AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Provincial, Federal Government Announce $640 million for Affordable Housing
2016-06-22 1:58:58 PM

Yesterday the federal and provincial government's announced $640 million of new money for affordable housing in Ontario. Though details on how the money will be allocated are not yet available, newly appointed Ontario Minister of Housing Chris Ballard said that the federal gov...





Government Creates Marijuana Legalization Working Group
2016-06-20 6:36:43 PM

The Toronto Star reports the government of Ontario has struck a marijuana legalization working group, comprised of officials from the Ministries of Finance, Health and the Attorney General. According to the article, the government is leaning towards a more tightly regulated di...





Call for Nominations: BAO Stakeholder Advisory Committee
2016-06-20 6:21:38 PM

The Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO) is inviting applications for its three stakeholder advisory committees. See below for more information from the BAO: The BAO was established as a delegated administrative authority (DAA) on January 16, 2016 under the  Safety and Cons...





TPS Releases Policing Modernization Report
2016-06-17 6:13:40 PM

Yesterday the Toronto Police Service's (TPS) Transitional Task Force (TTF) released a much anticipated report titled "The Way Forward: Modernizing Community Safety in Toronto." The report contains 24 recommendations including changes in five major areas: How TPS relates to...





Improving Good Governance at the Local Level
2016-06-16 6:30:12 PM

A new paper, published today by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG), explores the meaning of good governance in Canadian municipalities. The paper argues that the typical approach of linking good governance with efficiency and service deliver may be too li...





Ranked Ballot Regulations Posted
2016-06-14 1:53:34 PM

Yesterday the government posted two regulatory proposals that would create the framework for municipalities who are interested in using ranked ballots for future elections. The proposals cover: Requirements for ballots How rankings will be interpreted Voting procedur...





New Webinar on Managing Stormwater Through Low-Impact Development
2016-06-13 5:32:13 PM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is hosting a webinar on June 22, 2016, dedicated to discussing options and strategies for using stromwater infrastructure for low impact development. See below for the full description, or register for this webinar . Managing ...





Premier Announces New Cabinet
2016-06-13 3:21:00 PM

Today Premier Wynne announced a new cabinet, her third as Premier. See below for a full list of the Premier's new cabinet: Kathleen Wynne, Premier, and President of the Council, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Educatio...





Does Canada need a 'Northern Corridor?'
2016-06-13 2:11:30 PM

A recent paper, published by Calgary's School of Public Policy, argues that a northern, mid-Canada infrastructure corridor--which would reach from the pacific coast all the way through Ontario's James Bay, to Atlantic Canada--could potentially bring badly needed economic diver...





Government Accepting Applications for Accessibility Fund
2016-06-09 6:48:51 PM

The federal government is currently accepting applications for the Enabling Accessibility Fund. The fund is a federal Grant and Contribution (G&C) program that supports the capital costs of construction to improve the physical accessibility and safety of communities and workpl...





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