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The Provincial Government has announced that Julie Sawchuk has accepted an invitation to be the chair of the Standards Development Committee that will lead the Province’s review of the Design of Public Spaces accessibility standards for outdoor spaces. The committee will review…
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has released their vision for Canada’s recovery with recommendations for the 44th Parliament. The document, Partners for Canada’s Recovery, offers non-partisan local solutions to tackle some of Canada’s biggest challenges…
As first announced in the 2021 Fall Economic Statement, the Province is providing an additional $1 billion over the next five years for the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) as part of their plan to support economic recovery, growth and job creation…
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has announced two new gaming opportunities as part of the Government’s effort to support community initiatives: a Progressive Jackpot Raffle and A Social Gaming Licence. Progressive Jackpot Raffle The Government is introducing…
To address inefficiencies in the current manual-based death registration process, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) is working on a new Electronic Death Registration (EDR) system. The changes introduced by the new system will impact all user groups…
In a new paper for the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) and The Urban Project, the late Richard M. Bird and Enid Slack review the current state of provincial-municipal equalization transfers in Canada and suggest ways to improve their design.…
As you may recall, in the 2020 Ontario Budget, the Province announced a new optional small business property subclass. Amendments were filed on May 7, 2021 to O. Reg. 282/98 under the Assessment Act, O. Reg. 73/03 under the Municipal Act, 2001…
During his remarks to the Empire Club on Thursday November 25th, Minister Clark announced that he and Premier Ford will host a provincial-municipal housing summit for Ontario’s Big City Mayors and Regional Chairs. The summit, taking place on December 16th, will aim to identify…
The new federal Parliament resumed officially today with the Speech From the Throne. It was the first Throne Speech delivered by Governor General Mary Simon since she was installed this past summer. The Speech focused on several themes: Health; Economy; Climate action; Safter…
The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow has come and gone, and as always there are potential impacts for the municipal sector. Many experts have regarded COP26 with unique urgency and as the most important COP since COP21 in Paris…
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