AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Government Announces Infrastructure Funding Program
2019-03-13 11:59:53 AM

The Ministry of Infrastructure yesterday announced an infrastructure funding program which the Government said will “help create and protect good jobs across the province.” Falling under the federal government’s  Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and signed by the p...





AMCTO Supports AMO's Position on the Construction Act
2019-03-12 3:57:59 PM

AMCTO is lending its support to the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) regarding concerns municipal governments have with the recently amended Construction Act and its force date of October 1, 2019.  AMCTO is providing a letter of support to the Ministry of th...





AMCTO Supports MFOA's Positions on Development Charges
2019-03-12 1:32:31 PM

AMCTO is lending its support to the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario's (MFOA) recommendations to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing regarding the risk of reduced development charge revenues for local governments.  As the association has historic...





ESA to Offer Webinar on Risk-Based Oversight
2019-03-11 11:45:16 AM

The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), the body responsible for the oversight of electrical work in Ontario, is offering a webinar on the transition to a Risk-Based Oversight (RBO) approach.   RBO will use risk criteria to determine what wiring work requires a site visit, ...





Ontario Budget to be Released on April 11
2019-03-07 1:26:51 PM

Finance Minister Vic Fedeli this morning announced that Premier Doug Ford’s first Ontario budget will be released on Thursday, April 11.  Fedeli outlined this budget as a “plan to return the province to balance in a responsible manner and protect what matters most, preserv...





Kingston Declares Climate Emergency
2019-03-07 9:11:44 AM

Kingston is the first municipality in Ontario to unanimously pass a motion declaring a climate emergency within its city limits on Tuesday. Although the motion is symbolic in nature, declaring a climate emergency will help the city name, frame, and deepen its commitment to pro...





Free Behavioural Insights Workshop
2019-03-05 10:44:53 AM

The Policy Innovation Initiative is hosting a free workshop led by Ontario’s TBS’s Behavioural Insights Unit which will teach policymakers how to apply cost-effective behavioural science to policymaking.   The workshop will take place on Wednesday March 13 from 12pm to 2p...





AMCTO Submits Feedback on Proposed Reforms to Commissioners and Notaries
2019-02-28 10:12:55 AM

AMCTO has submitted feedback to the Ministry of the Attorney General regarding the consultation around the proposed amendments to the system of appointments for notaries public and commissioners for taking affidavits.  The Attorney General is responsible for appointing com...





AMCTO Releases ‘Issue At A Glance’ Series
2019-02-21 2:02:40 PM

AMCTO is pleased to announce its new series, ‘Issue at a Glance’. The Issue at a Glance will be a series of briefing notes that seeks to provide local government professionals with quick and digestible information on a range of key policy matters.  The first issue looks at ...





OMERS SC Finalizes Plan Amendments
2019-02-20 9:33:54 AM

The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) Sponsors Corporation (SC) on February 15 amended its Comprehensive Plan Review which reflects two changes effective January 1, 2021: Eliminate the 35-year cap for credited service Option to negotiate NRA 60 for pa...





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