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Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Bill 197, The COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act
2020-07-09 9:20:30 AM

On July 8, 2020, the Province introduced Bill 197, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act. This omnibus bill includes 20 schedules which amends multiple Acts. The Government has positioned the bill as addressing three critical needs Ontario faces: restarting jobs and development...





Government Assembles Team for Economic Recovery Post-COVID19
2020-04-09 2:32:17 PM

Premier Ford has today announced the creation of an Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee, which will focus on reviving the province’s economy in preparation of a post-COVID19 world. Specifically, the committee will develop an economic growth stimulus and job-creation plan once...





Ontario Releases 2020 Fiscal Update
2020-03-25 7:27:32 PM

This afternoon, Finance Minister Rod Phillips released the provincial government’s 2020 fiscal update, Ontario’s Action Plan 2020: Responding to COVID-19. The fiscal update totals $17 billion that will go to support the healthcare system, the economy, and Ontarians amid th...





Federal Government Announces $82 Billion Economic Package
2020-03-18 3:27:17 PM

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced a $82 billion economic package to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian economy and people. The package represents more than 3% of Canada’s GDP and said the spending will not drive the country into reces...





Minister Clark Announces Service Delivery Modernization Investment
2020-02-24 3:05:19 PM

Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark, announced yesterday that up to $3.9 million will be invested to help 42 small and rural municipalities modernize service delivery. Provided through the Municipal Modernization Program, Minister Clark says the f...





Ontario Launches Consultations on Cannabis Business Opportunities
2020-02-10 3:26:05 PM

Ontario's Attorney General, Doug Downey, yesterday announced online consultations to help inform potential new cannabis-related business opportunities in the province.   The government is specifically seeking feedback on the facilitation the sale of cannabis for consumptio...





Ontario Launching Job Site Challenge
2019-12-16 2:14:15 PM

The Ontario government has launched a Job Site Challenge whereby municipal governments and private landlords with large tracts of land or industrial sites can propose their sites to support large-scale manufacturing operations. If selected, succesful applicants will be intern...





Ontario Opening Cannabis Stores to Market
2019-12-16 1:59:09 PM

As AMCTO initially reported, the Ontario government will be moving away from the lottery system and open retail stores to the market. As part of this move, the government has amended Regulation 478/18 under the  Cannabis License Act, 2018 and include the following changes...





Province Launching Regional Development Program
2019-11-07 11:58:15 AM

The provincial government is launching a new Regional Development Program, which the government says will “take a coordinated approach to support business growth in eastern and southwestern Ontario”. The program will support eligible small and medium-sized businesses inves...





Government Introduces Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act
2019-10-30 5:54:33 PM

The government has introduced Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act , 2019,  which aims to simplify and modernize regulations to lower the costs of doing business and make it easier to interact with the government. There are a total of 80 proposed changes...





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