AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Announcement: ICIP Changes for Pandemic-Resilient Infrastructure
2020-08-05 4:46:19 PM

On August 5th, Canada's Minister of Infrastructure and Communities announced adjustments to the ICIP to introduce a COVID-10 Resilience stream so that provinces and territories can use federal funding to act quickly on a wider range of more pandemic-resilient infrastructure ...





Catching Up On Recent News and Information
2020-07-17 10:45:08 AM

We are catching up on sharing a number of interesting pieces of news, reports, and other information on the municipal sector. Here are a few items of interest.    Assessment Review Board Training MFOA is holding a two part webinar on municipal involvement in Assessment R...





Government Deferring Provincial Land Tax Payments for 90 Days
2020-04-06 2:46:12 PM

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ontario government is deferring $15 million in property taxes for people and businesses in certain parts of Northern Ontario that are outside municipal boundaries. This would allow taxpayers in unincorporated areas an extra 90 days to pay the...





Line Fences Act Now Administered by Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural A...
2020-04-01 12:16:31 PM

Effective today, the Line Fences Act will be administered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Taking authority of the Act from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH), OMAFRA is tasked with supporting agriculture and rural affair...





Line Fences Act to be Administered by Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural...
2020-03-05 10:07:17 AM

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) will replace the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to now administer the Line Fences Act. The Line Fences Act was initially proposed to be repealed in Bill 132 but following consultations and a review...





Ontario Investing $8 Million Towards Municipal Service Review
2020-03-02 4:53:12 PM

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark, yesterday announced the government is investing up to $8.1 million to help 115 small and rural municipalities find ways to better deliver municipal services. The investment will be distributed through the Municipa...





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...





Government Says No Extra Accessibility Funding for Small and Rural Municipali...
2020-02-04 10:33:24 AM

QP Briefing has reported that a spokesperson for the Minister of Seniors and Accessibility, Raymond Cho, in a statement said that the government will not provide additional funding for municipalities to renovate their properties to make it more accessible. This statement s...





Government Announces $200 Million for Small, Rural, and Northern Communities
2020-01-17 2:40:43 PM

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott today announced a $200 million investment into the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) to 424 small, rural, and northern municipalities. The funding is for core road, bridge, water, wastewater and ...





Bill 132’s Proposed Line Fences Act Repeal Withdrawn
2019-12-16 9:43:38 AM

During consultations for Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act , AMCTO submitted comments on the proposed repeal of the Line Fences Act . Following review by the Standing Committee on General Government, the Bill received Royal Assent without the proposed re...





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