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On April 10, 2024, the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister of Legislative Affairs, Hon. Paul Calandra introduced Bill 185, Cutting Red Tape to Build More Homes Act, 2024. Presented as part of a red tape reduction package, its stated intent is to…
On Tuesday, April 2, Prime Minister Trudeau announced key measures to cut red tape, build more homes, and help communities grow as part of the upcoming 2024 federal budget.  Measures that may be of interest to our members and the municipal sector include:  An…
The Ontario Legislature returned from break on February 20, 2024, and the government moved quickly with Minister of Transportation, the Hon. Prabmeet Sarkaria introducing Bill 162, the Get It Done Act, 2024. The proposed legislation focuses on infrastructure and affordability…
On February 23, the AMCTO Board of Directors passed a resolution to support the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's (AMO) request to the Government of Ontario for a Social and Economic Prosperity Review. AMO's call for change aligns with our long-standing position…
AMCTO members are well aware of the Association’s history of advocating for strong, stable, and sustainable municipal administration that supports accountable and transparent local government, through clear roles and responsibilities. From clear roles and responsibilities for…
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…
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…
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