AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
AMCTO Participates in 2021 ROMA Conference
2021-01-27 12:46:14 PM

Another year, another ROMA conference, this time virtually. AMCTO staff were in attendance at the virtual conference with the theme Connecting Rural Ontario.   Below are a few highlights that may be of interest to our members. We even got a shout out from Lisa Thompson, Mi...





2021 Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund
2021-01-25 3:45:59 PM

During the 2021 ROMA conference today, the Premier announced a $200 million investment for the 2021 Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF). Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott also announced the funding separately.  OCIF provides funding to municipalities with pop...





Provincial Pre-Budget Consultation Launches
2021-01-18 3:33:42 PM

The Province officially launched it's 2021 Pre-Budget Submission process late Friday, January 15th. This will be the first Budget of Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy, who replaced MPP Rod Phillips who resigned from Cabinet in December...





Province Flows Gas Tax Funding
2021-01-14 2:10:22 PM

Blog edited for clarity that this is the Provincial Gas Tax Program. It's a busy news day! Ontario Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney, announced today that the Province is providing $375 million through the Gas Tax program to 109 municipalities for transit...





Province Introduces Order to Temporarily Pause Evictions
2021-01-14 10:30:58 AM

On Thursday, January 14, with the Provincial Stay-at-Home Order now in-effect , an order to temporarily pause enforcement of residential evictions was announced. The Landlord and Tenant Board will continue to hear eviction applications and issue orders, but the enforcement...





Second Provincial Declaration of Emergency
2021-01-14 10:11:57 AM

Post has been updated Thursday, January 14th to add additional instructions from the Province.  On January 12, 2021, the Province declared its second Declaration of Emergency for the COVID-19 Pandemic under s 7.0.1 (1) of the  Emergency Management and Civil Protection ...





Proposal to Modernize Occupational Health and Safety Act Regulations on Repor...
2020-12-22 10:10:30 AM

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is proposing to streamline prescribed written reporting requirements into a single regulation that would apply to all workplaces covered by the ocupational health and Safety Act (OHSA).  Consultation Period: December 1...





Minister's Annual Report on Drinking Water 2020
2020-12-22 9:47:24 AM

The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks released the 2020 Annual Report on Drinking Water. According to the ministry, 99.9 per cent of more than 523,000 tests results from municipal residential drinking water systems met Ontario's water quality standards. No...





Province-wide Shutdown Announced
2020-12-21 2:10:11 PM

In response to increased rates of COVID-19, including hospitalizations, the Province announced today that a Province-wide shutdown would take effect as of December 26th at 12:01am. As a result, the existing  COVID-19 Response Framework  will be on pause.  The lockdown will ...





Information and Privacy Commissioner Launches Consultation on Priorities
2020-12-16 1:20:23 PM

The Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) launched a consultation process to help identify what should be the IPC’s strategic priorities over the next five years. They want to know what are the most pressing access and privacy issues facing Ontarians, now and into the fu...





 
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