AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
OMPF Reductions and Allocation Notices
2019-01-03 10:54:03 AM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) in late December announced that the Ministry of Finance sent a letter to Ontario’s heads of council and treasurers advising that the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) will be reduced by an unspecified amount and that all...

Government Launches 2019 Pre-Budget Public Consultations
2018-12-12 5:25:05 PM

Last week Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli launched the government’s annual pre-budget consultations. Specifically, the Ontario Government is seeking input from Ontarians about how they can cut red tape, improve government programs and services, and save taxpayers’ money in the...

Update on OMERS Comprehensive Plan Review
2018-11-22 9:26:48 AM

On November 15, following a review of its Comprehensive Plan, the Board of Directors of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) Sponsors Corporation (SC) voted in favour of the following proposed changes:    Eliminate the current 35-year cap for c...

Ontario Releases Fall Economic Statement
2018-11-15 8:08:53 PM

Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli this afternoon released the government’s 2018 Fall Economic Statement (FES), laying out the government’s forecasted economic growth and demonstrating how it plans to “make life more affordable” for Ontarians while also “making government more ef...

AMCTO Releases New Research on Municipal Council Compensation
2018-04-04 3:05:53 PM

AMCTO is pleased to release its latest research Report on Municipal Council Compensation in Ontario. The research stems from a survey of municipaliteis that was designed to gain a better understanding of how municipalities compensate their councils, create a resource for munic...

2018 Provincial Budget Update
2018-03-28 5:15:58 PM

This afternoon Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered Ontario’s 2018 budget,  A Plan for Care and Opportunity . This year’s budget, which comes just over two months before the 2018 provincial election, is full of new spending commitments in human services, health, and child...

Prudent Investor Regulation Finalized
2018-03-12 2:24:17 PM

The government has finalized the regulations that will enable to municipalities to use the prudent investor standard for investments. The regulation will allow qualifying municipalities to abandon the "legal list" of of eligible investments and invest in any security that is ...

Ontario Unveils Cannabis Implementation Funding Deal for Municipalities
2018-03-12 1:19:00 PM

The government of Ontario has released the details of how it will share revenue from sales of recreational cannabis with municipalities. The deal, announced by Minister of Finance Charles Sousa, will govern the sharing of cannabis for the first two years of implementation. Af...

Ontario Budget to be Released March 28th
2018-03-07 2:15:57 PM

Ontario's Minister of Finance Charles Sousa announced today that the province's 2018 budget will be released on Wednesday March 28th. As always AMCTO will provide updates and analysis of the budget once it is released.  For more:  Ontario Sets Budget Date for March 28 

2018 Federal Budget Update
2018-02-28 12:12:04 PM

Yesterday Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the 2018 federal budget . The federal government’s 2018 spending plan is full of commitments to improve gender equality and the lives of indigenous Canadians, while boosting Canada’s spending on science, technology, skills devel...

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