AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Government to Assist with Recreational Cannabis Costs
2019-01-23 3:41:10 PM

Through the Ontario Cannabis Legalization Implementation Fund , the Ontario government is providing a payment of $15 million to its municipalities by the end of February to assist with the cost of legalizing cannabis and combatting the illegal market. This is the second o...

AGCO Reminder Regarding Ontario’s Private Cannabis Retail Stores
2019-01-11 4:09:52 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) today distributed letters to all CAOs and Clerks in Ontario municipalities regarding the implementation of the province's private cannabis retail stores.  To municipalities who have not yet notified the AGCO of their decision to opt ...

Ontario to Phase In Cannabis Retail Licensing
2018-12-19 7:46:42 PM

Last week Attorney General Caroline Mulroney and Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli released a statement announcing that Ontario’s private retail cannabis stores will open in phases due to the nation-wide cannabis shortage.  During the provincial government’s initial phase, up...

Government Announces Grants to Help Police Keep Communities Safe
2018-11-29 2:56:23 PM

The Ontario Government yesterday announced grants of $1.5 million to help police forces across the province fight human trafficking, disrupt outlaw motorcycle gang activity, support victims and address mental health issues in their communities.  Administered through the Ci...

Free Webinar on Municipal Responsibilities in the Private Cannabis Retail Sector
2018-11-21 2:51:15 PM

On Tuesday November 27, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission is hosting a free webinar for municipal staff that will focus on issues surrounding the municipal regulatory and operational responsibilities in the privately run cannabis retail sector.  This webinar will take plac...

Best Practices for Cannabis Legalization
2018-11-19 2:51:36 PM

On November 8, AMCTO hosted a forum on the legalization of recreational cannabis. Participants at the forum discussed a range of best-practices for private retail sales of recreational cannabis, including topics related to by-laws, licensing, zoning, and enforcement.   The...

Province Passes New Cannabis Regulations
2018-11-15 11:01:23 AM

The Ontario PC government yesterday evening passed new regulations for the licensing and operation of private cannabis stores. Focusing largely on the protection of children and youth and overseen by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), these regulations provi...

Changes to Blanket and Bazaar Lottery Licences
2018-10-02 11:56:26 AM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has made a number of changes to lottery licencing policies that are designed to provide greater flexibility for charities and ease the administrative burden. Specific changes introduced at the beginning of September by the AGCO incl...

Province Outlines Cannabis Distribution Model
2018-08-14 5:17:56 PM

Yesterday the government of Ontario outlined its proposed model for the sale of recreational cannabis. When recreational cannabis becomes legal on October 17th Ontarians will be able to order online through an online retail platform operated by the provincially-run Ontario Can...

Implementation of Policing Reforms Halted
2018-07-04 5:24:09 PM

In a letter to Ontario police associations, Premier Doug Ford announced that the government of Ontario is postponing the implementation of elements of Bill 175 (the Safer Ontario Act), the Liberal government's reforms to public safety and policing. It's not clear which parts o...

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