AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Two-Year Transition Period For Community Benefits Framework
2020-09-21 9:05:02 AM

On September 18 2020, the two-year transition period for the new Community Benefits framework began as a result of an in force proclaimation. In addition, changes to the Development Charges Act, 1997 were also proclaimed. As a result of the advocacy from the municipal secto...





New targeted intake of the Rural Economic Development program
2020-09-21 8:29:38 AM

On September 18 2020, the Provincial Government announced nearly $1 million in new cost-sharing funding for rural communities under the Rural Economic Development (RED) program.  Not-for-profit organizations whose mandate is regional economic development are eligible for up...





Statement: Announced Legislation on a Municipal Voters' List
2020-09-17 4:47:20 PM

Today, the Government of Ontario introduced a Bill which proposes to create a single register of voters for municipal and provincial elections which will take effect in 2024, ahead of the 2026 municipal election.  AMCTO has been advocating for changes to the municipal vote...





Ontario Legislature Resumes
2020-09-15 11:20:42 AM

The Ontario Legislature resumed Monday, September 14th, after a few weeks break. There are 11 sitting weeks scheduled until the winter recess on December 10, including two constituency breaks in October (week of October 12th) and November (week of November 9th).  In intervi...





Call for Justices of the Peace
2020-09-14 3:10:44 PM

The Justices of the Peace Appointment Advisory Committee at the request of the Attorney General has made a call for applications for 44 Justices of the Peace positions. There are a number of vacancies across Ontario. Justices of the Peace are critical to the efficient funct...





Reminder: accessibility deadlines for websites and web content
2020-09-14 2:52:31 PM

As Ontario moves towards full compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in 2025, there is a looming deadline for websites and web content that impacts public sector organizations.  By January 1, 2021, public sector organizations must ensur...





2020 AMO Conference Highlights
2020-08-25 1:11:58 PM

AMCTO staff attended the 2020 AMO Conference. It  looked a little different this year: using multiple platforms, AMO held a virtual conference with (most of) the usual activities expected from the largest municipal conference in Canada. We are pleased to report that we had ...





Province Extends Most Orders under Reopening Ontario Act
2020-08-20 9:53:38 AM

The Province announced on August 20 2020 that in consultations with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, it is extending Orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act 2020 (ROA). The ROA, passed before the Legislature rose for...





Premier Ford addresses delegates at 2020 AMO (Virtual) Conference
2020-08-17 10:33:23 AM

This morning, Premier Doug Ford addressed delegates at the 2020 AMO Conference. As you may know the conference is being delivered virtually this year.  The Premier's address focussed primarily on the COVID Pandemic and support for economic recovery. Premier Ford highligh...





Announcement: Phase 1 Funding for Municipalities under Safe Restart Agreement
2020-08-12 4:24:30 PM

On August 12th 2020, the Province announced the allocation of $1.6 billion in first phase emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement with the federal government, to be distributed this Fall. As AMCTO blogged  about previously, the funding under the Agreement is t...





 
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