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The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will permit liquor sales licensees to extend their hours of sale and service during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 taking place in Australia and New Zealand. Liquor sale licensees will be permitted to extend their hours of…
The Government is seeking feedback on its proposed approach for regulations under the Building Ontario Businesses Initiative Act, 2022. Under the Building Ontario Businesses Initiative Act, 2022, which received Royal Assent in March 2022 but has not yet been proclaimed, public…
This post highlights a regulatory proposal from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing As announced on Friday, the Government is expanding strong mayor powers and duties to 26 additional municipalities in Ontario. To make this change, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and…
The Province is extending the comment period for Environmental Registry Posting 019-6813: Review of proposed policies adapted from A Place to Grow and Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) to form a new provincial planning policy instrument. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs…
You may recall that back in September 2022 the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) of Ontario issued a Transparency Challenge looking for innovative projects or programs in the areas of transparency and open government in public institutions. Now, the IPC has…
As has been widely covered,  Bill 23 More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 contained sweeping changes with financial impacts for municipalities. Multiple municipal associations, including AMCTO, flagged concerns to the Province about the impacts of these changes…
The federal public service has released its 2023-2026 Data Strategy for the Federal Public Service. The Strategy supports government-wide priorities and aims to align and shape the landscape of federal, national and international digital and data-related initiatives.…
Earlier this month, AMCTO wrote to the Minister for Natural Resources and Forestry and the Solicitor General to encourage the Province to develop a mandatory licensing regime for the keeping or use of exotic animals in captivity in the interest of public safety and to…
The Digital Governance Standards Institute, part of the Digital Governance Council (formerly CIO Strategy Council) has been developing voting technology standards in Canada. The goal of these voluntary standards is to provide a framework to promote electoral integrity and…
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) has launched a new online portal to modernize school support data collection following the legislative change to Section 16(3) of the Assessment Act, 1990 which allows MPAC to collect school support information…
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