AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
City of Toronto Proposes Regulations for Short-term Rentals
2017-06-20 4:57:20 PM

The City of Toronto has tabled its proposals for regulating short-term rentals, such as Airbnb, VRBO and others. Under the proposed new rules, property owners in Toronto would have to comply with a series of rules before making a property available for short-term rentals. The...





AGCO Hosting Teleconference on New Electronic Raffles Framework     
2017-06-16 9:19:25 AM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario is hosting a teleconference for municipalities to provide an update on its plans to launch a new regulatory framework allowing electronic raffles. Information for the call is as follows:  Good Afternoon, The Alcohol and Gami...





Government Introduces Plan to Raise Minimum Wage and Overhaul Labour Laws
2017-06-05 1:40:22 PM

Last week the government introduced its Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Plan, which if passed would raise the minimum wage and introduce an ambitious set of reforms to labour laws and practices in Ontario. In addition to raising the minimum wage to $14/hour in 2018 an...





List of Bills Passed During the Spring Session
2017-06-05 8:50:06 AM

During its spring sitting the Ontario legislature passed 17 bills, addressing a range of issues from energy, housing, and healthcare, to the economy and municipal affairs. Here is a full list of the bills passed:  Bill 27 , Burden Reduction Act  Designed to reduc...





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...





Government Passes Mining Act
2017-05-18 10:49:57 AM

Last week the government passed Bill 39, the Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act . The legislation is designed to modernize regulations around mining and resource extraction, while also improving environmental protection and generating new economic development. ...





Federal Government Unveils Cannabis Legalization Plan
2017-04-18 12:04:05 PM

Last week the federal government released legislation that will lead to the legalization of recreational cannabis. The legislation is designed to end 94 years of prohibition that the federal government has declared an “abject failure,” while protecting minors, and strengtheni...





Task Force on Marijuana Legalization Releases Final Report
2016-12-13 12:26:37 PM

The federal government's Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation released its final report today. The report contains recommendations for a proposed framework to legalize and regulate cannabis in Canada. The recommendations are framed around the following principles...





Think Tank Calling for Targeted Funding for Economic Development in Ontario's...
2016-11-10 11:30:23 AM

The Northern Policy Institute (NPI) is calling on the government of Ontario to introduce new targeted economic development stimulus spending for northern Ontario.  According to NPI, northern Ontario is facing unique economic challenges, including labour shortages, and chronic ...





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