AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
More American States Vote to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
2016-11-10 9:36:45 AM

Voters in California, Massachusetts, and Nevada all voted to fully legalize marijuana for recreation purposes in Tuesday's US general election. They join Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, and the District of Columbia, where recreational marijuana use is already permi...





Province to Introduce Legislation Allowing Municipalities to Use Photo Radar
2016-11-09 3:44:57 PM

The government has announced its plans to introduce legislation that would allow municipalities to use photo radar to detect speeding, amongst other measures designed to fight speeding. Specifically, the government's proposal would allow municipalities to: Use automated ...





Fall Economic Update Includes Increased Funding for Infrastructure
2016-11-03 12:05:35 PM

The federal government's fall economic statement, announced this week by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, included an even greater focus on infrastructure spending than the spring budget. Specifically the fall economic update included the following new announcements: The $...





Province Announces New Investments in Housing and Homelessness
2016-11-03 10:07:31 AM

The government announced yesterday that it is increasing its investments to help municipalities work with individuals and families to find safe and affordable housing. The government is investing an additional $15 million in the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CH...





PBO Predicts Lower Than Expected Revenue from Marijuana Legalization
2016-11-03 9:55:11 AM

A new report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) predicts that government proceeds from legalizing marijuana will be lower than expected, forecasting government revenue in the millions not billions of dollars. The report argues that the government's aim of decre...





Government Reviewing Mining Act and Aggregate Resources Act
2016-10-31 1:15:00 PM

The government has introduced legislation that would amend the Mining Act and the Aggregate Resources Act. The legislation is designed to introduce stronger oversight, enhanced environmental accountability, better information and participation, and increased fees and royalties...





Accessibility Minister Looking for New Advisory Committee Volunteers
2016-10-31 12:05:47 PM

Ontario's Minister Responsible for Accessibility is looking for volunteer individuals and organizations to sit on new Standards Development Committees (SDC), which will be tasked with developing a new accessibility standard for Health Care and reviewing the Information and Com...





Government Reviewing Ontario's Building Code
2016-10-31 11:32:18 AM

The province is reviewing Ontario's Building Code, and looking for input from the public and industry stakeholders on the changes that are being considered. The first phase of this review, which is taking place from October 21 to December 20, includes amendments that will supp...





Federal Economic Growth Council Calls for National Infrastructure Bank
2016-10-25 11:30:40 AM

An expert panel advising the federal Minister of Finance on economic growth is calling on the federal government to create a national infrastructure bank. The government's Advisory Council on Economic Growth also released reports urging the government to put more effort into a...





Growing Number of Canadians Support Internet Voting
2016-10-25 10:00:47 AM

Recently released data from polling firm Ekos suggests that a growing number of Canadians support the use of Internet voting in federal elections. According to the data 57 percent of Canadians would vote online if it was offered in the next federal election. That number is up ...





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