AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Government Implements Measures for Long-Term Care Homes Against COVID-19
2020-03-24 11:56:17 AM

The Ontario government has announced temporary measures to prevent and alleviate the outbreak of COVID-19. With this, the government has provided $50 million of emergency funding to the long-term care home sector effective immediately.  Implemented under the current provin...

Ontario Providing COVID-19 Support to Municipalities
2020-03-23 5:03:37 PM

The Ontario government has announced $200 million in COVID-19 relief funding for the province’s municipalities and social service providers. This includes shelters, food banks, emergency services, charities and non-profits. The consolidated Municipal Service Managers (CMMs...

Temporary Suspension of Noise By-Law Regulations Now Posted
2020-03-20 3:17:48 PM

O. Reg 70/20 (under the Municipal Act) and O. Reg 71/20 (under the City of Toronto Act) will temporarily suspend municipal noise by-laws to allow the grocery deliveries 24 hours a day and ensure Ontario’s supply chain is intact.  The government also passed Bill 187 which a...

AGCO Notifying Municipalities of Charitable Lotteries During COVID-19
2020-03-20 2:20:41 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is responding to requests from municipalities about pausing raffle draws and events amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The AGCO are working to be flexible in the application of the Terms and Conditions attached to current lotter...

Additional Information on Bill 187, the Municipal Emergency Act
2020-03-20 10:37:18 AM

In an emergency sitting yesterday, the provincial government unanimously passed Bill 187, the Municipal Emergency Act.   The Bill will provide municipalities the option to allow Councils, committees, and certain local boards to meet in open and closed meeting electronica...

Government Passes Legislation to Allow Councils to Meet Electronically
2020-03-19 2:44:26 PM

Amid the COVID19 outbreak, the Ontario Legislature met today in an emergency sitting and passed Bill 187, the Municipal Emergency Act, which amends the Municipal Act and City of Toronto Act to allow municipalities to meet electronically in times of emergency.  Passed unan...

Federal Government Announces $82 Billion Economic Package
2020-03-18 3:27:17 PM

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced a $82 billion economic package to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian economy and people. The package represents more than 3% of Canada’s GDP and said the spending will not drive the country into reces...

Premier Ford Declares State of Emergency in Ontario
2020-03-17 9:26:42 AM

This morning, Premier Ford has declared a state of emergency as Ontario tries to slow the spread of COVID-19. With this, public events of over 50 people will be banned until March 31 st – this includes parades, events and service. All facilities providing indoor recreatio...

Ontario Budget to be Postponed
2020-03-16 12:03:32 PM

In light of the global COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips today announced that the provincial budget, which was slated to be released on March 25th ,  will be postponed. An economic and fiscal outlook for 2020 will instead be released and be based on cur...

Funding from Ontario’s Gas Tax Program Announced
2020-03-12 3:38:37 PM

Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney has announced that 111 Ontario municipalities will receive $365.3 million to invest in local transit through the Gas Tax Program. The Gas Tax Program is a long-term source of transit funding for municipalities and is determined ...

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