AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Province to Ban Corporate and Union Donations for Provincial Elections
2016-03-30 7:11:28 PM

Premier Kathleen Wynne has indicated that the government is going to introduce reforms that will gradually phase-out corporate and union donations in provincial politics. The announcement follows weeks of controversy around the use of big money fundraisers in provincial politi...





Three New Job Categories Added to PTSD Bill
2016-03-24 2:03:13 PM

The government has added three new job categories to Bill 163, Supporting Ontario's First Responders Act . Workers in these job categories will now be able to claim workplace injury benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder. The additions come after a range of stakeholders ...





Additional LTAHS Regulatory Proposals Released
2016-03-23 3:35:16 PM

The government is proposing two new regulatory amendments to the  Municipal Act  as part of its updated Long-term Affordable Housing Strategy (LTAHS). The first would allow all municipalities (not just service manager municipalities) to enter into municipal housing capital fac...





2016 Federal Budget Update
2016-03-22 9:40:07 PM

Today Finance Minister Bill Morneau released the 2016 Federal Budget,  Growing the Middle Class.  AMCTO will conduct a more thorough analysis of the budget over the coming days and weeks, but here are a few of the highlights: Fiscal Outlook:  Deficit: $29.4 billion for ...





Long-Term Housing Strategy Regulations Posted
2016-03-21 5:22:18 PM

The government has posted proposed regulatory amendments as part of the province's new Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy. Interested stakeholders have until April 28, 2016 to comment. Proposed changes include amendments to The  Housing Services Act O. Reg 298/01...





Government Considering an Increase to OMB Fees
2016-03-21 1:10:03 PM

The Ministry of the Attorney General is seeking feedback on a new proposal to increase the fees and set a flat fee structure for the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). If approved, the fee to institute a new proceeding at the OMB will be increased from $125 to $300. The current ra...





Globe Editorial Calls for More Toll Roads
2016-03-17 4:23:43 PM

The Globe and Mail editorial board released a new editorial today  calling for Canadian jurisdictions at the provincial and municipal level to make better use of road tolls: Toronto is in an absurd position, and one shared by cities and provinces across Canada. If you ride pu...





Important Reminders for Deadstock Disposal
2016-03-14 5:18:44 PM

The Ministries of Agriculture and Food, Rural Affairs, and the Environment have developed a series of regulations governing the disposal of deadstock in Ontario. The government is encouraging farmers and other relevant stakeholders to familiarize themselves with these regulati...





2014 Air Quality Report Released
2016-03-14 2:40:24 PM

Last week the government of Ontario released the 2014 Air Quality Report, which reported significant decreases in smog-causing pollutants. According to the report, there were no smog advisories in 2014 and the province's air was rated either very good or good 94 per cent of th...





Ontario Releases Updated Housing Strategy
2016-03-14 1:42:24 PM

Today the province has released its updated Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy (LTAHS). While many of the specific commitments made as part of the strategy were previously unveiled in the 2016 Ontario Budget , the updated LTAHS includes a range of legislative, policy and r...





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