AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Technology Can Help Municipalities Generate Parking Revenue
2016-11-21 10:45:16 AM

A new article, published by the CD Howe Institute, explores how municipalities can use technology (such as apps) to free up more parking, reduce parking costs for most people, but still generate greater revenue. According to the article, parking apps can allow municipalities t...





BAO Looking for Board Members
2016-11-21 8:24:22 AM

The Bereavement Authority of Ontario is recruiting for its Board of Directors. See below or click here for more information. Call for BAO Board of Director Applicants November 14, 2016 The Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO) invites interested individuals to serve ...





State of Maine to Adopt Ranked Ballots
2016-11-18 10:17:33 AM

During last week's US general election, voters in Maine passed a ballot intuitive that will make Maine the first state in the United States to adopt ranked ballot voting in future elections. Ranked ballots will now be used for electing the state assembly, governor, and members...





Government Releases Changes to Municipal Legislation
2016-11-17 1:33:17 PM

Yesterday the government tabled Bill 68, Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act , which will introduce a series of reforms to the Municipal Act , and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. While it’s too early to assess the overall impact of these changes, we were pl...





Regional Chairs to be Directly Elected
2016-11-17 10:10:22 AM

The government's omnibus fall budget bill includes a provision that would require all regional chairs to be directly elected. According to Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro the changes will: "..help strengthen local governments and enhance their ability to serve the r...





Government of Ontario Tables Fall Economic Statement
2016-11-14 2:18:15 PM

Today the Government of Ontario tabled its fall economic statement, which was full of measures designed to address the high cost of housing for first time homeowners. Under the government's new plan first time homebuyers would be exempted from paying the Land Transfer Tax (LT...





Government Consulting on Cycling Strategy
2016-11-14 9:15:15 AM

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is conducting consultations on its proposed cycling strategy. The strategy, which is a part of the government's broader Climate Change Action Plan, is organized around five themes: Designing healthy, active, and prosperous communities ...





Government Consulting on Basic Income Pilot
2016-11-11 10:30:49 AM

The government is looking for feedback as it designs a new basic income pilot project. This pilot project is meant to test whether or not a basic income is a more effective way of lifting people out of poverty than the province's current social security infrastructure. The gov...





2017 OMPF Allocations Announced
2016-11-11 9:00:04 AM

Yesterday the Ministry of Finance issued the 2017 allocation notices for funding under the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) . 388 municipalities across the province will receive OMPF funding in 2017. See below for more details on 2017 allocations. While the overall f...





Think Tank Calling for Targeted Funding for Economic Development in Ontario's...
2016-11-10 11:30:23 AM

The Northern Policy Institute (NPI) is calling on the government of Ontario to introduce new targeted economic development stimulus spending for northern Ontario.  According to NPI, northern Ontario is facing unique economic challenges, including labour shortages, and chronic ...





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