AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Can the sharing economy solve congestion?
2016-08-25 4:58:27 PM

A new report, published by the Mowat Centre, explores the opportunities and challenges presented by the sharing economy for tackling traffic congestion, and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area's (GTHA) regional transportation challenges. The report argues that future transit...





New Report on Internet Voting in the 2014 Election
2016-08-23 6:40:11 PM

A new report, released today by the Centre for E-Democracy and authored by Nicole Goodman and Heather Pyman, presents findings from surveys of Internet voters, paper voters, candidates, and election administrators during the 2014 municipal elections in Ontario. Overall, the re...





Federal, provincial governments sign $1.49 billion transit agreement
2016-08-23 5:52:13 PM

Today the federal and provincial governments announced a bilateral agreement that will see the federal government provide $1.49 million in transit funding for projects in Ontario. The federal funding will be combined with money from the provincial government for a total of mor...





Government Enhances Certified Site Program
2016-08-22 8:54:23 PM

Last week at the annual Association of Municipalities Ontario conference in Windsor, Minister of Economic Development and Growth Brad Duguid announced an expansion of Ontario's Certified Site program . The program helps municipalities move through the industrial land certific...





Message from The Accessibility Hub: Tell us your accessibility story
2016-08-22 6:27:39 PM

Since launching the Accessibility Hub earlier this summer, AMCTO has begun to feature initiatives that enhance accessibility and inspire inclusion! Now we want to profile your story as we continue building a vibrant online community of resources and individuals who are comm...





AMCTO Submission on Ranked Ballots
2016-08-22 6:15:44 PM

Earlier this month, AMCTO submitted comments on two regulatory proposals posted by the government that, if approved, would create the framework for municipalities who want to use ranked ballots in future local elections. The regulations were proposed as part of Bill 181, the  ...





Government Releases Community Hubs Progress Report
2016-08-16 1:53:22 PM

The government of Ontario released a report yesterday on the progress that it has made establishing and strengthening community hubs. Highlights of the reporting include the government's progress: Increasing the number of potential partners that can buy or lease surplus sc...





Change to Service Ontario Naming Policy
2016-08-15 5:23:27 PM

Residents of Ontario are now able to register a birth or change their name to a single name. The change, announced by Service Ontario, was part of the government's budget bill, which was passed in the spring. According to the budget: Ontario is promoting integration by elimin...





Infrastructure Applications to Open in Early September
2016-08-15 3:33:03 PM

Speaking at the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) Conference in Windsor today Premier Wynne announced that the province of Ontario will soon begin the process of identifying municipal and first nations projects to be funded under the first phase of two federal govern...





Catch the Ace Webinar
2016-08-10 3:29:44 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is holding a webinar on the licensing, gaming and public safety implications of "Catch the Ace." Catch the Ace is a raffle lottery that will soon be available for charitable organizations to manage under an AGCO pilot project...





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