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The 2022 AMO conference was back in-person this year and we were pleased to participate in the three-day-long conference hosted by the City of Ottawa. Between taking part in the tradeshow, advancing our advocacy priorities at delegations meetings, and attending sessions and…
On August 10, 2022 Minister Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, introduced Bill 3: Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act. If passed, the Act would give the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa additional powers including to:  Appoint municipal CAOs and…
On July 11, 2022 the Ontario Superior Court of Justice made a decision regarding the City of Brampton’s filling of a vacancy on Council which may be of interest to other municipalities. The key issue on the application is whether the Resolution and By-law to fill the vacancy…
On Friday, June 24th, Premier Ford unveiled his new cabinet, keeping many existing members, appointing some returning caucus members to cabinet for the first time, and rewarding some of the newest MPPs. Of particular interest to AMCTO and the municipal sector are the following…
The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) released it’s 2021 Annual Report, Access and Privacy: Cornerstones of a Digital Ontario (PDF), on June 14, 2022. The report provides a snapshot of notable activities, initiatives and recommendations from the past…
The Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) has recently released: A Seat at the Table: Municipalities and Intergovernmental Relations in Canada by Tomas Hachard exploring how Canada’s intergovernmental infrastructure could be reformed to include…
The Premier has visited Lt Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and advised that parliament should be dissolved. Accepting this advice yesterday, the Lt Governor ordered that the election writs be drawn up and issued- as Steve Paikin has informed, writs are not dropped,…
The Ministry of Energy is accepting annual energy reports under O. Reg. 507/18. Reporting is for energy used in 2020 and due by July 1, 2022. Ministry hosted reporting webinars will be from 11am to 12pm on June 7 and 21. Email us for questions   
MPAC will be hosting “Enumeration Update – Product Canvassing, Data Products and Voters’ List Revisions”, a session for Clerks and Elections staff, as part of their commitment to support preparation for the upcoming 2022 municipal and school board elections. The MPAC…
Today Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy released the 2022 Budget: Ontario’s Plan to Build. The Budget has five pillars: Rebuilding Ontario’s Economy – creating jobs and building prosperity with investments across Ontario from the Ring of Fire to relocating…
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