AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Connecting Links Funding Announced
2021-04-09 3:59:24 PM

The Minister of Transportation announced today that the Ontario Government will invest  $30 million  to help 14 municipalities repair roads and bridges through the Connecting Links Program.   Eligible costs include the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replac...





Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order
2021-04-07 4:44:40 PM

The Ontario government announced today that it is declaring a third provincial emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic under s 7.0.1 (1) of the  Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.  A province-wide Stay-at-Home order has been issued effective April 8 at 12:01am....





Third Wave Province-wide Shutdown Announced
2021-04-01 3:07:43 PM

The Ontario government announced today that they are imposing a province-wide emergency brake as a result of a surge in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province. The brake will take effect as of April 3rd at 12:01am. As a result,   COVID-19 Shutdown  mea...





Ontario 2021 Budget
2021-03-24 5:58:19 PM

Today Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board Peter Bethlenfalvy presented his first Budget and the Government’s second during the pandemic: Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy . Overview The 2021 Budget has two core pillars...





Update on Marriage License Services
2021-03-22 9:16:53 AM

As a follow up to their memo sent on February 8, 2021 , the Ontario Registrar General (ORG) sent a memo on March 17, 2021 to Ontario Marriage Licence Issuers. Validity Period The second province-wide emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act decl...





Advocacy Update: Asset Management Plan Timelines Have Been Extended Following...
2021-03-19 9:09:08 AM

There is some good news to share on Asset Management Plan (AMP) timelines! The Ministry of Infrastructure has filed regulations to extend the deadlines for municipalities by one year. Planning timelines are now: July 1, 2022 – plans are required for core municipal as...





Ontario Provincial Budget Date set
2021-03-11 12:09:21 PM

Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy, announced today that he would be tabling the provincial budget on Wednesday March 24th 2021.  This will be the first budget delivered by the Minister Bethlenfalvy since taking on the responsibility...





Supreme Court of Canada Hearing on Better Local Government Act
2021-03-08 11:30:44 AM

The Supreme Court of Canada has set a March 16th hearing date for the City of Toronto's appeal related to the City of Toronto et al v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2018 ONSC 5151  and subsequent appeal in  Toronto (City) v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2019 ONCA 732  which deal...





Additional Funds for Audit and Accountability Program
2021-03-04 1:31:23 PM

Catching up on some news from this week: On March 1st 2021, the Province announced additional dollars towards the Audit and Accountability Fund. As you know, this Fund is to help large municipalities find better and more efficient ways to operate and save taxpayers' dollars...





Additional Operating Support to Municipalities
2021-03-04 11:23:50 AM

On March 4th 2021, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark and Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy announced $500 million to support operating pressures faced by 444 municipalities as a result of COVID-19 in 2021. Intere...





 
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