In response physical distancing requirements as part of Ontario’s COVID-19 pandemic response, on March 19th, 2020 the Ontario Government made amendments to the Municipal Act (MA), 2001 in response to COVID-19. Bill 187: the Municipal Emergency Act allows municipalities to update the procedural bylaws for meetings of municipal councils, committees and local boards under sections 238 and 239 of the MA. On July 21st, 2020, through Bill 197, the Ontario Government made further amendments to the MA to permanently allow quorum for electronic meetings outside of an emergency – a decision that was built on the successful implementation of electronic meetings by multiple municipalities and in response to advocacy efforts of various municipal stakeholders.

This webpage serves as a resource to provide the legislative context and practical considerations for the task of undertaking electronic council meetings. The first edition of the resource guide was developed in partnership with Municipal Information Systems Association (MISA) Ontario, the Ontario Municipal Administrators' Association (OMAA) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). 

The second edition of the guide builds on the first edition by highlighting some best practices that have been unveiled since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic  and was developed in partnership with MISA. 



Updated as of February 2, 2021.

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