AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Webinar on Proposed Asset Management Regulation
2017-06-15 10:00:17 AM

The Ministry of Infrastructure is holding webinars to help municipalities better understand the province's proposed asset management planning regulation . The webinars will provide a brief overview of the proposed regulation and then allow participants to ask questions. Deta...

List of Bills Passed During the Spring Session
2017-06-05 8:50:06 AM

During its spring sitting the Ontario legislature passed 17 bills, addressing a range of issues from energy, housing, and healthcare, to the economy and municipal affairs. Here is a full list of the bills passed:  Bill 27 , Burden Reduction Act  Designed to reduc...

Webinar on New ARB Rules of Practice and Procedure
2017-05-24 10:58:06 AM

On April 1st, 2017 the Assessment Review Board (ARB) began to use new Rules of Practice and Procedure. The new rules significantly change to how municipalities participate in property tax assessment appeals. To help municipalities grapple with the changes, MFOA and OMTRA are ...

Government Proposing Development Charge Exemption for Secondary Units
2017-05-02 12:39:29 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of Housing are proposing an exemption from development charges for secondary suites in new homes. The proposed regulatory change is designed to help increase the supply and range of affordable housing in Ontario. Find more i...

2017 Ontario Budget Update
2017-04-27 12:15:56 PM

Today Ontario’s Minister of Finance Charles Sousa tabled the province’s 2017 budget. The first balanced budget following deficits that reached $19 billion at the height of the global recession in 2009, the government’s 2017 plan pledges new investments in sectors, such as hea...

2017 Federal Budget Update
2017-03-22 6:47:52 PM

Today the federal government tabled its 2017 budget. Following large investments in its inaugural 2016 plan, the federal government’s follow-up budget for 2017 is focused on flushing out the details of previously-announced policies, and introducing a variety of targeted, smal...

Task Force on Marijuana Legalization Releases Final Report
2016-12-13 12:26:37 PM

The federal government's Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation released its final report today. The report contains recommendations for a proposed framework to legalize and regulate cannabis in Canada. The recommendations are framed around the following principles...

Support for Road Tolls Sharply Divided
2016-11-29 9:20:18 AM

New polling shows that support for the use of road tolls in the GTHA is deeply divided, with drivers the least supportive and cyclists the most supportive. Last week City of Toronto Mayor John Tory outlined his support for using road tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Va...

New Paper Calls for Canadian Cities to Get New Taxation Powers
2016-11-23 2:10:00 PM

A new paper, authored by Harry Kitchen and Enid Slack, argues that large Canadian cities should have access to new revenue tools. According to the paper, cities face tough decisions about how to fund the complex and growing demands facing them, and need new sources of revenue ...

Province Releases Details of Pre-budget Consultations
2016-11-21 3:03:40 PM

The government of Ontario has released the details of its pre-budget consultations. Once again this year the government will be using  Budget Talks , as an online consultation tool that provides a variety of venues for stakeholders and citizens to submit their budget recomme...

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