AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Municipal Enforcement of School Speed Limits Through Photo Radar Now In Effect
2019-12-04 10:04:42 AM

As of December 1 st , Ontario’s municipal governments can choose to enforce speed limits in school and community safety zones through the use of automated speed enforcement (ASE) technology. ASE technology, or more commonly referred to as photo radar, will be governed by a...





FCM Releases Recommendations for Federal Government’s First 100 Days
2019-11-29 11:08:44 AM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have released a report, Building Ontario Together , with recommendations for the new federal government’s first 100 days. The recommendations involve federal-municipal engagement in 15 policy areas, including: Stren...





AMCTO Submits Comments on Proposed Repeal of the Line Fences Act in Bill 132
2019-11-29 10:10:06 AM

AMCTO has submitted comments to the Standing Committee on General Government on the proposed repeal of the Line Fences Act in Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act. The repeal would take effect two years after the Bill receives Royal Assent. We have exp...





Province Announces Five Year E-Scooter Pilot Project
2019-11-27 11:55:13 AM

The Ontario Government has announced a five year e-scooter pilot project that will begin on January 1 st , 2020. Following a two-week consultation period, the five year pilot is launched within a framework of rules and requirements, such as helmet requirements and a maximum s...





AMCTO Submits Comments on Proposed Building Code Amendments
2019-11-26 3:56:36 PM

AMCTO has submitted comments to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on the proposed amendments to Ontario’s Building Code Services. We have expressed concerns with the proposed creation of the administrative authority and its wider financial implications for Onta...





Ontario Retail Cannabis Stores to Move to Open Market System Instead of Lottery
2019-11-22 11:25:35 AM

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that the province’s cannabis retail stores will be opened up to the market and move away from its initial lottery system. While Premier Ford did not specify how many stores will be opened, he did indicate they will open in the New Year. ...





Treasury Board Announces Transfer Payment Consolidation Smart Initiative
2019-11-22 9:59:00 AM

Ontario's Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy announced the Transfer Payment Consolidation Smart Initiative, which the government says will reduce administrative costs, increase value for money, enhance client experience and improve service outcomes. This initiativ...





Ontario Launches Consultations on Blue Box Program Reform
2019-11-22 12:13:28 AM

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has launched a public consultation process to help inform the province’s transition from the existing Blue Box Program to one that shifts responsibility to producers in a system known as extended producer responsi...





AGCO Approves Two New Break Open Ticket Types
2019-11-20 10:32:37 AM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has approved two new break open ticket types (BN31 and SP44) that includes unique expense maximums. The unique expense maximums are not available to existing ticket types. The tickets were developed by the charitable gami...





Ministry of Health Announces Digital-First Health Plan
2019-11-19 2:27:09 PM

Minister of Health Christine Elliot has announced plans relating to the province’s “digital first” health-care transformation plan, which the government says will help end hallway health care by offering more choices. The five pillars of the Digital First for Health Strate...





 
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