AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Budget Update: Conservation Authorities
2019-04-29 11:31:31 AM

Conservation Authorities (CA) will have their $7.4 million transfer payment from the Hazard Program cut by half. CA forecastes flooding and issues warnings, monitors stream flow, regulates development activities in flood plans, educates the public about flooding, and protects...





Budget Update: Public Health
2019-04-26 11:20:58 AM

There are a number of items in the province’s recently released budget, Protecting What Matters Most , that will have direct fiscal implications for Ontario’s local governments with some taking immediate effect. Over the next few weeks, AMCTO will spotlight specific budget...





OPP Warns Municipalities About Ransomware
2019-04-23 9:42:07 AM

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is once again warning municipalities about a recent string of ransomware attacks on businesses and local government offices in Ontario.  A ransomware attack involving a hack or a virus occurs when a cybercriminal infects a victim’s compu...





AMCTO Advocacy Win: Elections Ontario Recommends Changes to the Voters' List
2019-04-18 11:27:49 AM

AMCTO has released the following statement in response to the Elections Ontario's report on fixing the voters list:  AMCTO today applauded the report tabled by Ontario's Chief Electoral Officer, Greg Essensa, Modernizing Ontario's Electoral Process , which includes 13 t...





2019 Provincial Budget Update
2019-04-15 11:42:49 AM

On Thursday afternoon, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli delivered Ontario’s 2019 budget, Protecting What Matters Most . This year’s budget – the government’s first since taking office in 2018 – is focused on fiscal management and a plan to return the province’s books to balance a...





Government Announces a Nearly $30 Billion GTA Transit Plan
2019-04-10 12:04:00 PM

Premier Ford and Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek today announced a $26.7 billion public transit expansion plan that involves four GTA projects with the following cost projections:  Ontario Line (formerly the Downtown Relief Line): $10.9 billion Scarborough subway: $5....





Federal Government Investing in Toronto's Social Housing
2019-04-08 10:33:19 AM

Prime Minister Trudeau on Friday announced a federal investment of $1.3 billion to Toronto Community Housing (TCH) that will help fix 58,000 units over a 10 year period. Renovations are set to begin this spring.  $810 million of the federal money will be given as a loan ...





Regional Governance Implications for Region of Peel Released by Deloitte
2019-04-04 1:40:50 PM

At the request of the Region of Peel and in light of the ongoing regional governance review, Deloitte undertook a report to examine the financial implications of changing the current two-tiered municipal government model which makes up the Region of Peel.  The report loo...





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...





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