AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream Now Open
2020-11-17 3:00:46 PM

Back on October 29th, we blogged that the Province had announced a new COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream which formed part of  the Investing in Community Infrastructure Program (ICIP), with more details forthcoming. Today, the Province announced that it is now acc...

FCM Releases Build Back Better Together Ahead of its Advocacy Day
2020-11-17 11:04:00 AM

On November 16th, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) released, Building Back Better Together, its recommendations to build a better Canada during and after COVID-19. The release was made one day ahead of FCM's Advocacy Day on Parliament Hill. The recommendation...

Advocacy Update: Bill 218
2020-11-16 1:52:09 PM

Update: As of November 20, 2020, Bill 218:  Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act  has received Royal Assent. On November 16th, Bill 218: Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act , passed third reading  after it had underwent brief st...

Ontario Updates Thresholds and Advice for COVID-19 Response Framework
2020-11-13 3:45:54 PM

On November 13th 2020, the Province announced that it would be updating its threshold levels and advice within the COVID-19 Response Framework in response to updated modelling.  If the current case trajectory continues, according to the modelling, Ontario would see up to 6,...

Budget Bill: 229: Protect, Support and Recover From COVID-19 Act
2020-11-13 1:38:21 PM

We have  already blogged  about several measures announced as part of the Fall 2020 Budget. This post will focus on  Bill 229: Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), 2020,  which contains 44 Schedules that would make amendments to several Acts.   S...

Ontario Fall 2020 Budget
2020-11-05 6:01:42 PM

Minister of Finance, Rod Phillips,with his new Budget shoes , presented a long awaited 2020 Budget entitled Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support and Recover . He also introduced legislation to implement Budget measures and to amend and repeal various acts (details on th...

Improving Broadband and Cellular Access
2020-11-04 2:39:32 PM

Ahead of November 5th Fall 2020 Budget , the Province released some more information about it's investment to improve and expand broadband and cellular access. AMCTO's pre-budget submission emphasized the need for broadband infrastructure investments.  The Province is comm...

2021 OMPF announcement
2020-10-30 10:47:35 AM

Check your inboxes folks. In keeping with the commitment made by the premier at the 2020 AMO Conference , on October 29th, the Province confirmed the maintenance of its $500 million funding envelope for the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) for 2021. In 2021, the...

Ontario Launches ICIP Resiliency Stream
2020-10-29 10:53:17 AM

On October 28th, 2020, the Province launched Ontario’s COVID-19 Resiliency Stream which provides funding for certain infrastructure projects for municipalities as well as education and long-term care through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) . This mu...

Fall Budget Date will be November 5th
2020-10-26 1:21:05 PM

On Monday, October 26th, the Government announced that the Ontario Budget will be released on Thursday, November 5th 2020. This budget will have a three year outlook and include possible scenarios for what the Province might face going forward. The focus of the budget wil...

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