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On March 28, 2023 the Federal Government released its 2023 Budget: A Made-in-Canada Plan: Strong Middle Class, Affordable Economy, Healthy Future. The budget is focussed on making every day life more affordable for Canadians, including measures such as a grocery rebate,…
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has made several recent lottery related changes relevant to municipalities.  Information is available at the links below: Removal of COVID-19 related additional flexibility to Terms and Conditions and Use of Proceeds for…
Applications for the 2023-24 round of Inclusive Community Grants are now open. This year the program envelope is a total of $750,000. These grants provide municipalities, non-profit organizations and Indigenous communities with up to $60,000 for local projects that will help…
The Ministry of Transportation has announced 2022-23 allocations for the gas tax program. Funding for the gas tax program is determined by the number of liters of gasoline sold in the province during the previous year. Municipalities that support public transit services in…
Under the Planning Act, 1990 Consultation Timeline: February 6, 2023 – March 8, 2023 Ministry: Municipal Affairs and Housing For further details and to comment, click here. The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing is considering a municipal data reporting regulation…
On January 27, 2023, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice issued a decision stating that municipal by-laws that prohibit people experiencing homelessness from erecting encampments could be unconstitutional if there are not appropriate shelter alternatives available.…
AMCTO was pleased to participate in the first in-person ROMA Conference since 2020! We participated in the trade show, took part in delegation meetings to advance our advocacy priorities, and attended concurrent and plenary sessions. It was great to connect with municipal…
As you'll recall, the province postponed property assessments during the COVID-19 pandemic. While this rationale was understood, continued delay is have effects on municipal finances. AMCTO and other municipal associations were disappointed that the Fall Economic Statement…
University of Guelph Professor Ryan Gibson and PhD student John Dale recently a published a new report titled, “Do more, with less: The realities of local government in rural Ontario”. The research interviewed staff and elected officials of eight rural communities in Ontario.…
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…
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