AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Recent Lottery Related Changes at the AGCO
2023-03-20 3:42:05 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has made several recent lottery related changes relevant to municipalities.  Information is available at the links below: Removal of COVID-19 related additional flexibility to Terms and Conditions and Use of Proceeds for...

Ontario Superior Court Ruling re Encampments on Municipal Property
2023-02-03 2:30:24 PM

On January 27, 2023, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice issued a decision stating that municipal by-laws that prohibit people experiencing homelessness from erecting encampments could be unconstitutional if there are not appropriate shelter alternatives available.   The C...

Reminder: New requirements for temporary patios begin January 1, 2023
2022-11-28 3:22:43 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has posted a reminder that earlier this year the Government of Ontario amended regulations to permanently provide municipalities with the ability to approve temporary outdoor extensions of licensed premises like patios. Previ...

Extension of Hours for Ontario Liquor Sales Licensees During FIFA World Cup
2022-11-21 5:03:29 PM

The Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will permit liquor licensees to extend their hours of sales and service to begin at 7:00am for the duration of the FIFA World Cup 2022 (November 20 – December 18 2022). The closing service time of 2:00am will...

Update on Issuing Marriage Licences and Providing Marriage Services
2022-04-05 9:16:47 AM

The Ontario Registrar General (ORG) has sent a recent memo with important updates for Ontario Marriage License Issuers to be aware of. Extended Validity Periods Amendments made to the Marriage Act extend licences issued between: the first day, three months prior to the de...

Regulatory Registry Posting: Regulatory proposal under the Towing and Storage...
2022-03-04 4:22:04 PM

Under the Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act (TSSEA); Highway Traffic Act Consultation Timeline: March 2, 2022 – April 1, 2022 Ministry: Ministry of Transportation Further details and to comment:

Update from AGCO re New Gaming Opportunities
2021-12-03 11:42:00 AM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has announced two new gaming opportunities as part of the Government’s effort to support community initiatives: a Progressive Jackpot Raffle and A Social Gaming Licence. Progressive Jackpot Raffle The Government is introd...

Craft Beer Sales Permitted at Farmer's Markets
2021-10-15 1:20:19 PM

As previously announced in the 2021 Ontario budget, the Province is allowing eligible local brewers to sell their products at farmers’ markets making it so that craft beer can now be sold alongside eligible wines, distilled spirits and ciders. Licensed eligible brewers must...

Ontario Launches Verify Ontario App
2021-10-15 12:20:14 PM

On October 15 th , the Province announced the launch Verify Ontario App , billed as a temporary measure, which will be used by businesses and organizations to verify proof of vaccine through the scanning of a QR Code. The App is being made available for businesses and organiz...

Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings
2021-09-01 2:35:17 PM

The Government of Ontario announced today that it will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings starting September 22, 2021. Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 da...

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