AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Ontario Government Announces Updates to Public Safety Radio Network
2019-10-17 12:12:58 PM

The Ontario government announced that it has reached an agreement with Bell Mobility to update the Public Safety Radio Network (PSRN), the communications network supporting front-line and emergency responders across the province. Last updated in 1998, the PSRN does not meet...

AGCO Announces Changes in Regulation Affecting Licensed Manufacturers
2019-09-27 11:05:18 AM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission today (AGCO) announced the Ontario government has approved two changes to regulation that increase the hours of sale for liquor manufacturers and increases flexibility for wineries that sell at Farmers’ Markets. These changes are part of t...

Government Proposing Regulatory Framework for Speed Enforcement
2019-09-05 9:05:00 AM

The government is proposing a regulatory framework for amendments made to the Safer School Zones Act by the previous government in 2017. The amendments were designed to prevent speeding and include the use of automated speed enforcement (ASE – or, more commonly, photo ...

AMCTO Releases Third Edition of Issue at a Glance Series
2019-08-30 2:50:16 PM

In the context of the Attorney General recently opening consultations to reform the system, AMCTO has released a third edition of its briefing note series, Issue at a Glance , on Joint and Several Liability. The issues surrounding joint and several liability, its recent...

MAG Opens Consultations for Joint and Several Liability
2019-07-17 10:19:38 AM

Following the announcement at the end of January at the annual Rural Ontario Municipalities Association (ROMA) by Premier Doug Ford, the Ministry of the Attorney General for Ontario has opened up consultations on joint and several liability, insurance costs, and the affect ‘li...

Ontario Announces Next Phase of Private Retail Cannabis Stores
2019-07-03 10:31:20 AM

Ontario’s Minister of Finance, Rod Phillips, and Attorney General, Doug Downey, today announced the next phase of the province’s cannabis stores, which will authorize an additional 42 private cannabis retail stores. Similar to the first phase, the Alcohol and Gaming Commis...

Ontario Introduces School Bus Safety Measures
2019-05-01 12:51:42 PM

The provincial government is introducing new measures to target drivers who threaten the safety of children crossing roads to their school or home.  This includes making school bus camera footage admissible in court without a witness present as evidence in cases relating t...

AGCO Updates Lottery Licensing Policy Manual
2019-04-29 2:52:10 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has updated the Lottery Licensing Policy Manual (LLPM) to provide greater flexibility for charities and ease the administrative burden.  The changes to the Manual that are of note to local governments are the eliminatio...

AMO Launching a Municipal Cannabis Cost Survey
2019-03-28 6:01:42 PM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) is launching a Municipal Cannabis Cost Survey to monitor and evaluate the impacts of cannabis legalization. This survey will gather data on the fiscal impacts of recreational cannabis legalization, including trends in costs over...

Ontario Private Cannabis Retail Store Openings Delayed
2019-03-26 9:37:49 AM

The Ontario Government yesterday confirmed that the province's process to set up private cannabis retail stores is taking longer than predicated. Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli said that customers will have to "wait and see" which of the 25 private retailers who were granted ...

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