AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
MPAC Provides Update on Bill 66 Reference
2018-12-17 2:48:52 PM

Last week the Government announced Bill 66  including a commitment to confirm with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) that industrial properties will be assessed based on current permitted uses and not speculative.  In a follow up to AMCTO, MPAC confirms...





Government Launches 2019 Pre-Budget Public Consultations
2018-12-12 5:25:05 PM

Last week Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli launched the government’s annual pre-budget consultations. Specifically, the Ontario Government is seeking input from Ontarians about how they can cut red tape, improve government programs and services, and save taxpayers’ money in the...





Bill 66: Greenbelt Implications
2018-12-10 2:11:38 PM

Last week, the Ontario PC Government  introduced Bill 66, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act . Part of the Bill would allow municipalities to create “open for business” zoning bylaws that would allow municipalities to bypass numerous existing pieces of legislatio...





Government Announces Legislation to Reduce Burden on Job Creators
2018-12-07 10:43:00 AM

The Ontario Government yesterday proposed a package of over 30 actions that they say will reduce the regulatory burden on job creators. If Bill 66 passes, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act 2018 will “cut business costs, harmonize regulatory requirements with oth...





Government Announces Investment in Local Tourism
2018-12-05 10:31:18 AM

The Ontario Government yesterday announced that it is investing in festivals and events to boost local tourism and economic growth through the Celebrate Ontario 2019 program. Existing events that feature programming improvements and new events requiring programming support ma...





Accessibility Committee Seeking Feedback on Employment Standards
2018-03-27 4:25:28 PM

The Accessible Employment Standards Review Committee is conducting a survey on its recommended changes to the accessible employment standards. The accessible employment standards are a set of requirements designed to help make employment more accessible to people with disabil...





StatsCan Releases Cannabis Consumption Data
2018-01-25 5:03:21 PM

In 2017 Canadians spent $5.7 billion on cannabis for medical and non-medical purposes. The data, released this week by Statistics Canada, covers 4.9 million Canadians aged 15 to 64, and works out to approximately $1,200 per cannabis consumer. By comparison, in 2016, Canadians...





Province Releases Global Trade Strategy
2017-10-23 3:10:49 PM

The Government of Ontario has released an international trade strategy, designed to help Ontario's business community benefit from international business opportunities. The strategy also outlines a framework for the province to better work with the federal government to ensur...





Report Calls for New Process to Select Infrastructure Projects
2017-09-25 2:32:19 PM

A new report, released this week by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) and written by Michael Fenn, is calling on the government to improve the evaluation process used to select infrastructure projects. According to the report, if the combined $...





Government Releases Proposed Door-to-Door Sales Regulation
2017-07-07 11:00:00 AM

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) has posted a proposed regulation that would prevent door-to-door sales of certain products. Specifically the regulation would ban "suppliers from soliciting or entering into unsolicited contracts for prescribed goods and...





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