AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Ontario Government Announces Plans for COVID-19
2020-03-12 2:04:28 PM

In response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases both in Canada and internationally, the Ontario government has launched a response strategy to contain the outbreak. In addition to this, the government has announced $100 million to be funded towards containment efforts....





AGCO Creates Options for Charities to Seed or Guarantee Prizes
2020-03-11 3:19:43 PM

According to their Info Bulletin No.97, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) have now given Ontario charities to seed or guarantee prizes for electronic and paper-based Catch the Ace progressive raffles. Prior to this, seeding and prize guarantees were only available for ...





PM Trudeau Announces $1 Billion Fund to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
2020-03-11 11:27:07 AM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced a one billion dollar fund that will help address the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Canada and prevent its spread. Half of the money announced will go to provinces and territories. Highlights of the COVID-19 response fund ...





Ontario Releases Strategy for Flooding Preparedness
2020-03-11 9:31:29 AM

The government has released a strategy to better prepare Ontario for flooding events based on the 2019 flood management report by Special Advisor Doug McNeil. His report detailed the cause of the 2019 floods and included 65 recommendations on how the government can improve ma...





Ontario Releases New Strategy on Human Trafficking
2020-03-06 2:43:43 PM

Premier Doug Ford, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues Jill Dunlop, and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones announced a five year anti-human trafficking and child sexual exploitation strategy. Legislative and regulatory changes will be looked at by the province as...





Line Fences Act to be Administered by Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural...
2020-03-05 10:07:17 AM

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) will replace the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to now administer the Line Fences Act. The Line Fences Act was initially proposed to be repealed in Bill 132 but following consultations and a review...





Ontario Budget To Be Released on March 25
2020-03-04 9:57:45 AM

Minister of Finance Rod Phillips today announced the 2020 provincial budget will be released on Wednesday, March 25 th . Minister Phillips said the budget will continue to move in a direction that will balance the deficit by 2023-24. In January, AMCTO submitted its 2020...





Ontario Investing $8 Million Towards Municipal Service Review
2020-03-02 4:53:12 PM

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark, yesterday announced the government is investing up to $8.1 million to help 115 small and rural municipalities find ways to better deliver municipal services. The investment will be distributed through the Municipa...





Government Proposes Regulations Relating to Community Benefits Authority
2020-03-02 11:17:53 AM

Last week, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark announced consultations on the proposed regulations relating to the Community Benefits Authority. The proposals are made under the Planning Act, the Development Charges Act, and the Building Code Act. ...





Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Announces Updated Provincial Policy...
2020-02-28 12:41:47 PM

Following consultations with municipalities, stakeholders and the public, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark today announced the updated Provincial Policy Statement (PPS). The updated PPS will come into effect on May 1 st , 2020 and is issued under the auth...





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