AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Nominations Open for 2016 Dazzling Notice Awards
2016-08-08 5:35:57 PM

Applications are now open for the 2016 Dazzling Notice Awards. The awards recognize municipalities that make a substantial effort to inform the public about opportunities for citizen participation and actively encourage their citizens to get involved. Prizes will be awarded in...





Province Releases First Quarter Finances
2016-08-08 5:28:43 PM

The government of Ontario has released its first quarter finances for 2016. Key highlights of the government's report include: Total revenue projected at $130.6 billion Provincial program expenses projected at $122.1 billion Interest on debt projected at $11.8 billio...





Federal Government Consulting on Accessibility Legislation
2016-07-28 5:34:22 PM

The federal government is currently conducting consultations on planned federal accessibility legislation. The consultations, which are open until February of 2017, are centred on the following issues: feedback on the overall goal and approach; whom it should cover; ...





Does the Land Transfer Tax Impact Housing Sales?
2016-07-28 3:27:36 PM

New research, from the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG), examines the impact of the City of Toronto's decision in 2008 to introduce a Land Transfer Tax (LTT). It argues that the decline in housing sales in 2008 was more of a function of the global recession...





IPC Weighs In on Personal Email and Instant Messaging
2016-07-27 6:51:55 PM

The Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) released a report in June outlining his position on the use of instant messaging and private email in Ontario’s public institutions. It presents the IPC’s view that both personal email and instant messages are subject to Ontario’s...





Building Trust and Funding Public Transit
2016-07-25 1:35:17 PM

A new paper, published by the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance (IMFG), explores how municipal governments can build better trust with the public to allow them to raise the funds necessary to build public transit. According to the paper: Cities across Canada face an...





Chamber of Commerce Calling for More High-Speed Internet Access in Rural and ...
2016-07-25 12:43:36 PM

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is urging the government to dedicate billions of provincial infrastructure dollars to improving access to high-speed internet in rural and remote areas and Ontario's north. According to the chamber, lack of high-speed Internet access is limiting...





Province Releases Culture Strategy
2016-07-21 6:18:17 PM

The government of Ontario has released its first-ever Culture Strategy, which is designed to set targets for promoting participation in culture and the arts. Key features of the strategy include: Supporting the use of more Canadian content in schools Helping to conserve...





Policy & Management Brief: Continuously Improving Municipalities to Achieve ...
2016-07-19 12:20:01 PM

In the fifth edition of AMCTO’s Policy & Management Briefs, Thomas Plant, Director of Strategic and Enterprise Services with the City of Bampton examines how strategic planning enables better municipal service delivery. Using examples from across Ontario, Plant argues that wit...





Province Reviewing Environmental Bill of Rights
2016-07-18 3:45:00 PM

The government of Ontario is reviewing the province's Environmental Bill of Rights to ensure that it is achieving its objectives. The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has prepared a discussion guide that outlines relevant sections of the current Environmental Bil...





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