AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Ontario Announces Gas Tax Funding
2022-01-21 4:48:07 PM

The Provincial government has announced Gas Tax Funding allocations. The government is providing $375.6 million to the 107 municipalities across the province that operate local transit. The funding can be used to extend service hours, buy transit vehicles, add routes, improve ...

Province Announces Funding to Streamline Development Approval
2022-01-20 4:56:09 PM

At the Housing Summit on January 19 th , 2022, Premier Ford announced more than $45 million for a new Streamline Development Approval Fund. The 39 large municipalities who are eligible for the Audit and Accountability Fund can access the Fund. The Streamline Development App...

MPAC Voter Look Up Campaign
2022-01-19 9:54:47 AM

2022 Municipal and School Board Elections It’s that time again! As we all look ahead to the 2022 Municipal and School Board Election on October 24 2022, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is once again undertaking a communications campaign to promote voter...

Ontario Launches Virtual 2022 Budget Consultations
2022-01-17 2:19:59 PM

Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy has announced the launch of the 2022 Budget consultations and is encouraging Ontarians to share their ideas for making Ontario a better place to build a career, a family and a future. People and organizations are welcome to share their...

Ontario Appoints Chair of Standards Development Committee
2021-12-20 1:51:55 PM

The Provincial Government has announced that Julie Sawchuk has accepted an invitation to be the chair of the Standards Development Committee that will lead the Province’s review of the Design of Public Spaces accessibility standards for outdoor spaces. The committee will re...

FCM's Vision for Canada's Recovery
2021-12-13 10:02:44 AM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has released their vision for Canada’s recovery with recommendations for the 44 th Parliament. The document, Partners for Canada’s Recovery , offers non-partisan local solutions to tackle some of Canada’s biggest challenges inc...

Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund Allocations Announced
2021-12-10 9:14:04 AM

As first announced in the 2021 Fall Economic Statement , the Province is providing an additional $1 billion over the next five years for the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) as part of their plan to support economic recovery, growth and job creation through inve...

Update from AGCO re New Gaming Opportunities
2021-12-03 11:42:00 AM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has announced two new gaming opportunities as part of the Government’s effort to support community initiatives: a Progressive Jackpot Raffle and A Social Gaming Licence. Progressive Jackpot Raffle The Government is introd...

New Electronic Death Registration System
2021-12-02 5:26:26 PM

To address inefficiencies in the current manual-based death registration process, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) is working on a new Electronic Death Registration (EDR) system. The changes introduced by the new system will impact all user groups inc...

New IMFG Paper on Provincial-Local Equalization
2021-11-29 4:33:42 PM

In a new paper for the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) and The Urban Project , the late Richard M. Bird and Enid Slack review the current state of provincial-municipal equalization transfers in Canada and suggest ways to improve their design. The pap...

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