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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…
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…
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…
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