AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
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...





New Legislation to Help Municipalities Collect Defaulted POA Fines
2016-06-09 6:33:58 PM

Last week the government introduced Bill 218, the Burden Reduction Act , which is designed to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses in Ontario. The bill also contains a provision (section 70.1) that would amend the Provincial Offences Act (POA)  to  require defendants w...





Call for Presentations on Accessibility and Inclusion
2016-06-07 7:18:22 PM

The Ontario Municipal Social Services Association is looking for presenters for a conference on promoting accessibility and inclusion in the municipal sector. Specifically OMSSA is looking for interactive or panel presentations that demonstrate best practices in accessibility ...





Prime Minister Commits to Give Municipalities Control Over Infrastructure Spe...
2016-06-06 1:20:39 PM

Speaking at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) conference in Winnipeg last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised that decisions about where to spend federal infrastructure funding would be left in the hands of municipalities. According to the Prime Minister...





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