AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Ontario Retail Cannabis Stores to Move to Open Market System Instead of Lottery
2019-11-22 11:25:35 AM

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that the province’s cannabis retail stores will be opened up to the market and move away from its initial lottery system. While Premier Ford did not specify how many stores will be opened, he did indicate they will open in the New Year. ...





Treasury Board Announces Transfer Payment Consolidation Smart Initiative
2019-11-22 9:59:00 AM

Ontario's Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy announced the Transfer Payment Consolidation Smart Initiative, which the government says will reduce administrative costs, increase value for money, enhance client experience and improve service outcomes. This initiativ...





Ontario Launches Consultations on Blue Box Program Reform
2019-11-22 12:13:28 AM

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has launched a public consultation process to help inform the province’s transition from the existing Blue Box Program to one that shifts responsibility to producers in a system known as extended producer responsi...





AGCO Approves Two New Break Open Ticket Types
2019-11-20 10:32:37 AM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has approved two new break open ticket types (BN31 and SP44) that includes unique expense maximums. The unique expense maximums are not available to existing ticket types. The tickets were developed by the charitable gami...





Ministry of Health Announces Digital-First Health Plan
2019-11-19 2:27:09 PM

Minister of Health Christine Elliot has announced plans relating to the province’s “digital first” health-care transformation plan, which the government says will help end hallway health care by offering more choices. The five pillars of the Digital First for Health Strate...





Ontario to Merge Health Agencies to Create a New “Super Agency”
2019-11-19 12:54:29 PM

Minister of Health Christine Elliott has announced that five of the six health agencies will move under Ontario Health, a new “super agency”, starting on December 2 nd . The five agencies transferring into Ontario Health are: Cancer Care, Health Quality, eHealth, Health Sh...





Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Proposing New Statement of Environm...
2019-11-19 10:41:31 AM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) is proposing to introduce a Statement of Environmental Values (SEV) that will be established under the provincial Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR). The EBR provides Ontario residents the right to participate in ce...





Sidewalk Labs Releases Plan Detailing Data Collection and Use
2019-11-18 8:18:32 PM

Sidewalk Labs has released a proposed plan, the Digital Innovation Appendix (DIA), detailing how the smart technology would be implemented and how data would be collected and used in the Quayside Toronto project. The plan is based on the core principles that were agreed up...





Government Passes Bill 124, Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future...
2019-11-11 4:34:38 PM

The Ontario government last week passed Bill 124, Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019 , which will cap public sector compensation increases at one percent annually for three years. The government reasons the Bill is necessary to reduce the...





Government Introduces Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, 2019
2019-11-11 2:59:46 PM

Last week, the government released its Fall Economic Statement , which the government says maintains the commitment to balance the budget by 2023-24 whilst making investments into critical public services and strengthening conditions for job creation. The government has i...





 
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