AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Government Conducting Consultations on New Birth Certificate
2016-07-18 2:54:46 PM

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is looking for feedback on a proposal to establish a new Ontario birth certificate. The proposal would amend Regulation 1094 under the Vital Statistics Act to create a new birth certificate that would add one or both of the foll...





Applications Open for Ontario 150 Program
2016-07-14 2:05:24 PM

The government is now accepting applications for the Ontario 150 Program, which is providing funding to municipalities and community organizations for projects "that will create social and cultural legacies through initiatives that support celebration, engagement and innovati...





Province Consulting on Intercommunity Transportation
2016-07-12 12:47:24 PM

The government of Ontario has launched a province-wide consultation on how to strengthen and improve bus transportation between communities. The Ministry of Transportation is currently considering a number of different changes to the regulations governing inter-city bus travel...





Regulation for Sharing Economy Insurance Approved
2016-07-12 12:33:31 PM

The government has approved a regulatory change that will modify the Insurance Act to allow sharing economy companies to purchase commercial fleet insurance. This change will allow companies like Uber and Lyft to purchase insurance on behalf of their drivers. For more: O. R...





New Regulations Come Into Effect on July 1st
2016-06-30 8:33:56 PM

A number of new regulations are coming into effect as of July 1st, including rules related to cap and trade, electricity planning, and OMB applications amongst many others. You can find the full list here .





Towards the Legalization of Marijuana
2016-06-30 6:43:02 PM

Today the federal government released a discussion paper and make-up of an  advisory group that will guide its legalization of marijuana. The discussion paper, which is titled "Towards Legalization, Regulation and Restriction of Access to Marijuana" is designed to support con...





Applications for Connecting Links Now Open
2016-06-28 2:26:06 PM

The government is now accepting applications for the next round of Connect Links program funding. $25 million in funding is available for projects starting in Spring 2017. Funding covers up to 90 percent of (eligible) costs for design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation, an...





New Paper Argues for More Municipal Revenue Tools
2016-06-27 4:05:19 PM

A new paper, published by the Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance and authored by Enid Slack and Harry Kitchen, argues that major cities in Canada should be given access to new revenue tools. Specifically, the authors describe the advantages and disadvantages of som...





Mississauga Councillors Ask Province to Offset Ban on Corporate and Union Don...
2016-06-22 7:15:19 PM

Councillors in Mississauga have requested that the province introduce new measures to offset its planned ban on corporate and union donations in municipal elections, arguing that it will limit their ability to run an effective election. According to Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Cr...





Mississauga Councillors Ask Province to Offset Ban on Corporate and Union Don...
2016-06-22 7:14:09 PM

Mississauga Councillors have requested that the province introduce new measures to offset its planned ban on corporate and union donations in municipal elections. According to Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, the forthcoming change, introduced as part of Bill 181, will mean t...





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