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Even though municipal meetings this past year have been anything but normal, it is important to remember that open meeting requirements still apply, including providing notice of meetings to the public, maintaining meeting minutes and continuing to hold meetings that are…
The Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) has released a final report announcing its strategic priorities for 2021-2025. AMCTO participated in the IPC’s consultation on these priorities by providing a submission in January 2021.…
Yesterday Canadian Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland presented her first budget and the Federal Government’s first since the start of the pandemic: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience. …
On Friday, April 16th, the Ontario Government announced additional enforcement measures for the Province’s Stay-at-Home order while imposing new travel restrictions and further strengthening public health measures.   Both the provincial declaration…
The Minister of Transportation announced today that the Ontario Government will invest  $30 million to help 14 municipalities repair roads and bridges through the Connecting Links Program.   Eligible costs include the design, construction…
The Ontario government announced today that it is declaring a third provincial emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. A province-wide Stay-at-Home order has been…
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…
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