AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Private Members’ Bill from Queen's Park
2020-02-27 11:41:46 AM

Below is a summary of Private Members’ Bills from Queen’s Park that may be of relevance to Ontario’s local governments. It is worth noting that private members’ bill often do not receive Third Reading and Royal Assent.  LAST UPDATED: April 3rd, 2020 Bill 75 , 9-1-1 Ev...





IMFG Releases Paper on Municipal Law Powers Across Canada
2020-02-27 10:24:07 AM

The Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance (IMFG) has released a paper analyzing the similarities and variations in municipal law across Canada’s provinces. Authors Zack Taylor and Alec Dobson identify how the provincial-municipal relationship is articulated, municipa...





Government Introduces Bill 171, Building Transit Faster Act
2020-02-25 4:44:20 PM

The Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney, last week introduced Bill 171, Building Transit Faster Act, 2020 . The government says the bill will speed up the construction of the Ontario Line, the Scarborough Subway Extension, the Yonge Subway Extension, and the Eglint...





Minister Clark Announces Service Delivery Modernization Investment
2020-02-24 3:05:19 PM

Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark, announced yesterday that up to $3.9 million will be invested to help 42 small and rural municipalities modernize service delivery. Provided through the Municipal Modernization Program, Minister Clark says the f...





Ontario to Contract Out Employment Services Managers
2020-02-20 5:41:29 PM

The provincial government is continuing to reform the employment services system by contracting out service system managers for the three regions currently piloting the new model. The government says this approach will create an efficient employment service to meet the nee...





Proposals to Amend Standards and Regulation under the Aggregate Resources Act
2020-02-19 11:47:43 AM

As a result of recent changes in Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019, the Ontario government is proposing regulatory changes under the Aggregate Resources Act and its Provincial Standards. The government says these changes are proposed to modern...





Waterfront Toronto Delays Approval on Smart City Project
2020-02-17 6:18:08 PM

The Board of Directors of Waterfront Toronto have voted to delay the deadline decision on the Sidewalk Labs’ smart city from March 31 st to May 20 th . Waterfront Toronto has said the delay was to allow the public to more time to provide feedback on the project. Sidewalks...





Ontario Consulting on Poverty Reduction Strategy
2020-02-17 4:47:08 PM

The Ontario government has opened consultations on the province’s next poverty reduction strategy. Organizations and individuals are able to provide their input by writing to prso@ontario.ca or by completing an online survey. The survey is open until March 30 th and ...





Ontario Launches Consultations on Cannabis Business Opportunities
2020-02-10 3:26:05 PM

Ontario's Attorney General, Doug Downey, yesterday announced online consultations to help inform potential new cannabis-related business opportunities in the province.   The government is specifically seeking feedback on the facilitation the sale of cannabis for consumptio...





Government Moving Forward with Transit-Oriented Communities Strategy
2020-02-10 11:20:36 AM

Through the development of four new rapid transit lines, the government is working through its ‘transit-oriented communities’ strategy that will intensify development around major transit station areas in the Greater Toronto Area. Minister Clark has described the developme...





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