AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
RCCAO Calling for a Canadian Infrastructure Bank
2016-03-07 1:54:39 PM

Last month the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) released a report, authored by University of Toronto professor Matti Siemiatycki, calling on the federal government to examine the possibility of creating a Canadian Infrastructure Bank. Key findings...





2016 Ontario Budget Update
2016-02-25 9:37:51 PM

Today the government released its 2016 budget, titled Jobs for Today and Tomorrow.  AMCTO is happy to see the government take action on the sharing economy and infrastructure, two of the priorities identified in our pre-budget submission. Over the coming days AMCTO will be co...





Federal Transfer Payment Details Released
2015-12-22 5:31:40 PM

Over the weekend, the federal government released the details of its transfer payments to the provinces. Overall, the announcement was good news for Ontario, which is received an increase of $866 million in transfers for 2015-16, including a $788-million increase in the Canada...





Final Ice Storm Assistance Payments
2015-12-18 8:47:08 PM

The government of Ontario has now finalized all of its payments to municipalities and conservation authorities that were impacted by the December 2013 ice storm. In total 58 municipalities and conservation areas received over $131 million in funding. See below for the full lis...





Government Still Considering New Revenue Tools for Municipalities
2015-12-11 2:22:35 PM

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Ted McMeekin has confirmed that, aside from the land transfer tax, the government is still considering the possibility of giving municipalities new revenue tools. Yesterday in Question Period, in response to a question from opposition ...





UPDATE: Budget Measures Act Passes
2015-12-10 6:40:24 PM

The government's Budget Measures Act has passed third reading and will now become law. As previously noted, the bill, amongst other things, will enact a new corporate forfeited property law, give the Ontario Securities Commission more power, and provide a path forward for addi...





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...





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