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The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) has introduced five new Interpretation Bulletins. The new Interpretation Bulletins provide insights into how the IPC and the courts have interpreted sections of the Freedom of Information and Protection and…
On September 18th, Premier Ford and Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow agreed to establish a new-deal working group with a mandate to achieve long-term stability and sustainability of Toronto’s finances. The working group will be made of up public servants from provincial ministries and…
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Paul Calandra has written to the Standing Committee on Heritage, Infrastructure and Cultural Policy to request that they consider taking on the work of assessing regional government structures in Durham, Halton, Niagara, Simcoe, Waterloo…
Following the resignation of Steve Clark from Cabinet on September 4, Premier Ford has appointed Paul Calandra as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Minister Calandra has represented Markham-Stouffville since the 2018 general election. He has served as Government House…
We were pleased to be back in the City of London this year taking part in the 2023 AMO conference. Between engaging with delegates at the tradeshow, meeting with provincial representatives at delegations meetings, participating in a panel presentation, and attending sessions and…
During his speech at the 2023 AMO conference, Premier Ford announced the Building Faster Fund, a new three-year $1.2 billion program that provides funding to municipalities based on housing starts.   The Building Faster Fund will provide $400 million in funding per year for…
The Ministry of the Solicitor General is requesting public and stakeholder input on a proposed regulation related to the amounts payable by municipalities for policing from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). Subsection 64(1) of the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 as…
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will permit liquor sales licensees to extend their hours of sale and service during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 taking place in Australia and New Zealand. Liquor sale licensees will be permitted to extend their hours of…
The Government is seeking feedback on its proposed approach for regulations under the Building Ontario Businesses Initiative Act, 2022. Under the Building Ontario Businesses Initiative Act, 2022, which received Royal Assent in March 2022 but has not yet been proclaimed, public…
This post highlights a regulatory proposal from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing As announced on Friday, the Government is expanding strong mayor powers and duties to 26 additional municipalities in Ontario. To make this change, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and…
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