AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Canadian Urban Institute Releases New Site Alteration By-Law Language Tool
2016-10-07 12:56:41 PM

The Canadian Urban Institute’s site alteration by-law language tool was launched on September 28, 2016. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MMA) funded development of this interactive, online tool to help build the capacity for municipalities to use site alteration by-laws to ...





Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund
2016-10-06 1:54:23 PM

As part of Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy, the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund was established to help people take action to protect and restore their corner of the Great Lakes.  This fund may be of interest the following eligible groups within your respective community: ...





AMO Releases Seniors Policy Paper
2016-09-30 2:47:14 PM

The report titled " Strengthening Age-Friendly Communities and Seniors’ Services for 21st Century Ontario: A New Conversation about the Municipal Role " was released by AMO to foster a renewed conversation with government to increase understanding of the important role muni...





Ontario Release’s Minister Mandate Letters
2016-09-30 2:44:53 PM

The government is now at the mid-point of its mandate and has released an update on its Minister’s Mandate Letters.   While the 34 letters provide a range of updates, it was notable that there was removal of the reference to efforts to improve the Voter’s List contained ...





Mowat and CSI partner on New Report – How to Design a Basic Income Pilot Project
2016-09-28 10:00:23 AM

In June, the province announced the appointment the Honourable Hugh Segal to provide advice on the design and implementation of a Basic Income Pilot in Ontario which arose from the 2016 Budget.   While Mr. Segal is expected to deliver a discussion paper, the Mowat Cent...





Proposed Extension of Municipal GO Transit Development Charge By-Laws & Munic...
2016-09-26 5:05:16 PM

Under Reg. 528/06 of the Metrolinx Act 2006, the proposal extends the expiry date of the current municipal development charge by-laws for GO Transit's growth and expansion capital costs enabled by this Regulation for another three years, until December 31, 2019.   In add...





Tow Trucks and CVOR
2016-09-26 5:03:17 PM

Effective January 1 st , 2017, all two truck operators will be required to possess a valid Commercial Vehicle Operators Registration (CVOR) Certificate.   This applies to tow trucks, including: • A motor vehicle commonly known as a tow truck; • A commercial motor ...





IMFG Releases Two New Papers - Complex urban challenges require new thinking ...
2016-09-26 4:52:05 PM

The Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) has released two new papers by post-doctoral fellow Abigail Friendly.   The first paper, Participatory Budgeting: The Practice and the Potential , looks at how we can meaningfully involve local residents in the...





Videos to Help the Public Understand Ranked Ballot Elections
2016-09-26 9:00:00 AM

With Ranked Ballots being granted as an option for municipalities, it is time municipalities in Ontario find ways to demonstrate how they work to the public.  While there is a provincial commitment to do some of this work, we wanted to share what Minnesota Public Radio has pr...





Parliament Returns for Fall Sitting
2016-09-19 4:09:11 PM

Federal MPs are back in Ottawa this week as the fall sitting of Parliament begins. The fall session is likely to be dominated by leadership contests for the Conservative and NDP parties, as well as debates surrounding a number of the government's key commitments, including: ...





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