AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Province Developing New Northern Ontario Transportation Strategy
2016-10-25 2:00:32 AM

The government of Ontario is conducting consultations as part of its commitment to develop a new multi-modal transportation strategy for northern Ontario. The transportation strategy, part of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario , will include recommendations for improving th...





OPPI Looking for Non-Planning Volunteers
2016-10-24 5:44:13 PM

The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) is looking for a non-planner to join its volunteer council. Please see below for a message from OPPI: Call for Applications- OPPI Council Public Member Position OPPI is seeking a non-planner to become a member of its volunt...





MPPs Call for Parental Leave for Municipal Politicians
2016-10-24 3:28:54 PM

Two MPPs are calling on the government to give municipal elected officials the right to parental leave. Last week Liberal MPP Daiene Vernile introduced a private members bill that would give municipal politicians parental leave, shortly before NDP MPP Catherine Fife wrote an o...





Court of Appeal Reaffirms Canada Post Super-Mailbox Authority
2016-10-21 4:22:31 PM

In a ruling from the Ontario Court of Appeal this week, Canada Post's authority to locate community mailboxes, including the new Super Mailboxes, on roadsides has been maintained. The case was the result of an appeal filed by the City of Hamilton who argued that it has control...





AGCO Consulting on New Electronic Raffle Program
2016-10-18 1:54:31 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is currently developing a new regulatory framework for charitable or religious organizations that want to obtain licences to conduct electronic raffles (including 50/50 draws). The goal of this new framework is to ensure that...





New Paper on Inter-Municipal Cooperation and Shared Service Delivery
2016-10-17 6:22:54 PM

A new paper, written by Zachary Spicer and Adam Found explores shared service delivery models in city-regions facing expanding demand. The paper argues that while amalgamations have produced little if any savings (some studies suggest costs actually increase)  and undermined l...





Government Consulting on Long-Term Energy Plan
2016-10-17 6:12:37 PM

The government launched consultations last week as it works to develop Ontario's next Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP). As part of its outreach, the Ministry of Energy released a consultation guide that is intended to help guide feedback from citizens and stakeholders. Topics of...





Provincial 'Fiscal Health' Worse than Municipalities, according to CD Howe In...
2016-10-14 10:00:23 AM

A new memo, released by the CD Howe Institute, argues that municipalities are in much better fiscal shape than their provincial counterparts. The paper, written by CD Howe Director of Research Alexandre Laurin asserts: Looking at consolidated GFS (Government Finance Statistic...





OMB Consultation Details Released
2016-10-13 9:22:26 PM

Last week the government released the details of consultations it will conduct as part of its review of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), which was announced in June. The review is one of the government's key priorities, having been listed in the Minister of Municipal Affairs...





Upcoming Event on P3 Fundamentals
2016-10-13 8:22:27 PM

The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships is hosting an event for people who are either new to P3s, or have less experience with their application and use. See below for more details: P3 FUNDAMENTALS is a terrific development opportunity for those who are new to or...





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