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The Ontario government announced today that they are imposing a province-wide emergency brake as a result of a surge in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province. The brake will take effect as of April 3rd at 12:01am. As a result,  …
Today Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board Peter Bethlenfalvy presented his first Budget and the Government’s second during the pandemic: Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy. Overview The 2021 Budget has two core…
As a follow up to their memo sent on February 8, 2021, the Ontario Registrar General (ORG) sent a memo on March 17, 2021 to Ontario Marriage Licence Issuers. Validity Period The second province-wide emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act declared…
There is some good news to share on Asset Management Plan (AMP) timelines! The Ministry of Infrastructure has filed regulations to extend the deadlines for municipalities by one year. Planning timelines are now: July 1, 2022 – plans are required for core municipal…
Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy, announced today that he would be tabling the provincial budget on Wednesday March 24th 2021.  This will be the first budget delivered by the Minister Bethlenfalvy since taking on the…
The Supreme Court of Canada has set a March 16th hearing date for the City of Toronto's appeal related to the City of Toronto et al v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2018 ONSC 5151 and subsequent appeal in Toronto (City) v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2019 ONCA 732…
Catching up on some news from this week: On March 1st 2021, the Province announced additional dollars towards the Audit and Accountability Fund. As you know, this Fund is to help large municipalities find better and more efficient ways to operate and save taxpayers' dollars.…
On March 4th 2021, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark and Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy announced $500 million to support operating pressures faced by 444 municipalities as a result of COVID-19 in 2021.…
On March 4th 2021, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark and Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy announced $500 million to support operating pressures faced by 444 municipalities as a result of COVID-19 in 2021.…
On February 25th, Minister Doug Downey introduced Bill 254: Protecting Ontario Elections Act. While the bill proposes a number of changes to processes and rules for Provincial elections, it would also make amendments to the Municipal Elections Act…
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