AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Policy & Management Brief: Municipal Accountability and Transparency in the W...
2016-05-19 5:59:22 PM

In the fourth issue of AMCTO’s Policy & Management Briefs, Eric Muller—Policy Advisor at AMCTO, discusses the state of municipal accountability and transparency following the introduction of Bill 8. Relying on data from a survey of municipal CAOs and City Managers, this brief ...





Ontario Introduces Affordable Housing Legislation
2016-05-19 3:30:52 PM

Yesterday the government introduced the  Promoting Affordable Housing Act,  which if passed would amend four pieces of provincial legislation by: Giving municipalities the option of implementing inclusionary zoning Making secondary suites in new homes less costly, by ex...





Province to Make Ban on Corporate and Union Donations in Municipal Elections ...
2016-05-18 8:57:55 PM

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Ted McMeekin announced today that the government will introduce a series of motions to Bill 181, the  Municipal Elections Modernization Act , including: Making the optional ban on corporate and union donations mandatory Chan...





Government Releases Provincial Election Finance Rules
2016-05-17 2:42:55 PM

The provincial government has released its proposed new rules for political fundraising at the provincial level. The changes, outlined in the Election Finances Statute Law Amendment Act , would: Ban donations and loan guarantees from corporations and unions Cap the amo...





Oakville Mayor Weighs in on OMB Reform
2016-05-16 7:18:15 PM

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton published an op-ed last week in the Toronto Star  setting out a series of proposals for reforming the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). His proposals include: Exclude the board from hearing appeals of applications for amendments to provincially appr...





Government Releases Proposed Changes to Land Use Plans
2016-05-16 7:08:50 PM

Last week the government released a proposal for updating land use plans for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Morraine, and Niagara Escarpment. The updated plans would: Add lands within 21 major urban river valleys to the Greenbelt, along with seven coa...





AMCTO Appears Before Provincial Committee on Municipal Elections Modernizatio...
2016-05-13 12:27:45 PM

Yesterday, Stephen O'Brien, Chair of AMCTO's Municipal Elections Act Advisory Team, delivered the association's presentation on Bill 181 before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. You can find the presentation here: AMCTO Bill 181 Committee Presentation...





Accessible Parking Bill Passes Second Reading
2016-05-09 9:52:02 PM

Bill 187, a private members bill, passed second reading and was referred to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy. The bill would require the premier to appoint a commission of inquiry into accessible parking, and encourage municipalities to adopt standard accessible parkin...





Government Proposing Changes to Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program
2016-05-02 4:04:41 PM

The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) is proposing changes to the Northern Industrial Electricity Rate (NIER) program. The government's 2015 budget committed to $120 million in annual funding to support northern industrial facilities, with the goal of providing...





Government Launches Police Oversight Review
2016-04-29 7:22:01 PM

The government of Ontario is conducting an independent review of the three agencies that oversee police conduct in the province: The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) The Ontario Civilian Police Commiss...





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