AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
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Bill 132’s Proposed Line Fences Act Repeal Withdrawn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...





AMCTO Submits Comments on Proposed Repeal of the Line Fences Act in Bill 132
2019-11-29 10:10:06 AM

AMCTO has submitted comments to the Standing Committee on General Government on the proposed repeal of the Line Fences Act in Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act. The repeal would take effect two years after the Bill receives Royal Assent. We have exp...





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...





OGRA Surveying Small, Rural, and Northern Municipalities on Student Career Fair
2019-10-22 11:22:02 AM

The Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) are offering a survey to small, rural, and northern municipalities that would be interested in participating in a Career Fair hosted by OGRA at their 2020 Conference. Taking place on February 23rd, the Career Fair would offer such ...





Applications for Connecting Links Program Open
2019-10-04 1:52:07 PM

Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney, earlier this week  announced that the Ontario Government has opened applications for the next round of the Connecting Links program for new projects in eligible municipalities starting in spring 2020. The Connecting...





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...





Ontario Announces Broadband and Cellular Plan for Rural and Remote Communities
2019-07-23 11:38:49 AM

Premier Doug Ford today announced a new plan to improve and expand service for rural and remote communities. The plan, Up to Speed: Ontario’s Broadband and Cellular Action Plan , will see an investment from the province of $315 million over five years, which the government s...





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...





Federal Government Invests to Reduce Cell Service Gaps in Eastern Ontario
2019-07-04 2:02:39 PM

The federal government today announced it will provide the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) with $71 million to strengthen mobile broadband coverage in Eastern Ontario. This funding will be provided under the Rural and Northern Infrastructure Stream of the federal gov...





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