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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. Although it is recommended that you register to take one unit at a time, we do leave the decision up to the individual. You are the best person to determine if you can commit to the curriculum and schedule for more than one unit during the same term. Successful completion of all four 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.

Program Format

MLP is available in two formats:
  • Correspondence Format: In this format, you are required to read the textbook, submit assignments, and complete an exam according to a given schedule. You will be assigned to a marker who will grade your assignments and exam. If you have questions the marker can answer them, but there is no live lecture or instruction. Instead, all activites/communication is performed via a Learning Management System (LMS).
  • Digital Format (Zoom): Like the correspondence format, you are required to complete assignments and an exam based on a given schedule. But the key difference is that you will attend a series of live online classes delivered by an instructor via Zoom.

Correspondence Format Tuition Fees

$412.45 ($365.00 + $47.45 HST) for each unit.

All course materials including the textbook are provided through online access. If you would like a hard copy of the textbook, an additional $35 fee applies and the total will be $452.00 ($365.00 + $35.00 + $52.00 HST)Hard copy textbooks are shipped after registration closes.

​​Correspondence Course 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 ($100.00 + $13.00 HST). In order to receive the partial refund, you must submit written notice of your cancellation to Education Department. 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.

Digital Format (Zoom) Tuition Fees

$508.50 ($450.00 + $58.50 HST) for each unit.

All course materials are provided through online access.

Digital Format Refund Policy: All cancellations must be confirmed in writing to Education Department. A refund levy of $113.00 per unit ($100.00 + $13.00 HST) 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 thirteen (13) days or less of the event date.
Registration for the MLP Unit 1 Correspondence Offering - 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.

Registration for the Fall Term correspondence course is open and will close August 6, 2021. Course begins August 30, 2021.


Registration for the MLP Unit 2 Correspondence Offering - 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.

Registration for the Fall Term correspondence course is open and will close August 6, 2021. Course begins August 30, 2021.


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Registration for the MLP Unit 3 Correspondence Offering - 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.

Registration for the Fall Term correspondence course is open and will close August 6, 2021. Course begins August 30, 2021.


Registration for the MLP Unit 4 Correspondence Offering – 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.

Registration for the Fall Term correspondence course is open and will close August 6, 2021. Course begins August 30, 2021.


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: $265.55 per unit (235.00 + 30.55 HST #R106732936)
Challenge Fee with PDF and Hardcopy of textbook: $305.10 per unit (235.00 + 35.00 + 35.10 HST #R106732936)

Those who meet the minimum requirements mentioned above and are interested in registering to challenge any MLP Unit, submit the MLP Challenge Application to Rosita Bourke.
(only available when the correspondence registration is open).

Registration for Digital Format (Zoom) Classes

MLP Unit 1 - Introduction to Municipal Law (4 Days)

Registration closed April 16th. By registering for the MLP Unit 1 Zoom classes, your space is reserved for the 2021 Zoom classes for MLP Units 2, 3 and 4.

Fee for each Unit: $508.50 ($450.00 + $58.50 HST). Includes all unit materials provided through online access.

Curriculum: Although the curriculum is the same as the correspondence offering, it is the delivery that is different. The Instructor will schedule all assignments and the 24-hour, open-book exam date with you after the classes have started.

Attendance is essential to this format of learning however, these sessions will be recorded. In the event that you are unable to attend any one of these dates, you will have the opportunity to listen to the presentation at a later date.

Dates for MLP Unit 1 Zoom classes: May 5th, May 12th, May 26th, and June 2nd (2021). Each day is from 9 am to 2 pm with sign-in at 8:30 am.

Exam Dates: TBD

Instructor: David N. Germain, Partner, Thomson Rogers Lawyers. Please click here to see David's full BIO.


MLP Unit 2 Classes - Municipal Torts (4 Days)

Registration closed on June 7th.

Dates for MLP Unit 2 Zoom classes: June 16th, June 23rd, July 7th, and July 14th (2021). Each day is from 9 am to 2 pm with sign-in at 8:30 am.

Exam Dates: TBD

Instructor: Al Burton, Partner, Thomson Rogers Lawyers. Please click here to see Al's full BIO.


MLP Unit 3 - Municipal Contracts (4 Days)

Registration will only be circulated if the MLP Unit 2 class does not reach capacity or if space should become available. Waiting list is full and we are no longer accepting names.

Dates for MLP Unit 3 Zoom classes: Sept 10th, Sept 17th, Oct 1st, and Oct 8th (2021). Each day is from 9 am to 2 pm with sign-in at 8:30 am.

Exam Dates: TBD

Instructor: Denitza Koev, Partner, Thomson Rogers Lawyers. Please click here to see Denitza's full BIO.


MLP Unit 4 - Municipal Land Related Law (4 Days)

Registration will only be circulated if the MLP Unit 3 class does not reach capacity or if space should become available. Waiting list is full and we are no longer accepting names.

Dates for MLP Unit 4 Zoom classes: Nov 5th, Nov 12th, Nov 26th, and Dec 3rd (2021). Each day is from 9 am to 2 pm with sign-in at 8:30 am.

Exam Dates: TBD

Instructor: Denitza Koev, Partner, Thomson Rogers Lawyers. Please click here to see Denitza's full BIO.