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Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Bill 218: Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020
2020-10-20 5:45:06 PM

On October 20th, 2020, the Government introduced  Bill 218:  Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020 ,   which would "provide liability protection for workers, volunteers and organizations that make an honest effort to follow public health guidelines a...





New EBR Posting: Proposal for Producers to Manage Blue Bin Programs
2020-10-19 3:03:31 PM

The Province is  proposing a new regulation  under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016  Consultation Timeline: October 19, 2020 - December 3, 2020 (45 days) Ministry: Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Further details and to comment: ...





Ontario Releases Ontario Onwards Action Plan to improve government service de...
2020-10-19 2:26:29 PM

On October 19, 2020, the Ontario government released its highly anticipated  Ontario Onwards:   Ontario's COVID-19 Action Plan for a People-Focused Government , which aims to improve government services in a way that is customer-focused, digital and data-driven. The Actio...





Regulatory Registry Posting: Limiting Municipalities from Regulating Noise
2020-10-08 10:34:03 AM

Under Bill 215, Main Street Recovery Act , 2020 Consultation Timeline: October 7 2020 - November 21 2020 (45 days) Ministry: Municipal Affairs and Housing Further details and to comment:  https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-2514    As noted in this blog post , throu...





EBR Posting Related to Bill 213
2020-10-08 9:16:53 AM

An EBR posting related to Bill 213   was posted October 6th related to a proposal to require municipal council support for new and increased bottle water takings. Under Ontario Water Resources Act and relates proposals from Bill 213 Consultation Timeline: October 6 2020 ...





Bill 215: Main Street Recovery Act, 2020
2020-10-07 4:21:56 PM

*Note: this post has been edited to make more direct links to a post on EBR consultation on matters related to this bill. On October 7 2020, the Province introduced Bill 215, Main Street Recovery Act, 2020 which forms part of Ontario’s Main Street Recovery Plan mean...





Bill 213: Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2020 (reducing regulat...
2020-10-07 3:03:00 PM

On October 6 th , the Province introduced Bill 213, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act , 2020 . Some of what is being proposed here and in accompanying regulations appears to go beyond removing regulatory roadblocks and red tape that the Government has portrayed as ...





New Resource Page: Proxy Voting For Members of Council
2020-10-06 10:27:22 AM

A few weeks back, we had some of our #MunicipalExperts take part in a #LocalGovTalks webinar. The webinar on E-Meetings and Proxy Voting discussed new amendments made to the Municipal Act, 2001 and City of Toronto Act, 2006 through Bill 197, The COVID-19 Economic Recover...





COVID-19 Update: Face Coverings and Additional Health Measures
2020-10-06 9:13:21 AM

On Friday, October 2nd, the Province announced additional measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. While a number of municipalities have mandatory mask by-laws , the Province has made amendments O. Reg 364/20  (Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under the  Reopening Ontario...





Advocacy Update: Bill 204 Receives Royal Assent - the Municipal Voters' List
2020-10-01 4:34:45 PM

Bill 204, Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act , 2020 received Royal Assent today which makes the bill law. The Act amends various other pieces of legislation to create a a single registry of electors for municipal and provincial elections. The changes take effect Ja...





 
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