AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Bill 215: Main Street Recovery Act, 2020
2020-10-07 4:21:56 PM

*Note: this post has been edited to make more direct links to a post on EBR consultation on matters related to this bill. On October 7 2020, the Province introduced Bill 215, Main Street Recovery Act, 2020 which forms part of Ontario’s Main Street Recovery Plan mean...





COVID-19 Update: Face Coverings and Additional Health Measures
2020-10-06 9:13:21 AM

On Friday, October 2nd, the Province announced additional measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. While a number of municipalities have mandatory mask by-laws , the Province has made amendments O. Reg 364/20  (Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under the  Reopening Ontario...





COVID-19 Updates: Pre-Screening and Province's Plan for the Second Wave
2020-10-01 10:14:46 AM

Note: this blog post has been edited to include clarification of the below update on pre-screening.  It has been a particularly busy and newsworthy couple of weeks! And it's October already! We hope everyone is managing well and taking care of themselves. Here are a co...





Ontario Fall Pre Budget Submission Process is Open
2020-09-30 1:28:22 PM

As you may be aware, the Province of Ontario has indicated that it will deliver a Fall Budget no later than November 15th 2020. This is a bit of a different process than normal, as we usually expect a Fall Economic Statement at this time of year. Also known as FES (pronounced ...





MPAC Decision on 2021 Municipal Levy
2020-09-24 2:34:13 PM

In consultation with MPAC’s Municipal Liaison Group, MPAC has reviewed its priorities, strategies and approaches to delivering services and supports to municipalities and property owners. As a result, and in direct recognition that the pandemic has caused municipalities a numb...





2020 Federal Speech From the Throne
2020-09-24 11:30:01 AM

On September 23, 2020, the House of Commons returned for a new session after prorogation and began with a Speech from the Throne which is the 150th since Confederation according to CBC News .  2020 Federal Throne Speech The  throne speech focused  on four pillars. Some ...





2020 AMO Conference Highlights
2020-08-25 1:11:58 PM

AMCTO staff attended the 2020 AMO Conference. It  looked a little different this year: using multiple platforms, AMO held a virtual conference with (most of) the usual activities expected from the largest municipal conference in Canada. We are pleased to report that we had ...





Province Extends Most Orders under Reopening Ontario Act
2020-08-20 9:53:38 AM

The Province announced on August 20 2020 that in consultations with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, it is extending Orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act 2020 (ROA). The ROA, passed before the Legislature rose for...





Premier Ford addresses delegates at 2020 AMO (Virtual) Conference
2020-08-17 10:33:23 AM

This morning, Premier Doug Ford addressed delegates at the 2020 AMO Conference. As you may know the conference is being delivered virtually this year.  The Premier's address focussed primarily on the COVID Pandemic and support for economic recovery. Premier Ford highligh...





Announcement: Phase 1 Funding for Municipalities under Safe Restart Agreement
2020-08-12 4:24:30 PM

On August 12th 2020, the Province announced the allocation of $1.6 billion in first phase emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement with the federal government, to be distributed this Fall. As AMCTO blogged  about previously, the funding under the Agreement is t...





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