AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
BAO Holding New Cemetery Webinars
2016-01-07 2:55:06 PM

The Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO) will be conducting three webinars in January, focusing on the BAO's new authority for cemeteries and crematorium. The webinars, which are free, will be held during the following times: Tuesday January 12   10:00 a.m.- 10:45 a.m. We...





Aviva Develops Ride-sharing Insurance
2016-01-07 2:25:01 PM

Aviva Canada, a large insurance company, announced yesterday that it will launch a new insurance product for drivers using their personal vehicles to transport paying customers. Primarily designed for drivers of services like Uber, this new coverage will be available in Ontari...





Ontario Ombudsman on Metro Morning
2016-01-05 7:45:52 PM

The Ontario Ombudsman was on Metro Morning today talking about Bill 8 and what its implementation will mean for municipal governments. Listen to the full interview here .





BIll 8 and Recordkeeping
2016-01-05 7:41:35 PM

The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario has released a new paper, which is designed to help municipalities understand their new responsibilities for recordkeeping under Bill 8. You can find the full paper here: FIPPA and MFIPPA--Bill 8 Recordkeeping Amendments ...





Government Seeking Feedback on HOT Pilot Project
2016-01-05 3:20:48 PM

The government is looking for feedback on its proposed High-Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane pilot project. According to the consultation document, the pilot project would create a HOT lane on the QEW between Trafalgar Road in Oakville and Guelph Line in Burlington during the summer ...





Minister Supports Reduced Role for OMB
2016-01-04 3:41:53 PM

Speaking in a year-end interview, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Ted McMeekin indicated that he would be in favour of a reduced role for the Ontario Municipal Board. Specifically, McMeekin said that he doesn't support the notion that the OMB should be able to overri...





Shorter campaigns, and option to ban corporate and union donations amongst li...
2016-01-04 2:53:20 PM

According to comments made by Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) Ted McMeekin in year-end media interviews, the government's changes to the Municipal Elections Act  will include new measures to make municipal election campaigns shorter, and give municipalities t...





See you in 2016!
2015-12-24 3:24:06 PM

The AMCTO office will be closed until January 4th, 2015, and as a result this blog will be on hiatus until the first week of the new year. We wish you all a relaxing holiday break, and a happy new year!





New Resource About Bill 8 Requirements
2015-12-22 6:52:52 PM

The government has released an information resource sheet on new record keeping requirements that are being ushered in under Bill 8, the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act . Bill 8 amended the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA)...





Ministry Releases MEA Consultation Summary
2015-12-22 6:09:03 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has released a summary paper presenting the highlights of its consultation on the Municipal Elections Act (MEA) . While not comprehensive, the paper summarizes the input that the Ministry received and provides a glimpse of what is...





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