AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
IPAC to Hold National Leadership Conference
2020-02-07 11:23:12 AM

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada's (IPAC) upcoming National Leadership Conference is designed to provide leaders, practitioners, and academics working in or with the public sector the opportunity to network and learn from experts who have successfully tackled ...





PM Trudeau Meets with Big City Mayors’ Caucus
2020-02-06 2:08:09 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland met with FCM’s (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) Big City Mayors’ Caucus yesterday in Ottawa to discuss municipal priorities ahead of the federal government’s 2020 budget. Mayors from 22 of Can...





Government Says No Extra Accessibility Funding for Small and Rural Municipali...
2020-02-04 10:33:24 AM

QP Briefing has reported that a spokesperson for the Minister of Seniors and Accessibility, Raymond Cho, in a statement said that the government will not provide additional funding for municipalities to renovate their properties to make it more accessible. This statement s...





AMCTO Prepares Burden Reduction Submission to Government
2020-02-04 9:41:31 AM

AMCTO has prepared a submission to the Ministry of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction identifying areas that pose a significant burden to Ontario's local governments. Developed with input from the association’s Legislative and Policy Advisory Committee , three areas of...





Ontario Releases Third Quarter Fiscal Report
2020-01-30 10:45:19 PM

­­­­ The Ontario government has released its 2019-20 third quarter fiscal report, which is the first report since the 2019 Fall Economic Statement. The next provincial fiscal update will be the 2020 Ontario Budget, which will occur on or before March 31 st , 2020. Highl...





City of Toronto to Collect 20 Year Old Traffic Fines in New Debt Collection S...
2020-01-29 10:42:37 AM

The City of Toronto’s Council has approved a suggestion from staff to hire two collection agencies that specialize in locating debtors with traffic fines that are more than 20 years old. City officials say that such fines could total more than $100 million. This debt colle...





Government Establishes Cross-Ministry Framework for Advancing Accessibility
2020-01-28 10:14:28 AM

Following a legislative review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in 2019 and input from stakeholders, the government has developed a new cross-ministry framework that will continue to contribute to a barrier-free Ontario. The Advancing Acces...





Paper Calls for a Review on Provincial-Municipal Responsibilities in Ontario
2020-01-27 10:36:54 AM

The IMFG, Urban Policy Lab, and Ontario 360 have released a paper, In It Together: Clarifying Provincial-Municipal Responsibilities in Ontario, on the relationship between the provincial and local levels of government. The paper argues that it is now the time to reassess and ...





Highlights from ROMA’s 2020 Annual Conference
2020-01-22 11:02:38 AM

Below is a brief summary of announcements made by the Ontario Government at the recent Rural Ontario Municipalities of Ontario (ROMA) annual conference held from January 19th to 21st. Premier Doug Ford Announced a new intake for the Rural Economic Development Pro...





Government Announces $200 Million for Small, Rural, and Northern Communities
2020-01-17 2:40:43 PM

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott today announced a $200 million investment into the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) to 424 small, rural, and northern municipalities. The funding is for core road, bridge, water, wastewater and ...





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