AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Technology Can Help Municipalities Generate Parking Revenue
2016-11-21 10:45:16 AM

A new article, published by the CD Howe Institute, explores how municipalities can use technology (such as apps) to free up more parking, reduce parking costs for most people, but still generate greater revenue. According to the article, parking apps can allow municipalities t...

Government Releases Changes to Municipal Legislation
2016-11-17 1:33:17 PM

Yesterday the government tabled Bill 68, Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act , which will introduce a series of reforms to the Municipal Act , and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. While it’s too early to assess the overall impact of these changes, we were pl...

Government of Ontario Tables Fall Economic Statement
2016-11-14 2:18:15 PM

Today the Government of Ontario tabled its fall economic statement, which was full of measures designed to address the high cost of housing for first time homeowners. Under the government's new plan first time homebuyers would be exempted from paying the Land Transfer Tax (LT...

2017 OMPF Allocations Announced
2016-11-11 9:00:04 AM

Yesterday the Ministry of Finance issued the 2017 allocation notices for funding under the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) . 388 municipalities across the province will receive OMPF funding in 2017. See below for more details on 2017 allocations. While the overall f...

Fall Economic Update Includes Increased Funding for Infrastructure
2016-11-03 12:05:35 PM

The federal government's fall economic statement, announced this week by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, included an even greater focus on infrastructure spending than the spring budget. Specifically the fall economic update included the following new announcements: The $...

New Proposed Fee Structure for Corporate Forfeited Property Applications
2016-09-12 3:42:44 PM

The government has released a proposed new regulation that would set the fee structure for applications made under the Forfeited Corporate Property Act. The proposal sets out fees for relief from forfeiture and co-ownership. Specifically, the draft regulation states that: 1) ...

Hyrdo One Sale Nets the Government $3.2 Billion for Infrastructure Projects
2016-08-30 6:10:17 PM

The government announced today that it has raised an additional $3.2 billion from the sale of Hydro One shares, which will be used to fund infrastructure. The newly raised money will be placed in the Ontario Trillium Trust, alongside a previously announced $1.35 billion. In to...

Province Releases First Quarter Finances
2016-08-08 5:28:43 PM

The government of Ontario has released its first quarter finances for 2016. Key highlights of the government's report include: Total revenue projected at $130.6 billion Provincial program expenses projected at $122.1 billion Interest on debt projected at $11.8 billio...

New Paper Argues for More Municipal Revenue Tools
2016-06-27 4:05:19 PM

A new paper, published by the Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance and authored by Enid Slack and Harry Kitchen, argues that major cities in Canada should be given access to new revenue tools. Specifically, the authors describe the advantages and disadvantages of som...

New Legislation to Help Municipalities Collect Defaulted POA Fines
2016-06-09 6:33:58 PM

Last week the government introduced Bill 218, the Burden Reduction Act , which is designed to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses in Ontario. The bill also contains a provision (section 70.1) that would amend the Provincial Offences Act (POA)  to  require defendants w...

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