On March 19th, 2020 the Ontario Provincial Government made amendments to the Municipal Act, 2001 in response to COVID-19. Bill 187, the Municipal Emergency Act allows municipalities to update the procedural by-laws for meetings of municipal councils, committees and local boards under sections 238 and 239 of the Municipal Act

In response physical distancing requirements as part of Ontario’s COVID-19 pandemic response, municipalities can update procedural by-laws for council, committee, and local board meetings in order maintain proceedings while not at physical meeting locations.


This webpage serves as a resource to provide the legislative context and practical considerations for the task of undertaking electronic council meetings. This webpage has been developed in partnership with AMCTO, MISA Ontario, OMAA and AMO to help those needing it within the sector.


Updated as of October 1, 2020 at 2:31PM

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