AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
2017 Ontario Budget Update
2017-04-27 12:15:56 PM

Today Ontario’s Minister of Finance Charles Sousa tabled the province’s 2017 budget. The first balanced budget following deficits that reached $19 billion at the height of the global recession in 2009, the government’s 2017 plan pledges new investments in sectors, such as hea...





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...





Task Force on Marijuana Legalization Releases Final Report
2016-12-13 12:26:37 PM

The federal government's Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation released its final report today. The report contains recommendations for a proposed framework to legalize and regulate cannabis in Canada. The recommendations are framed around the following principles...





Support for Road Tolls Sharply Divided
2016-11-29 9:20:18 AM

New polling shows that support for the use of road tolls in the GTHA is deeply divided, with drivers the least supportive and cyclists the most supportive. Last week City of Toronto Mayor John Tory outlined his support for using road tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Va...





New Paper Calls for Canadian Cities to Get New Taxation Powers
2016-11-23 2:10:00 PM

A new paper, authored by Harry Kitchen and Enid Slack, argues that large Canadian cities should have access to new revenue tools. According to the paper, cities face tough decisions about how to fund the complex and growing demands facing them, and need new sources of revenue ...





Province Releases Details of Pre-budget Consultations
2016-11-21 3:03:40 PM

The government of Ontario has released the details of its pre-budget consultations. Once again this year the government will be using  Budget Talks , as an online consultation tool that provides a variety of venues for stakeholders and citizens to submit their budget recomme...





Technology Can Help Municipalities Generate Parking Revenue
2016-11-21 10:45:16 AM

A new article, published by the CD Howe Institute, explores how municipalities can use technology (such as apps) to free up more parking, reduce parking costs for most people, but still generate greater revenue. According to the article, parking apps can allow municipalities t...





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...





Government of Ontario Tables Fall Economic Statement
2016-11-14 2:18:15 PM

Today the Government of Ontario tabled its fall economic statement, which was full of measures designed to address the high cost of housing for first time homeowners. Under the government's new plan first time homebuyers would be exempted from paying the Land Transfer Tax (LT...





2017 OMPF Allocations Announced
2016-11-11 9:00:04 AM

Yesterday the Ministry of Finance issued the 2017 allocation notices for funding under the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) . 388 municipalities across the province will receive OMPF funding in 2017. See below for more details on 2017 allocations. While the overall f...





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