AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
FCM Launches New Staff Salary Granting Program
2018-04-09 2:34:56 PM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), in partnership with the Government of Canada, has launched a new funding program that will provide grants for municipalities to hire staff working on climate change. Specifically, the program will provide grants of up to $125,0...

Updated Election Forms and Guides Now Available
2018-04-05 1:51:06 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has released updated election forms and candidates and voters' guides. The updated guides can be found on the Ministry's election website , while update election forms can be found in the government's central forms repository . 

AMCTO Releases New Research on Municipal Council Compensation
2018-04-04 3:05:53 PM

AMCTO is pleased to release its latest research Report on Municipal Council Compensation in Ontario. The research stems from a survey of municipaliteis that was designed to gain a better understanding of how municipalities compensate their councils, create a resource for munic...

2018 Provincial Budget Update
2018-03-28 5:15:58 PM

This afternoon Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered Ontario’s 2018 budget,  A Plan for Care and Opportunity . This year’s budget, which comes just over two months before the 2018 provincial election, is full of new spending commitments in human services, health, and child...

Applications Open for Community Environment Fund
2018-03-27 4:59:42 PM

Applications are now open for funding under the Ontario Community Environment Fund (OECP). The OECP offers up to $133,000 in funding across nine watersheds throughout the province for projects that restore and protect affected watersheds. Since 2010, OCEF has disbursed close ...

Accessibility Committee Seeking Feedback on Employment Standards
2018-03-27 4:25:28 PM

The Accessible Employment Standards Review Committee is conducting a survey on its recommended changes to the accessible employment standards. The accessible employment standards are a set of requirements designed to help make employment more accessible to people with disabil...

Final OMB/LPAT Regulations Posted
2018-03-26 2:18:12 PM

The government has posted the final regulations for the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), the body that will replace the Ontario Municipal Board. You can view these regulations here .  For more:  Proposed OMB Reform Regulations Posted

Speech from the Throne Update
2018-03-20 11:32:31 AM

Yesterday Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell delivered a Speech from the Throne, laying out of the government's priorities for final few months of the current sitting of the legislature. In its throne speech the government identified a number of priorities th...

Canada and Ontario Sign Infrastructure Agreement
2018-03-15 3:08:55 PM

Yesterday the Government of Canada and the province of Ontario signed a funding agreement for billions of dollars in federal infrastructure funding over the next 10 years. The Bilateral Framework Agreement (IBA) signed yesterday by the federal and provincial Ministers of Infr...

Prudent Investor Regulation Finalized
2018-03-12 2:24:17 PM

The government has finalized the regulations that will enable to municipalities to use the prudent investor standard for investments. The regulation will allow qualifying municipalities to abandon the "legal list" of of eligible investments and invest in any security that is ...

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