AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Phase 2 Safe Restart Agreement Funding
2020-12-16 12:55:07 PM

On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, the Province announced the release of the second phase of funding under the  Safe Restart Agreement . To help ensure that municipalities do not carry operating deficits into 2021, the Province in partnership with the federal government is provi...





Summary of Bills in Fall Legislative Session
2020-12-10 10:07:16 AM

It was a busy fall session for the Legislature which rose on Tuesday and won't return until February 16 2021. Below are a selection of the Government and Private Members Bills that saw some activity over the past few months which may be of interest to our members. Government...





MGCS Consultation on Cemetery Care and Maintenance Fund and Accounts Framework
2020-11-27 2:03:17 PM

There's a new  regulatory registry posting  that will be of interest to our members. MGCS has put out a  discussion paper  on the Cemetery and Maintenance Fund and Accounts Framework. Our members have expressed some issues and concerns around the maintenance of cemeteries, ...





AGCO Bulletin on Lottery Factory
2020-11-26 12:26:28 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) released a bulletin as a result of a number of inquiries related to an online charitable raffle supplier.  AGCO clarified that The Lotto Factory (TLF Global Ltd.) is not currently registered by the AGCO as a Gaming-Related...





Province Outlines Public Health Advice for the Holidays
2020-11-25 3:29:21 PM

The Province released public health advice for gatherings, ethno-cultural and festival occassions and other events based on the various zones ahead of December holidays and festivals.  Generally speaking, the Province suggests celebrating with your own household. The releas...





Private Members' Bill on Ranked Ballots
2020-11-18 9:11:14 AM

On November 17th, one day after  Bill 218: Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act passed third reading , MPP Mitzie Hunter introduced a Private Members' Bill (PMB), Bill 232: Local Choice for Local Elections Act . The Bill proposes to amend the ...





COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream Now Open
2020-11-17 3:00:46 PM

Back on October 29th, we blogged that the Province had announced a new COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream which formed part of  the Investing in Community Infrastructure Program (ICIP), with more details forthcoming. Today, the Province announced that it is now acc...





FCM Releases Build Back Better Together Ahead of its Advocacy Day
2020-11-17 11:04:00 AM

On November 16th, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) released, Building Back Better Together, its recommendations to build a better Canada during and after COVID-19. The release was made one day ahead of FCM's Advocacy Day on Parliament Hill. The recommendation...





Advocacy Update: Bill 218
2020-11-16 1:52:09 PM

Update: As of November 20, 2020, Bill 218:  Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act  has received Royal Assent. On November 16th, Bill 218: Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act , passed third reading  after it had underwent brief st...





Ontario Updates Thresholds and Advice for COVID-19 Response Framework
2020-11-13 3:45:54 PM

On November 13th 2020, the Province announced that it would be updating its threshold levels and advice within the COVID-19 Response Framework in response to updated modelling.  If the current case trajectory continues, according to the modelling, Ontario would see up to 6,...





 
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