AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Federal Transfer Payment Details Released
2015-12-22 5:31:40 PM

Over the weekend, the federal government released the details of its transfer payments to the provinces. Overall, the announcement was good news for Ontario, which is received an increase of $866 million in transfers for 2015-16, including a $788-million increase in the Canada...





Final Ice Storm Assistance Payments
2015-12-18 8:47:08 PM

The government of Ontario has now finalized all of its payments to municipalities and conservation authorities that were impacted by the December 2013 ice storm. In total 58 municipalities and conservation areas received over $131 million in funding. See below for the full lis...





Ontario Drinking Water Reports Released
2015-12-18 7:04:14 PM

The Chief Water Inspector of Ontario has released her annual (2014-15) report, which confirms that Ontario maintains some of the best protected drinking water in the world. Additional findings include: 99.8 per cent of residential water tests (533,000 test results) met Ont...





New Tow Truck Regulations Approved
2015-12-18 2:24:25 PM

After months of consultation, the government has approved new regulations for the towing sector that are designed to crack-down on fraud. The new regulations will enter into effect on January 1, 2017 and require towing providers to: Have permission from the consumer or som...





Ombudsman's Office Getting New Resources for Bill 8
2015-12-17 2:15:21 PM

The Office of the Ontario Ombudsman is in the midst of a significant expansion of both budget and staff as it prepares for its new oversight responsibilities under Bill 8. The office's staff will grow by 50 people, while the organization's budget will increase by $7.2 million ...





Government Appoints New Chair of Accessibility Council
2015-12-17 1:19:52 PM

The government of Ontario has appointed Rich Donovan the new Chair of its Accessibility Standards Advisory Council (ASAC). The Council is responsible for advising Minister Brad Duguid (Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure) on issues related to the government's i...





Ontario Ombudsman’s Annual Closed-Meeting Report Released
2015-12-16 7:57:32 PM

The Office of the Ontario Ombudsman has released its annual report on closed meeting investigations. According to the report, between September 1, 2014 to August 31 2015, the Ombudsman’s Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team (OMLET) reviewed 85 meetings held by 61 municipalities....





Province Renews Mineral Development Strategy
2015-12-14 2:55:28 PM

Ontario has released an updated Mineral Development Strategy to guide its future investments and policy in the exploration and development sector. The new strategy, which lasts for a 10-year period, is centred around four priorities: Competition and innovation Safety an...





14 Bills Passed During Fall Session
2015-12-11 4:38:06 PM

The Ontario legislature passed 14 bills during its fall sitting, which ended yesterday. They include: Bill 9 - Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act, 2015 Bill 37 - Invasive Species Act, 2015 Bill 52 - Protection of Public Participation Act, 2015 Bill 66 - Great Lakes Protection...





Government Still Considering New Revenue Tools for Municipalities
2015-12-11 2:22:35 PM

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Ted McMeekin has confirmed that, aside from the land transfer tax, the government is still considering the possibility of giving municipalities new revenue tools. Yesterday in Question Period, in response to a question from opposition ...





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