AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Government Opens Applications for Rural Economic Development Program
2019-07-29 3:54:05 PM

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) today opened applications for its cost-sharing funding program, the Rural Economic Development (RED) program. The fund supports activities which create strong rural communities and the opportunity of rural e...





FCM Seeking Federal Gas Tax Fund to Permanently Double
2019-07-29 10:05:34 AM

Last week, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) called on every federal political party to commit to permanently doubling the value of the annual federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) transfer. To build off the momentum of 2019’s federal budget one-time doubling of GTF, FCM...





Ontario Provides Funding to 25 Connecting Links Projects
2019-07-25 4:05:11 PM

The Ontario government today announced that it will provide $30 million in provincial funding in 2019-20 to 25 municipal infrastructure projects through the Connecting Links Program. The funding for this year will cover up to 90% of project costs, to a maximum of $3 mill...





Ontario Announces Broadband and Cellular Plan for Rural and Remote Communities
2019-07-23 11:38:49 AM

Premier Doug Ford today announced a new plan to improve and expand service for rural and remote communities. The plan, Up to Speed: Ontario’s Broadband and Cellular Action Plan , will see an investment from the province of $315 million over five years, which the government s...





Government Proposing Changes to the Provincial Policy Statement
2019-07-22 10:48:03 AM

As directed in the government’s More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan , the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is proposing changes to the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) – a consolidated statement of the government’s policies on land use pla...





Consultations Open for Proposed Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot
2019-07-18 10:52:05 AM

Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade is proposing a regional immigration pilot that would bring skilled foreign workers to rural and smaller communities to the province in 2020. This pilot would be administered by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Pr...





MAG Opens Consultations for Joint and Several Liability
2019-07-17 10:19:38 AM

Following the announcement at the end of January at the annual Rural Ontario Municipalities Association (ROMA) by Premier Doug Ford, the Ministry of the Attorney General for Ontario has opened up consultations on joint and several liability, insurance costs, and the affect ‘li...





Government Proposes Changes to Regulations Under the Development Charges Act
2019-07-16 3:52:48 PM

Schedule 3 of the recently passed Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 makes amendments to the Development Charges Act . The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is proposing additional regulations to prescribe matters, which the government says will help red...





New Regulations Proposed Related to Community Benefits Authority
2019-07-16 9:45:06 AM

The recently passed Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 , makes various amendments to a number of Acts, including Schedule 12 of the Planning Act . Additionally, the government is proposing several regulations to prescribe matters relating to the community benef...





Ransomware Attack Hits Eastern Ontario Municipality
2019-07-11 4:01:56 PM

The municipality of The Nation, located near Casselman, Ontario was recently the victim of a malware attack on June 30 th . The municipality’s computers were accessed illegally and infected with ransomware, which rendered some of their programs, including their email system, u...





 
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