AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Provincial Committee Hears from AMO in Pre-Budget Consultation
2019-01-17 11:39:06 AM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) was one of almost 30 organizations on Tuesday that presented their pre-budget submission to the province’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.  In his presentation Jamie McGarvey, AMO’s President, notably high...

Government to Review Regional Governance
2019-01-15 3:31:45 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing today announced a plan to review Ontario’s regional governments.  The review will examine Ontario’s eight regional municipalities – Halton, York, Durham, Waterloo, Niagara, Peel, Muskoka District, and Oxford County – and Simcoe...

Government Proposes Changes to Greater Golden Horseshoe’s Growth Plan
2019-01-15 12:12:37 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing today announced proposed changes to the Greater Golden Horseshoe’s Growth plan which they say will increase the region’s housing supply, attract investment and protect jobs. The Ministry also said that the changes would allow munic...

Government to Help Small Municipalities Plan for Infrastructure Needs
2019-01-14 11:39:08 AM

Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, Monte McNaughton, on Friday announced that 58 rural Ontario municipalities will receive infrastructure help through a program delivered by the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario (MFOA) in partnership with the province. Thi...

AGCO Reminder Regarding Ontario’s Private Cannabis Retail Stores
2019-01-11 4:09:52 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) today distributed letters to all CAOs and Clerks in Ontario municipalities regarding the implementation of the province's private cannabis retail stores.  To municipalities who have not yet notified the AGCO of their decision to opt ...

Government Announces Transit Funding for Municipalities
2019-01-09 10:48:30 AM

Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek yesterday announced that the Government is providing $364 million in funding from Ontario’s gas tax program to 107 municipalities across the promise to improve or expand their public transit systems.  Funding for Ontario’s gas tax prog...

OMPF Reductions and Allocation Notices
2019-01-03 10:54:03 AM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) in late December announced that the Ministry of Finance sent a letter to Ontario’s heads of council and treasurers advising that the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) will be reduced by an unspecified amount and that all...

Ontario to Phase In Cannabis Retail Licensing
2018-12-19 7:46:42 PM

Last week Attorney General Caroline Mulroney and Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli released a statement announcing that Ontario’s private retail cannabis stores will open in phases due to the nation-wide cannabis shortage.  During the provincial government’s initial phase, up...

MPAC Provides Update on Bill 66 Reference
2018-12-17 2:48:52 PM

Last week the Government announced Bill 66  including a commitment to confirm with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) that industrial properties will be assessed based on current permitted uses and not speculative.  In a follow up to AMCTO, MPAC confirms...

Premier Ford Meets with Mayors
2018-12-13 11:18:05 AM

On Tuesday Premier Doug Ford met with seven mayors of Ontario to discuss their shared priorities, such as improving transportation infrastructure, increasing the supply of housing to reduce costs, and ensuring municipalities are open for business.  In a series of meetings,...

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