AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
OMERS Plan Changes
2020-06-24 4:27:09 PM

And...we are back!   We are gearing up to be a bit more regular in the next while, so bear with us!    In the meantime, we would like to share some news from our friends at OMERS.   As part of their 2020 Plan Review, the OMERS Sponsors Corporation Board made severa...

Open Call - COVID-19 Resource
2020-05-19 8:31:55 AM

Open Call is a cross-sector collaboration between the Canadian Digital Service, the Canada School of Public Service, and the nonprofit team at Code for Canada . This is an immediately available resource for municipalities today. Together, they have curated a catalogue of...

Ontario Building Code - Permits and Inspections to Continue
2020-05-14 9:40:43 AM

Earlier this week on May 11th, 2020, amendments were made to Ontario’s Building Code under O.Reg 209/20 . . This amendment requires that municipal building officials must continue to review permit applications and conduct inspections for all construction projects. This re...

Ontario Funding 2020-21 Connecting Links Projects in 24 Municipalities
2020-05-12 8:30:36 AM

The 2020-21 Connecting Links program will support 24 municipalities across the province to help them build, repair or replace municipal roads and bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing. More specifically, these munici...

Province Looking to Collect Enforcement Data on Emergency Orders
2020-05-11 9:02:30 AM

Background Following a letter to Heads of Councils from the Solicitor General and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on March 27, 2020, the following personnel can be designated as provincial offences officers for enforcing orders under the EMCPA: All persons...

Appended Regulation Under Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act
2020-05-04 12:15:14 PM

With the Province passing an appended regulation to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act on Friday. It is now providing the formal authorization for Registered Nurses to sign medical certificates of death. This is pertinent information for a suite of municipal st...

Framework for Reopening the Province Released
2020-04-30 10:33:02 AM

Several days ago, Premier Ford presented an initial framework for reopening the Province . The three-stage plan stresses a “gradual” approach and does not reference any specific dates or priority sectors. Instead, it aimed to provide a high-level look at the criteria for whe...

Pandemic Pay to Include More Workers
2020-04-29 3:45:47 PM

Yesterday, both Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy and Minister Christine Elliott have confirmed that the pandemic pay announced over the weekend will now be extended to additional workers.  The extension will now include: Respiratory therapists, Mental health and addiction...

AGCO Update for Charitable Lotteries
2020-04-28 12:03:21 PM

The AGCO has provided a recent update to how it is supporting the charitable sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.  As part of this, they have published a second notice around these changes.  It is worth noting a temporary change has been made that permits the sale of Break...

FCM Seeks Emergency Funding for Municipalities
2020-04-27 2:13:42 PM

As municipalities across Canada continue to suffer from declining revenues and without the ability to run any deficits, the municipal sector nationally is facing a financial crisis. On April 17 th , 2020 FCM released its report titled “ Protecting Vital Municipal Services ” an...

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