AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Call for Justices of the Peace
2020-09-14 3:10:44 PM

The Justices of the Peace Appointment Advisory Committee at the request of the Attorney General has made a call for applications for 44 Justices of the Peace positions. There are a number of vacancies across Ontario. Justices of the Peace are critical to the efficient funct...

Revised Communications from ORG re: Marriage Licence Updates
2020-08-05 4:43:17 PM

The Ontario Registrar General Office re-issued a communications to Ontario Marriage Licence Issuers on July 30th 2020 to clarify some information and provide additional guidance on replacement licences.  Extending validity of licenses issued during the COVID-19 pandemic for ...

New Reg: Administering Oath or Declaration Remotely
2020-08-04 4:14:16 PM

The Province has published O.Reg 431/20 under the Commissioners for Taking Affidavits Act.  As you may know, the Act was amended through Bill 190, COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020  through which the Government made amendments to several pieces...

Regulation Changes – Liquor Delivery and Service on Licenced Boats
2020-07-20 11:12:15 AM

On July 16 th 2020, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario released two information bulletins on regulatory changes under the Liquor Licence Act (LLA). To assist the hospitality and tourism sector, amendments were made to Regulation 719 of the Act which allows Lice...

Communications From Deputy Registrar General on Marriage Licenses updates
2020-07-16 2:41:32 PM

Note: this post has been edited to fix a link. On July 13 th , the Deputy Ontario Registrar General sent two memos to Ontario Marriage license issuers:   The first memo was with regards to Provincial marriage license fees. As AMCTO posted about last week, Bill 197...

Communication from the Deputy Registrar General re: Death Registration
2020-07-08 4:36:04 PM

On July 6th, the Deputy Registrar General sent a memo to Ontario Division Registrars on the Submission of Death Registrations.   It was noted that the partnership between the Ontario Registrar General (ORG) and Ontario registrars has allowed this important service to conti...

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...

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