AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
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...





Ontario Chamber of Commerce Releases Report on Economic Development
2019-09-19 2:30:55 PM

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has released a report on how governments at the local, provincial, and federal level can work with industry to bolster the province’s regional economies and improve competiveness.     The report, titled The Great Mosaic: Reviving On...





Government Opens Applications for Rural Economic Development Program
2019-07-29 3:54:05 PM

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) today opened applications for its cost-sharing funding program, the Rural Economic Development (RED) program. The fund supports activities which create strong rural communities and the opportunity of rural e...





Government Proposing Changes to the Provincial Policy Statement
2019-07-22 10:48:03 AM

As directed in the government’s More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan , the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is proposing changes to the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) – a consolidated statement of the government’s policies on land use pla...





Consultations Open for Proposed Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot
2019-07-18 10:52:05 AM

Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade is proposing a regional immigration pilot that would bring skilled foreign workers to rural and smaller communities to the province in 2020. This pilot would be administered by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Pr...





Prototype Regions for New Employment Services Announced
2019-07-04 9:38:04 AM

On Tuesday the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) announced three regions that will act as prototypes for a new service delivery model for employment and training services as part of Social Assistance Reform. This new model will combine employment-relat...





Government Backtracks on Greenbelt Development Plans
2019-01-24 10:20:35 AM

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark yesterday announced via his twitter account that proposed changes in Bill 66 implicating Ontario’s Greenbelt would be dropped when the legislature resumes in February. As AMCTO previously noted , Schedule 10 of the Pla...





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