AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Random or arbitrary police carding will stop
2015-10-23 3:25:30 PM

The Province has announced that random or arbitrary police carding will cease as of this Fall.  Minister Naqvi said “We as a government stand opposed, Speaker, to any arbitrary, random stops by the police simply to collect information when there are no grounds or reason to do ...





Development Charges and Planning Reform Referred to Standing Committee
2015-10-22 1:48:39 PM

AMO has undertaken a detailed review of Bill 73 and has provided the following message from the AMO President to request appearance before Committee.  They are seeking a number of amendments to the Bill and while the Standing Committee hearing dates are not yet available.  To ...





Great Lakes Protection Act
2015-10-20 3:53:13 PM

A recent correspondence from Minister Glen Murray has noted that the Ontario Legislature, through its recent action to strengthen the Great Lakes Protection Act is focused on trying to keep the Great Lakes drinkable, fishable and swimmable for the future.   A copy of the Gre...





Applications Open for Smart Grid Fund
2015-10-13 1:21:30 PM

Applications are now open for the next round of grants under Ontario’s Smart Grid Fund. The Fund is designed to support new products or services to improve conservation, develop new technologies and help consumers manage energy costs. Learn more about the Smart Grid Fund her...





Call for Expressions of Interest: Measuring Rural Community Vitality
2015-10-08 1:52:41 PM

The Rural Ontario Institute is looking for four rural communities to participate in a 30-month applied research project focusing on deepening our understanding of community vitality in rural areas. Selected communities will have access to valuable expertise, tools and knowledg...





Toronto First Ontario Municipality to Regulate Uber
2015-10-01 7:19:48 PM

In a decisive 32-12 vote yesterday, the City of Toronto became the first Ontario municipality to declare its intention to regulate Uber. The move came as municipalities across the province have been struggling to respond to the ride-sharing platform, and other new services th...





Ontario Conducting Consultations on a new “Culture Strategy”
2015-10-01 6:58:46 PM

The government of Ontario is seeking input from across the province as it begins consulting on a new “culture strategy.” Interested individuals and stakeholders can get involved in this process by attending one of several town halls being held across the province, submitting ...





Bill 73 Passes Second Reading
2015-10-01 6:55:51 PM

Bill 73 , Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, has passed its second reading in the legislature and will now be reviewed by the Standing Committee on Social Policy . The bill, which was carried on division, is designed to ensure that development charges better balance th...





What are the Next Big Things in Local Government?
2015-09-25 6:24:05 PM

The Alliance for Innovation has just published a new study that attempts to answer the question: what the next big things facing local government? The report, which is the culmination of over a year of research and consultation, contains 44 trends in four categories: resource...





Northern Policy Institute Launches New Research Tool
2015-09-25 5:34:57 PM

The Northern Policy Institute, North Superior Workforce Planning Board, and the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre have made data just a click away by launching this new interactive data tool that displays Northern Ontario census data from between 2001 and 2011. “Northbynum...





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