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Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Province Looking to Collect Enforcement Data on Emergency Orders
2020-05-11 9:02:30 AM

Background Following a letter to Heads of Councils from the Solicitor General and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on March 27, 2020, the following personnel can be designated as provincial offences officers for enforcing orders under the EMCPA: All persons...





AGCO Update for Charitable Lotteries
2020-04-28 12:03:21 PM

The AGCO has provided a recent update to how it is supporting the charitable sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.  As part of this, they have published a second notice around these changes.  It is worth noting a temporary change has been made that permits the sale of Break...





Ontario Registrar General Permits Temporary Measures for Burial Permit Issuance
2020-04-07 1:50:24 PM

The Ontario Registrar General (ORG) has temporarily permitted the electronic transfer or faxing of death registration documents amid COVID-19 and allow municipalities to safely issue burial permits. Below is a summary of the changes: Regulation 1094 of the Vital ...





Premier Ford To Extend State of Emergency
2020-03-30 2:40:00 PM

Amid COVID-19, Ontario Premier Ford today announced he will extend Ontario’s state of emergency for another two weeks after the current order expires tomorrow. The current emergency order prohibits organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people. Org...





AGCO Temporarily Allowing Liquor Licensees to Sell Alcohol with Takeout or De...
2020-03-26 1:18:19 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has amended Regulation 719: Licenses to Sell Liquor under the Liquor License Act to temporarily allow liquor sales licensees to sell beer, wine and spirits as part of a food order for takeout or delivery. This is effective...





AGCO Notifying Municipalities of Charitable Lotteries During COVID-19
2020-03-20 2:20:41 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is responding to requests from municipalities about pausing raffle draws and events amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The AGCO are working to be flexible in the application of the Terms and Conditions attached to current lotter...





Premier Ford Declares State of Emergency in Ontario
2020-03-17 9:26:42 AM

This morning, Premier Ford has declared a state of emergency as Ontario tries to slow the spread of COVID-19. With this, public events of over 50 people will be banned until March 31 st – this includes parades, events and service. All facilities providing indoor recreatio...





AGCO Creates Options for Charities to Seed or Guarantee Prizes
2020-03-11 3:19:43 PM

According to their Info Bulletin No.97, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) have now given Ontario charities to seed or guarantee prizes for electronic and paper-based Catch the Ace progressive raffles. Prior to this, seeding and prize guarantees were only available for ...





Ontario Releases New Strategy on Human Trafficking
2020-03-06 2:43:43 PM

Premier Doug Ford, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues Jill Dunlop, and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones announced a five year anti-human trafficking and child sexual exploitation strategy. Legislative and regulatory changes will be looked at by the province as...





IMFG Releases Paper on Municipal Law Powers Across Canada
2020-02-27 10:24:07 AM

The Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance (IMFG) has released a paper analyzing the similarities and variations in municipal law across Canada’s provinces. Authors Zack Taylor and Alec Dobson identify how the provincial-municipal relationship is articulated, municipa...





 
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