AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act Passes
2019-04-02 4:48:31 PM

The Ontario Government today passed Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019 . The Act will reduce regulatory burdens in 12 sectors, including agrifood, manufacturing, construction, and the auto sector. The Government says this Act also will cut business c...





AMO Launching a Municipal Cannabis Cost Survey
2019-03-28 6:01:42 PM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) is launching a Municipal Cannabis Cost Survey to monitor and evaluate the impacts of cannabis legalization. This survey will gather data on the fiscal impacts of recreational cannabis legalization, including trends in costs over...





Second Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Announced
2019-03-27 10:07:28 AM

The Ministry of Infrastructure yesterday announced that the second stream of public transit under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program will be open to “make public transit infrastructure better, safer, and more accessible.” The first intake of this stream will op...





Ontario Private Cannabis Retail Store Openings Delayed
2019-03-26 9:37:49 AM

The Ontario Government yesterday confirmed that the province's process to set up private cannabis retail stores is taking longer than predicated. Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli said that customers will have to "wait and see" which of the 25 private retailers who were granted ...





2019 Federal Budget Update
2019-03-21 1:39:07 PM

On Tuesday, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the 2019 federal budget with a projected $19.8 billion deficit.  This budget spending plan targeted the middle class and focused largely on investments in infrastructure, including affordable housing, broadband ac...





Ontario to Invest in Small and Rural Municipalities
2019-03-20 10:49:41 AM

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark today announced a one-time investment of $200 million to 405 small and rural municipalities across Ontario to improve local service delivery and efficiency. Funding will be allocated based on the number of households in a ...





AMCTO Releases Subscription Feature for Policy Blog
2019-03-19 2:51:26 PM

AMCTO is pleased to release a subscription feature for our Policy Blog which will give you up-to-date information on legislative and policy updates from Queen’s Park, as well as on matters that impact Ontario’s municipalities.  Please subscribe to our blog here . Be sur...





Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Now Accepting Applications
2019-03-18 1:21:44 PM

The Ontario Government today opened its online portal for applications for the Rural and Northern stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program . It is open to approximately 500 Ontario communities with populations under 100,000. Those communities have eight weeks...





2019 OMPF Funding Allocations Announced
2019-03-15 11:18:55 AM

The Ministry of Finance yesterday issued 2019 allocation notices from the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF). The total funding envelope to municipalities will decrease by $5 million to $505 million and will be distributed to 389 municipalities. OMPF funding will again...





Government Launches Local Consultations on Regional Governance Review
2019-03-14 9:28:01 AM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing yesterday announced that it is launching online consultations for residents, businesses, and stakeholders in the 82 upper-and-lower-tier municipalities included in the regional governance review. The Ministry is specifically looki...





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