AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Government Passes Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act
2019-12-12 1:40:06 PM

The Ontario government has passed Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act , which the government says will make it easier to interact with the government, eliminate red tape, and modernize regulations. The changes will affects Acts from 14 different Ministries....





Government Passes Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act
2019-12-11 10:01:35 AM

The Ontario government has passed Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, which legislates promises made in the government’s 2019 Fall Economic Statement (FES). Promises made in the FES include reducing the corporate income tax rate from 3.5% to 3.2% and reducing the ...





Auditor General Releases 2019 Annual Report
2019-12-06 8:55:30 AM

Ontario’s Auditor General, Bonnie Lysyk, released her 2019 Annual Report, which details value-for-money audits across a number of programs and practices as specified in the Auditor General Act . The objective of the audit is to “obtain reasonable assurance that the statement...





Municipal Enforcement of School Speed Limits Through Photo Radar Now In Effect
2019-12-04 10:04:42 AM

As of December 1 st , Ontario’s municipal governments can choose to enforce speed limits in school and community safety zones through the use of automated speed enforcement (ASE) technology. ASE technology, or more commonly referred to as photo radar, will be governed by a...





FCM Releases Recommendations for Federal Government’s First 100 Days
2019-11-29 11:08:44 AM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have released a report, Building Ontario Together , with recommendations for the new federal government’s first 100 days. The recommendations involve federal-municipal engagement in 15 policy areas, including: Stren...





AMCTO Submits Comments on Proposed Repeal of the Line Fences Act in Bill 132
2019-11-29 10:10:06 AM

AMCTO has submitted comments to the Standing Committee on General Government on the proposed repeal of the Line Fences Act in Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act. The repeal would take effect two years after the Bill receives Royal Assent. We have exp...





Province Announces Five Year E-Scooter Pilot Project
2019-11-27 11:55:13 AM

The Ontario Government has announced a five year e-scooter pilot project that will begin on January 1 st , 2020. Following a two-week consultation period, the five year pilot is launched within a framework of rules and requirements, such as helmet requirements and a maximum s...





AMCTO Submits Comments on Proposed Building Code Amendments
2019-11-26 3:56:36 PM

AMCTO has submitted comments to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on the proposed amendments to Ontario’s Building Code Services. We have expressed concerns with the proposed creation of the administrative authority and its wider financial implications for Onta...





Ontario Retail Cannabis Stores to Move to Open Market System Instead of Lottery
2019-11-22 11:25:35 AM

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that the province’s cannabis retail stores will be opened up to the market and move away from its initial lottery system. While Premier Ford did not specify how many stores will be opened, he did indicate they will open in the New Year. ...





Treasury Board Announces Transfer Payment Consolidation Smart Initiative
2019-11-22 9:59:00 AM

Ontario's Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy announced the Transfer Payment Consolidation Smart Initiative, which the government says will reduce administrative costs, increase value for money, enhance client experience and improve service outcomes. This initiativ...





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