AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
FCM Seeking Federal Gas Tax Fund to Permanently Double
2019-07-29 10:05:34 AM

Last week, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) called on every federal political party to commit to permanently doubling the value of the annual federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) transfer. To build off the momentum of 2019’s federal budget one-time doubling of GTF, FCM...





MAG Opens Consultations for Joint and Several Liability
2019-07-17 10:19:38 AM

Following the announcement at the end of January at the annual Rural Ontario Municipalities Association (ROMA) by Premier Doug Ford, the Ministry of the Attorney General for Ontario has opened up consultations on joint and several liability, insurance costs, and the affect ‘li...





Government Proposes Changes to Regulations Under the Development Charges Act
2019-07-16 3:52:48 PM

Schedule 3 of the recently passed Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 makes amendments to the Development Charges Act . The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is proposing additional regulations to prescribe matters, which the government says will help red...





New Regulations Proposed Related to Community Benefits Authority
2019-07-16 9:45:06 AM

The recently passed Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 , makes various amendments to a number of Acts, including Schedule 12 of the Planning Act . Additionally, the government is proposing several regulations to prescribe matters relating to the community benef...





Ford to Reverse Retroactive Funding Cuts to Municipalities
2019-05-27 10:50:02 AM

Ontario Premier Doug Ford today announced he is reversing retroactive funding cuts to local governments. The reversal will include cuts to child care services , public health , and ambulance services . Since the release of this PC government’s first budget  on April 11...





Municipal Response to Provincial Budget Cuts
2019-05-24 12:21:20 PM

Since the release  of the Ontario government’s budget on April 11 aiming to eliminate the $11.7 billion deficit over five years, cuts and changes to provincial funding for municipal governments have been steadily occurring. This currently includes public health , library s...





Premier Ford Offers Funding to Large Municipalities and School Boards to Find...
2019-05-22 3:37:34 PM

Premier Ford yesterday announced that his government is creating a fund of $7.35 million to pay large municipalities and district school boards to review their budgets and find four percent in savings.  The reviews would be conducted by third-party auditors and funds would...





Budget Update – Ambulance Services
2019-05-08 12:18:55 AM

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) yesterday reported that the cost of shared ambulance grants are now frozen at 2018 levels. Based on the 2017 funding allocation, growth in service costs for 2019 means municipal taxpayers will be left making up the difference...





Budget Update: Public Health
2019-04-26 11:20:58 AM

There are a number of items in the province’s recently released budget, Protecting What Matters Most , that will have direct fiscal implications for Ontario’s local governments with some taking immediate effect. Over the next few weeks, AMCTO will spotlight specific budget...





2019 Provincial Budget Update
2019-04-15 11:42:49 AM

On Thursday afternoon, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli delivered Ontario’s 2019 budget, Protecting What Matters Most . This year’s budget – the government’s first since taking office in 2018 – is focused on fiscal management and a plan to return the province’s books to balance a...





 
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