AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
New Poll Shows Support for Wind Turbines in Rural Areas
2016-12-02 10:30:43 AM

New polling, released by Forum Research, shows relatively strong support for the use of wind turbines. Support is strongest in Northern Ontario and weakest in South Western Ontario where wind turbines have become common. The data also shows a clear generational divide, with yo...





Auditor General Releases Annual Report
2016-12-01 10:23:03 AM

Yesterday Ontario Auditor General (AG) Bonnie Lysyk released her 2016 annual report. According to the AG the theme of this year's report is government contractor's and suppliers being rewarded with additional business despite poor performance. The report, which covers two full...





Annotated Versions of MA and MCIA, As Amended by Bill 68
2016-12-01 10:04:54 AM

As Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Act , moves through the legislative process we're happy to share annotated versions of the Municipal Act and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act with the proposed amendments in track changes: Municipal Act, as a...





Support for Road Tolls Sharply Divided
2016-11-29 9:20:18 AM

New polling shows that support for the use of road tolls in the GTHA is deeply divided, with drivers the least supportive and cyclists the most supportive. Last week City of Toronto Mayor John Tory outlined his support for using road tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Va...





Government Approves First Driverless Car Pilot Program
2016-11-28 10:38:10 AM

The government of Ontario has approved Canada's first pilot program for automated vehicles (driverless cars). The pilot, which will be led by the University of Waterloo, BlackBerry QNX and the Erwin Hymer Group, was made possible by a new regulatory framework which came into e...





New Framework for Forfeited Corporate Property to Take Effect
2016-11-24 2:40:37 PM

On December 10, 2016 new rules for managing forfeited corporate property will take effect. The new rules are the result of consultations with the municipal sector that have been taking place since 2012. Highlights of these changes can be found below. The new framework will be ...





New Report on Rethinking Social Assistance
2016-11-24 10:10:38 AM

A new report, published by the Mowat Centre, argues that patterns in Canada's labour market are creating a growing number of Canadians with little or no attachment to our country's social architecture. The report questions the extent to which Canada's social architecture is su...





New Paper Calls for Canadian Cities to Get New Taxation Powers
2016-11-23 2:10:00 PM

A new paper, authored by Harry Kitchen and Enid Slack, argues that large Canadian cities should have access to new revenue tools. According to the paper, cities face tough decisions about how to fund the complex and growing demands facing them, and need new sources of revenue ...





Government Consulting on Proposal to Use Fire Services for Paramedic Care
2016-11-23 9:30:40 AM

The Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC) has released a discussion paper exploring the viability of allowing fire services to provide paramedic care. This proposal, which was initially made by the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association (OPFFA), could potentia...





Province Releases Details of Pre-budget Consultations
2016-11-21 3:03:40 PM

The government of Ontario has released the details of its pre-budget consultations. Once again this year the government will be using  Budget Talks , as an online consultation tool that provides a variety of venues for stakeholders and citizens to submit their budget recomme...





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