AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
MFOA Offers Webinar on the new Construction Act
2019-07-09 1:59:38 PM

The Municipal Finance Officers' Association of Ontario (MFOA) will be hosting a webinar on the newly amended Construction Act . The Bill introduces a mandatory prompt payment regime, a mandatory fast-track dispute resolution process, and other changes that are mainly in the ...





Federal Government Ends Asylum Seeker Pilot Program
2019-07-08 11:46:08 AM

The federal government last week ended a pilot program that aimed to redirect asylum seekers away from crowded shelters in Montreal and Toronto. The arriving migrants would then settle in their new locations as their refugee claims were processed. The federal government argues...





Federal Government Invests to Reduce Cell Service Gaps in Eastern Ontario
2019-07-04 2:02:39 PM

The federal government today announced it will provide the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) with $71 million to strengthen mobile broadband coverage in Eastern Ontario. This funding will be provided under the Rural and Northern Infrastructure Stream of the federal gov...





Prototype Regions for New Employment Services Announced
2019-07-04 9:38:04 AM

On Tuesday the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) announced three regions that will act as prototypes for a new service delivery model for employment and training services as part of Social Assistance Reform. This new model will combine employment-relat...





Ontario Announces Next Phase of Private Retail Cannabis Stores
2019-07-03 10:31:20 AM

Ontario’s Minister of Finance, Rod Phillips, and Attorney General, Doug Downey, today announced the next phase of the province’s cannabis stores, which will authorize an additional 42 private cannabis retail stores. Similar to the first phase, the Alcohol and Gaming Commis...





FCM Offering Grants to Projects that Promote Women’s Participation in Local G...
2019-07-02 10:25:24 AM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is offering funding for local initiatives that strengthen opportunities or reduce barriers for women to participate in municipal politics and local government. Offered through FCM’s Toward Parity in Municipal Politics  progr...





Premier Ford Shuffles Cabinet
2019-06-20 2:50:20 PM

Ontario Premier Doug Ford today shuffled his cabinet – a move that has impacted several high-profile ministers. The move saw all but seven ministers move out of their positions and saw Ford's cabinet grow from 21 to 28 total ministers and associate ministers. Below is a li...





Minister Clark Addresses AMCTO Conference Delegates
2019-06-11 10:59:23 AM

AMCTO is pleased that Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) Steve Clark yesterday addressed AMCTO’s conference delegates at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario.  Below is a brief summary of Minister Clark’s address:   Reporting burden: highlight...





Ontario Government Looking to Change Recycling Program
2019-06-07 12:12:42 PM

In an effort to tackle issues relating to recycling and plastic waste, the Ontario government has appointed David Lindsay as a Special Advisor on Recycling and Plastic Waste. Mr. Lindsay will provide Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) Rod Phillips a re...





Ontario Government Passes Bill 108
2019-06-06 1:29:09 PM

The Ontario government today has passed Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice, 2019 . The Bill aims to increase affordable housing in Ontario. The Bill affects 13 Acts and has several municipal implications.  Below is a brief summary of the passed legislation. Changes made to...





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