AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
CAO Survey Report Released
2016-06-02 7:21:16 PM

A new report, released yesterday by StrategyCorp, explores the results of a survey of 25 Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs) from upper and lower tier municipal governments across Ontario. The report argues that it is time to reflect on the adequacy of the definition of Chief...





Bill 181 Passes Third Reading
2016-05-31 3:03:33 PM

Bill 181, the  Municipal Elections Modernization Act , has passed third reading and will now become law. The bill, which was amended by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs following public hearings, will usher in a number of changes to municipal elections in...





New Certified Stock for Marriage, Birth, Change of Name and Death Forms
2016-05-30 4:24:59 PM

The Office of the Registrar General has announced changes to the paper stock used in Ontario for certified copies of birth, marriage, change of name, stillbirth and death registrations. Specifically: The new stock will incorporate security enhancements to make certified copie...





Ride-sharing Insurance "Imminent"
2016-05-30 3:27:27 PM

According to Finance Minister Charles Sousa, ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft, will be able to purchase blanket insurance for their drivers "imminently." This revelation comes in the wake of decisions by councils in Toronto and Ottawa to regulate and allow ride-sha...





Applications Open for Canada 150 Infrastructure Projects
2016-05-27 3:28:23 PM

Applications are now open for grants under the federal government's Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150). The program is designed for projects that will renovate, expand, or improve existing community and cultural infrastructure. Of the $150 million dedicated ...





AMCTO Accessibility Hub Coming Soon
2016-05-26 6:18:17 PM

AMCTO is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the Accessibility Hub in early June. This will be a website dedicated to sharing the work that individuals, municipalities, public, private and non-profit organizations have been doing to improve the everyday lives of people ...





Ombudsman Launches First Systemic Municipal Investigation
2016-05-26 6:08:09 PM

The Ontario Ombudsman is launching his first systemic investigation of a municipality, since gaining the authority to do so on January 1st, 2016. Yesterday the Ombudsman announced that his office will be conducting an investigation of the City of Brampton's procurement practic...





Ontario Accepting Applications for Natural Disaster Mitigation Projects
2016-05-26 3:04:47 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is accepting applications for disaster mitigation projects as part of the federal government's National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP). The NDMP is a 5-year $200 million program that is designed to help communities guard agains...





Ontario Government Releases Proposed Regulations for Inclusionary Zoning
2016-05-26 2:48:35 PM

Last week the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) released a proposal for inclusionary zoning regulations under the Planning Act. Inclusionary zoning is a policy tool that requires affordable units be included in new residential developments. This regulatory propo...





Government Announces New Funding for Energy Retrofits and Social Housing
2016-05-25 3:27:47 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change announced today that over the next four years, the province will be investing up to $900 million from cap and trade proceeds into energy retrofits. The full funding will be div...





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