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Municipal Law Program (MLP)


Municipal Law Program (MLP)

This four unit program provides students with a general understanding of municipal legal matters and the knowledge of how far to proceed before seeking professional advice. A Certificate of Completion is awarded once you have successfully completed each MLP Unit. Successful completion of all four program units within a three-year timeline is one of the four elements of AMCTO's Diploma in Municipal Administration (DMA).

Each year, AMCTO presents an award for excellence to the student who attains the highest cumulative mark upon completion of the four units of this program.

Registration is now closed for the Fall 2018 Term and we are no longer accepting registrations. Set your calendar for December 1st, when registration will open for the Winter 2019 Term. Details will be posted by the end of November 2018.

MLP Unit 1 - Introduction to Municipal Law

Provides a general context of the law and the legal framework governing Municipalities. It also introduces students to the infrastructure of Municipal organization and operation. Further, the lessons provide an overview of the Municipal Act of 2001 and address legal and philosophical issues of statutory interpretation. Other topics in the Unit deal with Municipal by-laws and how to define, draft, enforce and defend them. The Unit concludes with a discussion of how to manage Municipal records.
MLP Unit 2 - Municipal Torts

Examines tort law in the context of Municipal liability. In particular, it addresses issues related to liability in enforcement activities, public works activities, and recreational activities. The Unit also examines liability in matters dealing directly with Municipal politicians for things like negligence, unlawful interference with economic interests, libel and slander, breach of trust, abuse of office and the like. The discussion also includes various remedies under tort law, with an emphasis on the classification, measure and awarding of damages. Other topics in the Unit include limitation periods in law. The Unit concludes with a discussion of insurance, including their acquisition and the process of making of claims.

MLP Unit 3 - Municipal Contracts

Focuses on contract law and their application to Municipalities. The lessons cover subjects such as the formation of contracts and their statutory framework. The discussion also addresses the various elements of a contract and the principles surrounding its termination. Other topics in the Unit include the analysis of a contract, various types of contracts, the capacity to contract, as well as the basic procedures of drafting of a contract.

MLP Unit 4 – Municipal Land Related Law

Focuses on Municipal land-related law. It addresses core topics like landholding and landowners, ownership and other interests in land. It also examines issues related to descriptions, plans and surveys in Ontario. The Unit further provides a discussion of the Planning Act, including a detailed analysis of Provincial plans, Provincial policy statements and related official plans. Other significant and often highly controversial subjects within the Planning Act covered in the Unit are zoning and site plan control. The Unit also addresses issues of land division and the development permit system associated with the Planning Act. The remaining topics in the Unit include discussions about statutes creating a lien on land, Municipal tax collection, Municipal land dealings and the Building Code Act of 1992.

Correspondence-Online Tuition Fees

All course materials are provided online including the unit textbook
Fee for each unit with PDF version of textbook is $401.15 (355.00 + 46.15 HST #R106732936)
Fee for each unit with PDF and Hardcopy of textbook is $435.05 (355.00 + 35.00 + 50.70 HST #R106732936)
Note: Hardcopy textbook will be shipped after registration closes.

Registration forms can be found on the Assignment Schedule page.

Challenging a MLP Unit

Applicants must have a minimum of five-years related municipal experience in a senior supervisory role and/or courses to receive approval to challenge any unit of MLP. Challenging any unit of MLP is an opportunity to receive credit for a specific MLP Unit without submitting assignments. Approved applicants will be required to submit a paper and write an exam for each unit. An overall minimum passing grade of 70% must be attained to gain credit for the specific MLP Unit you are challenging.

Challenge Fee with PDF version of textbook: $254.25 per unit (225.00 + 29.25 HST #R106732936)
Challenge Fee with PDF and Hardcopy of textbook: $293.80 per unit (225.00 + 35.00 + 33.80 HST #R106732936)

Those who meet the minimum requirements mentioned above and are interested in applying to challenge any MLP Unit, submit the MLP Challenge Application to Rosita Bourke.


Refund Policy: A student who cancels from any Unit before the first scheduled assignment due date is entitled to a partial refund of fees less a refund levy of $113.00 (includes HST). In order to receive the partial refund, you must submit written notice of your cancellation to Rosita Bourke. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after the first scheduled assignment due date. A student cannot transfer their registration or payment to a later date. No returns accepted or no refunds for the hard copy textbook.

MLP Classes in Mississauga

INSTRUCTORS: (Click on the name for complete Bio)
David N. Germain, Partner, Thomson Rogers Barristers & Solicitors
Gregory G. Sills, Associate, Thomson Rogers Barristers & Solicitors
Denitza Koev, Associate, Thomson Rogers Barristers & Solicitors

The topics that will be discussed in this program are located in the outlines posted above with the MLP Unit descriptions and will be covering the same curriculum as the correspondence offering, therefore, each unit will have four assignments and exam. However, the curriculum will be delivered differently, which may have a combination of in-class group assignments, homework assigned and the exam. The Instructor will determine how the exam will be administered. It may be in-class 2-hour closed book proctored exam or 24-hour open book via emailed exam.
TUITION FEES PER UNIT: $581.95 (Includes $66.95 HST #R106732936, unit materials provided through online access and lunch each day of classes).

Spaces are limited - Contact Jeanne Moon to register for the upcoming MLP Unit 3 classes, here at the AMCTO Office. Registering for the MLP Unit 3 classes will also reserve your space for the MLP Unit 4 classes.

AMCTO Office, 2690 Skymark Ave. Suite 610, Mississauga, ON L4W 5L6

Classroom Delivery Dates for each MLP Unit are from 9am to 4pm with registration at 8:30am each day:

  1. Dates for MLP Unit 1: Introduction to Municipal Law - Instructor, David N. Germain
    June 25th, June 26th, July 9th and July 10th (2018)
  2. Dates for MLP Unit 2: Municipal Torts - Instructor, Gregory G. Sills
    July 30th, July 31st, August 13th and August 14th (2018)
  3. Dates for MLP Unit 3: Municipal Contracts - Instructor, Denitza Koev
    September 10th, September 11th, September 24th and September 25th (2018)
  4. Dates for MLP Unit 4: Municipal Land Related Law - Instructor, Denitza Koev
    October 15th, October 16th, October 29th and October 30th (2018)
Attendance is essential to this format of learning. Although there will be no opportunity for make-up assignments, it will be permitted that you may miss one class per unit with a 10% deduction from your overall unit grade.

Refund Policy:

All cancellations must be confirmed in writing to AMCTO at A refund levy of $113.00 per unit(100.00 + 13.00HST) will be applied to all cancellations received up to Fourteen (14) business days prior to the event. Refunds are not granted for cancellations made within 13 days or less of the event date.