AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Province announces Phase 4 of Safe Restart Agreement
2022-12-07 11:49:47 AM

The Province has announced that it is providing municipalities with up to $505 million through Phase 4 of the federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement to help support municipal transit systems. The funding will help municipal transit systems in 107 municipalities address c...

Ontario Ending Several Orders Affecting Municipalities
2022-04-07 9:52:37 AM

As a reminder with the Provincial Government announcement of its plan to gradually ease public health and workplace safety measures, remaining directives and orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and the Reopening Ontario Act relevant to municipali...

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...

Ontario Releases 2021-2022 Third Quarter Finances
2022-02-15 4:30:39 PM

The Provincial Government has released its 2021-22 Third Quarter Finances, which provide an update on Ontario’s economic and fiscal outlook. Ontario is now projecting a deficit of $13.1 billion in 2021-22, an improvement of $8.4 billion from the deficit forecast in the Fall E...

Applications Open for 2022-23 Inclusive Community Grants
2022-02-07 9:27:32 AM

Applications are now open for the 2022-23 Inclusive Community Grants. The $750,000 investment is intended to help communities across the province becomes more inclusive and accessible for people of all ages and abilities. These grants provide municipalities, non-profit comm...

Ontario Announces Gas Tax Funding
2022-01-21 4:48:07 PM

The Provincial government has announced Gas Tax Funding allocations. The government is providing $375.6 million to the 107 municipalities across the province that operate local transit. The funding can be used to extend service hours, buy transit vehicles, add routes, improve ...

FCM's Vision for Canada's Recovery
2021-12-13 10:02:44 AM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has released their vision for Canada’s recovery with recommendations for the 44 th Parliament. The document, Partners for Canada’s Recovery , offers non-partisan local solutions to tackle some of Canada’s biggest challenges inc...

2021 Fall Economic Statement
2021-11-04 4:23:19 PM

Today Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy released the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario . The plan lays out how the Government intends to build the foundation for Ontario’s recovery by focusing on infrastructure, attracting investment and rest...

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’s Legislature is Back in Session
2021-10-05 9:23:44 AM

Yesterday Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell read the Speech from the Throne, opening the second session of the 42nd Parliament. The Speech outlined the Provincial Government’s legislative objectives for the next 8 months, with the next Provincial Election set for June ...

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