AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Callout for Candidates for MPAC's Board of Directors
2019-11-05 2:39:29 PM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) is taking expressions of interest from eligible individuals to be nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). Interested candidates are to submit an application by Fr...





Investigation Shows High Levels of Lead Contamination in Canadian Tap Water
2019-11-04 2:43:01 PM

More than 120 journalists from nine universities and 10 media organizations have completed a year long investigation that uncovered high levels of lead contamination in Canada’s tap water due to aging and deteriorating infrastructure. While the water generally contains no lea...





Government Introduces Bill 136, Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019
2019-10-31 2:05:53 PM

The government has introduced Bill 136, Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019. If passed, it would create a new enforcement regime resulting in the toughest penalties in the country for those who violate animal welfare laws. The Bill proposes the following penalti...





Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs Moving Forward with Smart City Project
2019-10-31 2:01:29 PM

Following a vote by its Board of Directors yesterday, Waterfront Toronto has come to an agreement (or Statement of Principles as it is sometimes referred to as) with Sidewalk Labs to continue with the smart city development project on the city’s eastern waterfront. Had no agr...





Government Introduces Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act
2019-10-30 5:54:33 PM

The government has introduced Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act , 2019,  which aims to simplify and modernize regulations to lower the costs of doing business and make it easier to interact with the government. There are a total of 80 proposed changes...





Attorney General Proposing to Extend Hours of Alcohol Sale and Service in Air...
2019-10-29 9:27:54 AM

Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General is proposing a change to Regulation 719 of the Liquor License Act to allow alcohol to be sold and served at licensed establishments in the post-security area of certain airports 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The current hou...





Queen’s Park Resumes After Summer Break
2019-10-28 9:41:59 AM

MPPs today returned to Queen’s Park after a five-month summer break. Last week, House Leader Paul Calandra outlined the government’s legislative priorities for the next legislative session that is scheduled to go until December 12 th . Calandra says the government will be ...





Ontario Opens up Funding Applications for Green Infrastructure Stream
2019-10-25 3:06:51 PM

The Ontario government on Monday will open the fourth and final Green Infrastructure stream under the federal Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). Communities in Ontario with populations under 100,000 can apply for funding to hep them rehabilitate infrastruc...





AMCTO Win: Voters’ List and Regional Governance Review
2019-10-25 2:18:13 PM

AMCTO is pleased that the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark, addressed two of AMCTO’s policy priorities during his address at AMO’s Fall Policy Forum today:   Voters’ List Regional Governance Review 1)  Minister Clark annou...





2020 OMPF Allocations Issued
2019-10-24 2:34:43 PM

The Ministry of Finance today issued 2020’s Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) allocations. As previously reported, this year’s funding envelope to municipal governments would decrease by $5 million to $500 million. The $500 million will be distributed 389 municipali...





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