AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
MPAC 2016 Assessment Update
2016-04-08 7:09:12 PM

MPAC has provided an update on its 2016 assessment. The update outlines several changes that MPAC says will improve how municipalities and property owners plan for and manage their new 2016 assessment. You can find the assessment update here .





No Amendments to Budget Implementation Bill
2016-04-08 7:05:19 PM

Bill 173, the government's budget measures bill moved through committee without being amended. The Liberal government (which holds a majority on the committee) did not put forward any amendments, and suggestions proposed by the opposition parties were not adopted. The bill has...





City of Toronto Releases Uber Regulations
2016-04-08 6:56:59 PM

The City of Toronto has released details of its new approach to regulating ride-sharing companies, such as Uber. Under the proposal "private transportation companies" (like Uber) would be allowed to operate legally under a new bylaw, while the rules for the city's existing tax...





BPS Energy Portal Now Open for 2016 Reporting
2016-04-07 3:55:27 PM

The Ministry of Energy is sharing information on its BPS energy reporting portal, which is now open for 2016 reporting. See below for the full message from MOE: The Ministry of Energy’s Broader Public Sector (BPS) web portal is now available for 2016 reporting. Ontario...





Waste-Free Ontario Act Referred to Committee
2016-04-07 3:12:25 PM

Bill 151, the  Waste-Free Ontario Act , 2016 has passed its second reading and been referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. Anyone who is interested in the committee's review of the bill, or participating in hearings, can find out more information here . Fore mo...





PTSD Bill Passes Third Reading
2016-04-07 2:58:25 PM

The government has passed Bill 163, the  Supporting Ontario's First Responders Act,  which will make post-traumatic stress disorder a presumptive condition for first responders. The legislation applies to police officers, firefighters, paramedics, some workers in correctional ...





Government Introduces MEA Modernization Act
2016-04-04 5:17:16 PM

Yesterday the government introduced Bill 181, the Municipal Elections Act Modernization Act . The legislation is the result of a thorough public consultation and review of the Act, which included AMCTO’s submission . The legislation appears to be a positive step forward for...





New Developments for the Sharing Economy
2016-04-01 12:43:22 PM

A number of new developments this week changed the landscape for Uber, and other companies that make up the "sharing economy." First, on Thursday the City of Ottawa announced a draft plan to regulate Uber. Under Ottawa's plan, the city would add a new category of "transportati...





Applications Now Open for Two Community Safety Grants
2016-03-31 7:00:49 PM

The government is now accepting applications for Safer and Vital Communities Grants as well as the Proceeds of Crime - Front Line Policing Grant. In total these two granting programs will disburse $3.7 million in funding to municipalities to support crime prevention and altern...





Government Launches New Consultations Directory
2016-03-31 5:55:49 PM

The government has launched a new online directory for public consultations. The new directory will, for the first time, centralize information about all of the province's consultations in one place, and provide information and results from past public consultations. You can ...





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