AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
AMO Launching a Municipal Cannabis Cost Survey
2019-03-28 6:01:42 PM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) is launching a Municipal Cannabis Cost Survey to monitor and evaluate the impacts of cannabis legalization. This survey will gather data on the fiscal impacts of recreational cannabis legalization, including trends in costs over...

2019 Federal Budget Update
2019-03-21 1:39:07 PM

On Tuesday, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the 2019 federal budget with a projected $19.8 billion deficit.  This budget spending plan targeted the middle class and focused largely on investments in infrastructure, including affordable housing, broadband ac...

Ontario to Invest in Small and Rural Municipalities
2019-03-20 10:49:41 AM

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark today announced a one-time investment of $200 million to 405 small and rural municipalities across Ontario to improve local service delivery and efficiency. Funding will be allocated based on the number of households in a ...

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Now Accepting Applications
2019-03-18 1:21:44 PM

The Ontario Government today opened its online portal for applications for the Rural and Northern stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program . It is open to approximately 500 Ontario communities with populations under 100,000. Those communities have eight weeks...

2019 OMPF Funding Allocations Announced
2019-03-15 11:18:55 AM

The Ministry of Finance yesterday issued 2019 allocation notices from the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF). The total funding envelope to municipalities will decrease by $5 million to $505 million and will be distributed to 389 municipalities. OMPF funding will again...

Ontario Budget to be Released on April 11
2019-03-07 1:26:51 PM

Finance Minister Vic Fedeli this morning announced that Premier Doug Ford’s first Ontario budget will be released on Thursday, April 11.  Fedeli outlined this budget as a “plan to return the province to balance in a responsible manner and protect what matters most, preserv...

OMERS SC Finalizes Plan Amendments
2019-02-20 9:33:54 AM

The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) Sponsors Corporation (SC) on February 15 amended its Comprehensive Plan Review which reflects two changes effective January 1, 2021: Eliminate the 35-year cap for credited service Option to negotiate NRA 60 for pa...

Government Announces OMPF Funding for 2019
2019-02-14 2:55:38 PM

The Ministry of Finance yesterday wrote a letter to all Ontario heads of council to provide an update on the 2019 Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF).  The Government will maintain the current structure of the OMPF for 2019 as well as Transitional Assistance meaning t...

AMCTO Releases 2019 Pre-Budget Submission
2019-01-21 2:37:19 PM

AMCTO is pleased to release its 2019 Pre-Budget Submission. With Ontario’s local governments under increasing pressure to respond to the growing number of demands and challenges in their communities, addressing such challenges will require prudent policy guidance from local g...

Provincial Committee Hears from AMO in Pre-Budget Consultation
2019-01-17 11:39:06 AM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) was one of almost 30 organizations on Tuesday that presented their pre-budget submission to the province’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.  In his presentation Jamie McGarvey, AMO’s President, notably high...

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