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Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Federal Government Announces $82 Billion Economic Package
2020-03-18 3:27:17 PM

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced a $82 billion economic package to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian economy and people. The package represents more than 3% of Canada’s GDP and said the spending will not drive the country into reces...





Premier Ford Declares State of Emergency in Ontario
2020-03-17 9:26:42 AM

This morning, Premier Ford has declared a state of emergency as Ontario tries to slow the spread of COVID-19. With this, public events of over 50 people will be banned until March 31 st – this includes parades, events and service. All facilities providing indoor recreatio...





Ontario Budget to be Postponed
2020-03-16 12:03:32 PM

In light of the global COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips today announced that the provincial budget, which was slated to be released on March 25th ,  will be postponed. An economic and fiscal outlook for 2020 will instead be released and be based on cur...





Funding from Ontario’s Gas Tax Program Announced
2020-03-12 3:38:37 PM

Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney has announced that 111 Ontario municipalities will receive $365.3 million to invest in local transit through the Gas Tax Program. The Gas Tax Program is a long-term source of transit funding for municipalities and is determined ...





Ontario Government Announces Plans for COVID-19
2020-03-12 2:04:28 PM

In response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases both in Canada and internationally, the Ontario government has launched a response strategy to contain the outbreak. In addition to this, the government has announced $100 million to be funded towards containment efforts....





AGCO Creates Options for Charities to Seed or Guarantee Prizes
2020-03-11 3:19:43 PM

According to their Info Bulletin No.97, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) have now given Ontario charities to seed or guarantee prizes for electronic and paper-based Catch the Ace progressive raffles. Prior to this, seeding and prize guarantees were only available for ...





PM Trudeau Announces $1 Billion Fund to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
2020-03-11 11:27:07 AM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced a one billion dollar fund that will help address the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Canada and prevent its spread. Half of the money announced will go to provinces and territories. Highlights of the COVID-19 response fund ...





Ontario Releases Strategy for Flooding Preparedness
2020-03-11 9:31:29 AM

The government has released a strategy to better prepare Ontario for flooding events based on the 2019 flood management report by Special Advisor Doug McNeil. His report detailed the cause of the 2019 floods and included 65 recommendations on how the government can improve ma...





Ontario Releases New Strategy on Human Trafficking
2020-03-06 2:43:43 PM

Premier Doug Ford, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues Jill Dunlop, and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones announced a five year anti-human trafficking and child sexual exploitation strategy. Legislative and regulatory changes will be looked at by the province as...





Line Fences Act to be Administered by Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural...
2020-03-05 10:07:17 AM

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) will replace the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to now administer the Line Fences Act. The Line Fences Act was initially proposed to be repealed in Bill 132 but following consultations and a review...





 
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