AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Report Urges Body Cameras for All Toronto Police Officers
2016-09-16 6:19:15 PM

The Toronto Police Service (TPS) released a report yesterday detailing the results of a pilot project that saw 85 officers wearing body cameras.  According to the report "while the technology used did not meet all of the Service’s needs, body-worn cameras do provide the unbias...





Chamber Tells Province to Open Up Sale of Legalized Marijuana
2016-09-15 3:32:55 PM

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released a letter to the Premier yesterday arguing that the private sector should have a role to play in any new legalized marijuana regime. In the letter the OCC argues that the government should create an open-bidding process for license...





Provincial Election to be Moved to Spring of 2018
2016-09-14 9:22:59 PM

The government announced today that it will maintain its previous commitment to move the 2018 provincial election to the spring, avoiding any potential conflict with that years municipal elections. The provincial campaign had previously been scheduled to end only two weeks bef...





Province and Federal Government Announce Clean Water and Wastewater Funding A...
2016-09-14 8:48:17 PM

Today the federal and provincial governments announced a bilateral agreement that will make more than $1.1 billion of combined funding (federal government will provide $570 million, provincial government will fund $270 million, and municipalities and first nations will make up...





Fall Legislative Session Opens with Speech from the Throne
2016-09-12 4:49:15 PM

Today, Lieutenant-Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell opened the 2nd Session of the 41st Parliament of Ontario with a speech from the throne. The speech was dedicated to outlining the government's priorities for growing Ontario's economy. Specifically, the Lieutenant-Governor indic...





New Proposed Fee Structure for Corporate Forfeited Property Applications
2016-09-12 3:42:44 PM

The government has released a proposed new regulation that would set the fee structure for applications made under the Forfeited Corporate Property Act. The proposal sets out fees for relief from forfeiture and co-ownership. Specifically, the draft regulation states that: 1) ...





Celebrate Ontario 2017 Grants Now Available
2016-09-08 7:06:19 PM

The government of Ontario has opened applications for grants under the Celebrate Ontario 2017 program. Grants are awarded to programs, events or initiatives that attract tourism. Successful applicants will demonstrate how a grant will help their program or initiative to: ...





Protecting Public Sector Organizations from Ransomware
2016-08-30 6:50:53 PM

As ransomware becomes an increasingly dangerous threat for public sector organizations, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) has published a fact sheet with information on how organizations can protect themselves. Ransomware is a type of malware that acces...





Hyrdo One Sale Nets the Government $3.2 Billion for Infrastructure Projects
2016-08-30 6:10:17 PM

The government announced today that it has raised an additional $3.2 billion from the sale of Hydro One shares, which will be used to fund infrastructure. The newly raised money will be placed in the Ontario Trillium Trust, alongside a previously announced $1.35 billion. In to...





Applications Open for the Places to Grow Implementation Fund
2016-08-29 2:51:18 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is now accepting applications for the Places to Grow Implementation Fund, which is intended to fund projects that support the goals of the province's growth plans. Specifically, the grants are designed for projects that: Increase knowledge...





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