AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Speech from the Throne Update
2018-03-20 11:32:31 AM

Yesterday Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell delivered a Speech from the Throne, laying out of the government's priorities for final few months of the current sitting of the legislature. In its throne speech the government identified a number of priorities th...

Canada and Ontario Sign Infrastructure Agreement
2018-03-15 3:08:55 PM

Yesterday the Government of Canada and the province of Ontario signed a funding agreement for billions of dollars in federal infrastructure funding over the next 10 years. The Bilateral Framework Agreement (IBA) signed yesterday by the federal and provincial Ministers of Infr...

Prudent Investor Regulation Finalized
2018-03-12 2:24:17 PM

The government has finalized the regulations that will enable to municipalities to use the prudent investor standard for investments. The regulation will allow qualifying municipalities to abandon the "legal list" of of eligible investments and invest in any security that is ...

Safer Ontario Act Passes Third Reading
2018-03-12 1:27:02 PM

Last week Bill 175, the Safer Ontario Act , passed third reading and received Royal Assent. The legislation introduces a wide range reforms to policing and community safety in Ontario.  For more:  Ontario Introduces Proposed Policing Reforms  News Release: Ontario Pas...

Ontario Unveils Cannabis Implementation Funding Deal for Municipalities
2018-03-12 1:19:00 PM

The government of Ontario has released the details of how it will share revenue from sales of recreational cannabis with municipalities. The deal, announced by Minister of Finance Charles Sousa, will govern the sharing of cannabis for the first two years of implementation. Af...

Code of Conduct Regulation Finalized
2018-03-08 11:54:17 AM

The regulation that states what topics have to be covered in municipal codes of conduct has been finalized and posted on e-laws. According to the regulation all codes of conduct for municipal councils and local boards must cover:  Gifts, benefits and hospitality  ...

Ontario Introduces Pay Equity Legislation
2018-03-08 9:00:00 AM

The government of Ontario has introduced new legislation that would require certain employers to track and publish information about compensation in their organizations, with the goal of improving pay equity. Specifically, Ontario's legislation would:  Require public...

Ontario Budget to be Released March 28th
2018-03-07 2:15:57 PM

Ontario's Minister of Finance Charles Sousa announced today that the province's 2018 budget will be released on Wednesday March 28th. As always AMCTO will provide updates and analysis of the budget once it is released.  For more:  Ontario Sets Budget Date for March 28 

AGCO Municipal Webinar Series
2018-03-05 3:53:20 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is launching a new webinar series to help municipalities better understand the AGCO's regulatory work. Specifically, the webinars will disucss the role that the AGCO plays in regulating Ontario's horse racing, alcohol and gam...

AMO Webinar on New Fire Regulations
2018-03-05 12:26:01 PM

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is hosting a webinar to discuss the province's proposed new regulations for fire services. See below for a message from AMO:  As you may be aware, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) released...

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