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Under the Seniors Active Living Centres Act, 2017 (SALCA) Consultation Timeline: February 5, 2024 – March 22, 2024 (46 days) Ministry: Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility The Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility is seeking input on a proposed regulation to add organizations…
We were pleased to be back in the City of Toronto earlier this week to take part in the 2024 ROMA conference. Throughout the conference, we had the opportunity to learn more about important work going on in the sector and hear directly from subject-matter experts and government…
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has launched a survey to help inform the development of a modular housing strategy. The survey asks for input about challenges and opportunities related to housing innovation including those related to municipal bylaws, the building…
Before the Christmas holidays, the Province released the final report of the 4th Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As this is the final review ahead of the 2025 timeline for an accessible Ontario, the report is written as a call…
Several regulatory and legislative changes came into effect as of January 1, 2024. Some of the changes most relevant to municipalities include: Ministry of Education A new regulation under the Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act is enacted with the intention of streamlining…
Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, certain organizations are required to complete an accessibility compliance report. For designated public sector organizations, including municipalities, an accessibility compliance report is required every two years.…
Municipalities are facing several challenges and pressures impacting operations, administration, and financial health. Of those, liability is a significant one. Increasing municipal liability could result in increased municipal insurance rates and make it more difficult for…
The Digital Governance Standards Institute has launched a public review of its draft standard for municipal online voting. The draft standard specifies technical design requirements for online voting services and best practices for election administrators who are implementing…
Back in September, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow announced a new-deal working group with a mandate to achieve long-term stability and sustainability of Toronto’s finances. Following 10 weeks of working group discussions, the Government of Ontario and…
As announced at the 2023 AMO Conference, the Government has added 18 municipalities to O. Reg. 530/22, which identifies municipalities with heads of council that have strong mayor powers.   The following municipalities are now designated for the purpose of section 284.2 of the…
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