AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
COVID-19 Updates: Pre-Screening and Province's Plan for the Second Wave
2020-10-01 10:14:46 AM

Note: this blog post has been edited to include clarification of the below update on pre-screening.  It has been a particularly busy and newsworthy couple of weeks! And it's October already! We hope everyone is managing well and taking care of themselves. Here are a co...





Ontario Fall Pre Budget Submission Process is Open
2020-09-30 1:28:22 PM

As you may be aware, the Province of Ontario has indicated that it will deliver a Fall Budget no later than November 15th 2020. This is a bit of a different process than normal, as we usually expect a Fall Economic Statement at this time of year. Also known as FES (pronounced ...





MPAC Decision on 2021 Municipal Levy
2020-09-24 2:34:13 PM

In consultation with MPAC’s Municipal Liaison Group, MPAC has reviewed its priorities, strategies and approaches to delivering services and supports to municipalities and property owners. As a result, and in direct recognition that the pandemic has caused municipalities a numb...





2020 Federal Speech From the Throne
2020-09-24 11:30:01 AM

On September 23, 2020, the House of Commons returned for a new session after prorogation and began with a Speech from the Throne which is the 150th since Confederation according to CBC News .  2020 Federal Throne Speech The  throne speech focused  on four pillars. Some ...





Reg. Registry & EBR Regulation Consultation: Proposal under Ontario Heritage Act
2020-09-23 9:25:24 AM

The Province is proposing a new regulation under the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA) associated with amendments made through the  More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 .  Consultation Timeline: September 21, 2020 - November 5, 2020 (45 days) Ministry: Ministry of Heritage, Sport...





Advocacy Update: AMCTO members claim small victory towards efforts to update ...
2020-09-21 10:02:03 AM

The Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) is pleased with the Province’s  announcement  regarding the introduction of legislation that would create a single register of voters for municipal and provincial elections to take effect January 1...





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...





 
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