AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Government Creates Climate Change Fund
2017-08-24 3:19:34 PM

Last week at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa, the Government of Ontario launched a new granting program that will invest in local municipal projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The new Municipal GHG Challenge Fund , wil...

New Paper Compares Fiscal Autonomy in 8 International Cities
2017-07-26 1:03:56 PM

A new paper examining the local fiscal autonomy of 8 large international cities suggests that while Toronto is less dependent on intergovernmental transfers than many other major cities, it has fewer tools for generating revenue. The paper, which was published by the Institute...

Survey on Cemetery Care and Maintenance Funds
2017-07-19 1:15:00 PM

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) is conducting a survey to collect information about the status of Municipal Care and Maintenance Funds in municipalities that manage cemeteries. Responses can be submitted until August 18, 2017, you can access the survey ...

Federal Government Releases Phase 2 Infrastructure Letter
2017-07-10 11:56:02 AM

Federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi released a letter last week that was sent to all provincial finance ministers, outlining the details of the federal government's framework for Phase 2 infrastructure funding. According to the letter, provincial government's will b...

OMERS Makes Key Plan Changes
2017-06-28 5:00:42 PM

The OMERS Sponsors Corporation has approved three changes to the OMERS Pension Plan, including Commuted values and buy backs: Currently OMERS members whose employments ends before they are eligible to receive an early retirement pension can either chose to defer thei...

Webinar on ARB Changes for Senior Municipal Staff and Elected Officials
2017-06-28 2:58:24 PM

The Municipal Finance Officers Association (MFOA), in partnership with AMCTO, AMO, OMTRA, and OMAA is hosting a free webinar for senior municipal public servants and elected officials on changes to the Assessment Review Board's Rules of Practice and Procedure. This webinar, wh...

OMB Releasing New Appeals Forms
2017-06-22 11:07:32 AM

The Ontario Municipal Board is releasing new appeals forms, designed to make it easier for stakeholders to complete and submit the required paperwork to process and respond to an appeal. The specific improvements to the forms include:  A fillable PDF format that will...

New Paper on Municipalities As Prudent Investors
2017-06-20 2:15:48 PM

The Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance has released a new paper examining prudent investor status, a new investment regime that will be available to some municipalities in Ontario following the passage of Bill 68 . The paper explores how municipal prudent investor...

Proposed Second Unit Development Charge Exemption
2017-06-19 2:58:02 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is looking for feedback on its proposed regulation for exempting second units in new homes from development charges. According to the proposal the regulation would:    "Prescribe single detached dwellings, semi-detache...

More Details on Updated ARB Rules of Procedure
2017-06-19 2:28:34 PM

At the beginning of April, the Assessment Review Board (ARB) introduced new Rules of Practice and Procedure, which usher in significant changes to how municipalities will participate in property tax assessment appeals in the future. In order to comply with the new rules, over...

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