week Finance Minister Charles Sousa tabled, Bill 144, Budget Measures Act,  a new budget implementation bill, which includes a range of commitments previously announced in the most recent provincial budget. Some of the highlights include schedule 7, which will enact a ne...





Report Calls for Different Approach to Municipal Accounting
2015-11-19 3:35:12 PM

A new report, released yesterday by the C.D. Howe Institute, calls for municipalities in Canada to move towards full accrual accounting. According to the report, which is the third in a series that ranks municipal accounting practices in Canada, the current method for accounti...





New Paper on Municipal Credit and Borrowing
2015-09-17 3:36:18 PM

The Munk School's Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance has released a new paper, authored by Kyle Hanniman, which explores municipal credit and borrowing in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse. Specifically the paper seeks to understand why subnational government...





Province Proposing a Lower Credit-Rating Threshold for Municipal Investments
2015-09-08 5:35:04 PM

In response to a request by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the province is proposing amendments to O. Reg. 438/97 , which regulates how municipalities are allowed to invest in bank debt. Currently local governments cannot hold investments which do not meet mini...





Premier Says Large Commercial Assessment Appeals a ‘Provincial Issue’
2015-08-27 3:10:09 PM

Speaking at an event in Thunder Bay this week the Premier acknowledged that property tax reassessments on large commercial properties is a serious issue. The Premier also said that it’s a problem the government recognizes isn’t confined to one area of the province, and are cur...





New IMFG Paper on Property Taxes
2015-08-24 5:10:43 PM

The Munk School’s Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance has released a new report, authored by Enid Slack and Richard Bird examining property taxes across the world. Read the paper here .





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