AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
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...

MPAC Offers One-Time Deferred Payment Option
2020-04-23 9:48:47 AM

Below is an extract from the correspondence sent by MPAC President & CEO Nicole McNeill. Earlier this month billing partners received the Q2 levy invoice for services to be rendered for the period April – June, due May 1st. Since that time, we have consulted with municipal...

Staff Reassignment Authority
2020-04-21 8:41:26 AM

Last week, the government through an order O. Reg. 157/20 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) will provide municipal government with the flexibility for redeployment and other measures during the COVID19 period that includes child care, social ass...

IMFG and FCM Partner on Tax Deferral Resource for Municipalities
2020-04-20 9:00:15 AM

Last week, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance partnered to develop a resource that seeks to assist municipalities in providing financial relief to citizens and local businesses in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  ...

Policy Blog - Service Slowdown
2020-04-14 8:10:00 AM

Good morning,  First off, we thank you all for your regular review and reading of the AMCTO Policy Blog.  It is always a pleasure to provide content for our members and friends in the sector.     However, due to some staffing challenges in these testing times; we want to ...

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