AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Saskatoon Falls Victim to $1 Million Cyber Attack
2019-08-26 2:52:36 PM

On August 15 th , Saskatoon’s city manager Jeff Jorgenson announced that the city had been the victim of a cyber-attack. Jorgenson said a fraudster impersonated a local construction company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and asked for a change in banking information. The ...

Ontario Begins Second Round of Consultations on Updated Data Strategy
2019-07-31 12:18:57 PM

The Ontario government is beginning its second phase of consultations on the province’s Data Strategy, which is due to be released at the end of the year.   The government has also made available a Discussion Paper that is available for comment during this round of consu...

Ontario Outlines Policy Framework for Updated Data Strategy
2019-06-05 12:40:23 PM

The provincial government has developed a new set of policy principles that will guide an updated data strategy that is to be released tentatively in the Fall. The principles reflect privacy concerns from the government's public consultations held earlier this year. The consu...

Updated Freedom of Information (FOI) and Protection of Privacy Manual
2018-05-07 4:50:20 PM

The province has recently updated its manual for freedom of information (FOI) and protection of privacy. The Freedom of Information (FOI) and Protection of Privacy Manual is a resource for all municipal and provincial privacy and FOI practitioners. The updates reflect recent ...

Smart Cities Survey
2017-08-03 5:18:32 PM

AMCTO is encouraging its members and others working in the municipal sector in Ontario to participate in a survey about the implementation of Smart City services and the digitization of local public services. The survey, which is being conducted by Drs. David Wolfe, Zachary Sp...

New MGCS Guidance on Reasonable Searches for Records
2017-06-05 9:11:27 AM

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has developed new guidance for municipalities about conducting reasonable searches for records in response to freedom of information requests.  Find the guidance here , as well as a tip sheet prepared by the ministry. 

New Report on Regulating Disruptive Technology
2017-05-26 10:54:46 AM

The Mowat Centre has released a new report on how governments can better adapt their regulatory approaches to new disruptive technologies. According to the report: “Governments across the world are scrambling to respond to the arrival of innovative new digital services such...

Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner Oppose Bill 68 Closed Meeting Exceptions
2017-04-12 11:57:25 AM

Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner and Ombudsman both spoke out this week in opposition to additional closed meeting exemptions proposed in Bill 68. Bill 68, as it is currently written, adds a number of new exemptions for when council meetings could go into closed...

Annotated Versions of MA and MCIA, As Amended by Bill 68
2016-12-01 10:04:54 AM

As Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Act , moves through the legislative process we're happy to share annotated versions of the Municipal Act and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act with the proposed amendments in track changes: Municipal Act, as a...

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