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In the last sitting of the fall session, Bill 39, Better Municipal Governance Act, 2022 passed third reading and received Royal Assent. This Act amends the City of Toronto Act, 2006 and the Municipal Act, 2001 to provide that if the head of council is of the opinion that a by-…
The Province has announced that it is providing municipalities with up to $505 million through Phase 4 of the federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement to help support municipal transit systems. The funding will help municipal transit systems in 107 municipalities address costs…
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has posted a reminder that earlier this year the Government of Ontario amended regulations to permanently provide municipalities with the ability to approve temporary outdoor extensions of licensed premises like patios.…
AMCTO has made a submission to the Standing Committee on Heritage, Infrastructure and Cultural Policy regarding Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022. Our response is focused on the Bill’s impacts to municipal financial sustainability and the impacts to municipal processes…
The Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will permit liquor licensees to extend their hours of sales and service to begin at 7:00am for the duration of the FIFA World Cup 2022 (November 20 – December 18 2022). The closing service time of 2:00am will…
Yesterday, Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy released the 2022 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review – Ontario’s Plan to Build: A Progress Update. Some highlights include: Automatically matching property tax reductions for small businesses within all municipalities…
The Ontario government has announced its 2023 funding allocations under the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF). The government is maintaining the program envelope at $500 million, where it has been since 2020. AMCTO continues to advocate for stable and predictable funding…
Under the Greenbelt Act, 2005 Consultation Timeline: November 4, 2022 – December 4 2022 (30 days) Ministry: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing View further details and comments  The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is seeking feedback on proposed amendments to…
Yesterday Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, released the 2022 Fall Economic Statement, with a focus on building an economy that works for everyone. The statement outlines the government’s plan to help Canadians cope with increasing costs, make…
AMO and ClearRisk are hosting an upcoming webinar which may be of interest to your municipality: ‘A Risk & Claims Management System for Municipalities’. ClearRisk is offering AMO members an accessible, comprehensive risk and claims management system to streamline analysis…
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