AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Announcement: ICIP Changes for Pandemic-Resilient Infrastructure
2020-08-05 4:46:19 PM

On August 5th, Canada's Minister of Infrastructure and Communities announced adjustments to the ICIP to introduce a COVID-10 Resilience stream so that provinces and territories can use federal funding to act quickly on a wider range of more pandemic-resilient infrastructure ...





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...





Announcement: Funding for Municipalities under the Safe Restart Agreement
2020-07-28 5:03:03 PM

On July 27 2020, the Province announced $4 billion in funding for Ontario municipalities through the Safe Restart Agreement which contributes federal and provincial funds to offset municipal operational costs ( $777 million federal + $1.22 billion provincial = $ 2 billion ) a...





Ontario Legislature Rises for the Summer
2020-07-27 12:45:33 PM

The Ontario Legislature rose for the summer on July 21 st and is expected to resume September 14th, 2020. A busy few months with various COVID related measures put in place, the following government bills were passed and received Royal Assent before the Legislature rose: ...





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...





Catching Up On Recent News and Information
2020-07-17 10:45:08 AM

We are catching up on sharing a number of interesting pieces of news, reports, and other information on the municipal sector. Here are a few items of interest.    Assessment Review Board Training MFOA is holding a two part webinar on municipal involvement in Assessment R...





Bill 197, The COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act
2020-07-09 9:20:30 AM

On July 8, 2020, the Province introduced Bill 197, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act. This omnibus bill includes 20 schedules which amends multiple Acts. The Government has positioned the bill as addressing three critical needs Ontario faces: restarting jobs and development...





Open Call - COVID-19 Resource
2020-05-19 8:31:55 AM

Open Call is a cross-sector collaboration between the Canadian Digital Service, the Canada School of Public Service, and the nonprofit team at Code for Canada . This is an immediately available resource for municipalities today. Together, they have curated a catalogue of...





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...





Appended Regulation Under Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act
2020-05-04 12:15:14 PM

With the Province passing an appended regulation to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act on Friday. It is now providing the formal authorization for Registered Nurses to sign medical certificates of death. This is pertinent information for a suite of municipal st...





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