AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
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...





Ministry Surveying Municipalities on Gas Tax Fund
2019-10-08 9:31:08 AM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) last week reported that the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is surveying local governments to help determine how well the Ontario Gas Tax is meeting the needs of expanding and improving municipal transit. The Ministr...





AMCTO Supports AMO on Joint and Several Liability Reform
2019-10-03 3:16:46 PM

Earlier this year, Attorney General Doug Downey invited municipalities to comment on the existing joint and several liability system. In August, President Dean Sauriol discussed this issue with the Attorney General in a delegation at the annual AMO Conference, noting that l...





Government Launches P3 Infrastructure Investment
2019-09-11 3:48:35 PM

Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, Laurie Scott, today announced the Ministry’s annual Market Update , which confirms the Government’s plan to invest in public-private partnership (P3) infrastructure projects. Today’s investments amount to over $65 billion in civil, healt...





FCM Releases Report on Federal Gas Tax Fund
2019-09-11 11:21:13 AM

FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) has released a report on the state of municipal finance in Canada and argues why the federal Gas Tax fund (GTF) is the “best fiscal tool available to local governments”. Some highlights of the report include: Among adv...





AMCTO Releases Third Edition of Issue at a Glance Series
2019-08-30 2:50:16 PM

In the context of the Attorney General recently opening consultations to reform the system, AMCTO has released a third edition of its briefing note series, Issue at a Glance , on Joint and Several Liability. The issues surrounding joint and several liability, its recent...





Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Seeking Municipal Cannabis Costs ...
2019-07-31 3:12:01 PM

With the help of CAMA (Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators), FCM is looking for assistance from municipalities to help inform their efforts on cannabis policy and advocacy once the federal government revisits the federal-municipal legalization agreement in Decemb...





OMERS Employer Training Resources
2019-07-30 2:09:55 PM

OMERS (the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) has a number of professional training sessions and materials, which provides OMERS employers the opportunity to learn more about their OMERS pension plan. Training opportunities include online e-Learning modules and fac...





 
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