AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Government Assembles Team for Economic Recovery Post-COVID19
2020-04-09 2:32:17 PM

Premier Ford has today announced the creation of an Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee, which will focus on reviving the province’s economy in preparation of a post-COVID19 world. Specifically, the committee will develop an economic growth stimulus and job-creation plan once...





Noise By-Laws Temporarily Limited to Allow Essential Construction Projects to...
2020-04-09 10:41:44 AM

The Ontario government has extended construction hours for essential construction projects, such as projects related to the health care sector amid COVID-19, to 24 hours a day. With this, the government has passed O. Reg 131/20, which limits Section 451.1 of the Municipal...





Ontario Registrar General Permits Temporary Measures for Burial Permit Issuance
2020-04-07 1:50:24 PM

The Ontario Registrar General (ORG) has temporarily permitted the electronic transfer or faxing of death registration documents amid COVID-19 and allow municipalities to safely issue burial permits. Below is a summary of the changes: Regulation 1094 of the Vital ...





Government Deferring Provincial Land Tax Payments for 90 Days
2020-04-06 2:46:12 PM

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ontario government is deferring $15 million in property taxes for people and businesses in certain parts of Northern Ontario that are outside municipal boundaries. This would allow taxpayers in unincorporated areas an extra 90 days to pay the...





Ontario Health Privacy Protections Contained in Bill 188
2020-04-03 2:40:23 PM

Last week, the government passed Bill 188, the Economic and Fiscal Outlook Act, which largely focuses on supporting Ontario’s health care system, economy, and people amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Bill, however, also includes amendments to the Freedom of Informatio...





Line Fences Act Now Administered by Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural A...
2020-04-01 12:16:31 PM

Effective today, the Line Fences Act will be administered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Taking authority of the Act from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH), OMAFRA is tasked with supporting agriculture and rural affair...





Premier Ford To Extend State of Emergency
2020-03-30 2:40:00 PM

Amid COVID-19, Ontario Premier Ford today announced he will extend Ontario’s state of emergency for another two weeks after the current order expires tomorrow. The current emergency order prohibits organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people. Org...





OMERS 2020 Plan Review Update
2020-03-27 11:30:04 AM

Amid COVID-19, the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) is continuing with its 2020 plan review process. Based on the latest review, there are two plan changes currently being considered: Remove the current eligibility rules so that non full time emp...





AGCO Temporarily Allowing Liquor Licensees to Sell Alcohol with Takeout or De...
2020-03-26 1:18:19 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has amended Regulation 719: Licenses to Sell Liquor under the Liquor License Act to temporarily allow liquor sales licensees to sell beer, wine and spirits as part of a food order for takeout or delivery. This is effective...





Ontario Releases 2020 Fiscal Update
2020-03-25 7:27:32 PM

This afternoon, Finance Minister Rod Phillips released the provincial government’s 2020 fiscal update, Ontario’s Action Plan 2020: Responding to COVID-19. The fiscal update totals $17 billion that will go to support the healthcare system, the economy, and Ontarians amid th...





 
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