AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
AMCTO attends PPF Meeting on the Expanding Mandate of Ontario Ombudsman
2015-09-25 5:21:34 PM

On Monday September 21st in Ottawa, the Public Policy Forum (PPF)  hosted a meeting where members of the broader public sector - including AMCTO through a conversation on  Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014 .   The meeting focused on identifying ...

New Paper on Municipal Credit and Borrowing
2015-09-17 3:36:18 PM

The Munk School's Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance has released a new paper, authored by Kyle Hanniman, which explores municipal credit and borrowing in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse. Specifically the paper seeks to understand why subnational government...

Municipal Use of Social Media Continuing to Grow
2015-09-17 2:46:29 PM

Redbrick Communication has released its latest update on how local governments in Ontario are using social and digital media. The update contains a number of interesting findings about how municipalities are making use of a variety of social media platforms, and becoming incr...

Liberals Look to Avoid Third Term with Marin
2015-09-11 6:34:49 PM

After an all-party panel could not reach consensus on the appointment of a new Ombudsman; it now appears that the Liberals are proposing to replace Marin with Deputy Ombudsman Barbara Finlay for a temporary term.  This was made clear in a letter from Government House Leader Ya...

Province Proposing a Lower Credit-Rating Threshold for Municipal Investments
2015-09-08 5:35:04 PM

In response to a request by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the province is proposing amendments to O. Reg. 438/97 , which regulates how municipalities are allowed to invest in bank debt. Currently local governments cannot hold investments which do not meet mini...

Ombudsman Mandate Grows - Ambiguity Surrounds Appointment
2015-09-03 1:09:06 PM

Municipalities are well aware that the provincial ombudsman will be gaining a significantly larger mandate over investigating complaints related to a number of broader public sector entities; notably that of municipalities.  While Andre Marin discusses this new authority aroun...

Canada in Recession...Ontario is Not
2015-09-02 12:36:02 PM

Recent reports have indicated that Canada is now technically in a recession but Ontario's Minister of Finance claims Ontario is not .  In fact, Kelsey Ingram, Sousa's press secretary said “Ontario’s economy is leading the country and private-sector forecasters expect it to co...

Province Leaves Door Open to "Street Checks" for Clear Policing Purposes
2015-09-02 2:19:07 AM

The Province is concluding its consultations on the use of police street checks (aka carding).  The Minister has indicated that there would be an elimination of the use of arbitrary checks but left the door open to those related to "clear policing purposes".  Community Safety ...

FCM's Green Municipal Fund Report Released
2015-09-01 1:38:37 PM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has just released its 2014-15 Green Municipal Fund Report  that seeks to highlight the growing ability of hundreds of municipalities across Canada to deliver projects with environmental, economic and social benefits to residents.

New Road Safety Rules Come into Effect
2015-09-01 12:58:50 PM

As of today, the Ontario government will put into effect  New Road Safety Rules that bring forth tougher penalties for distracted driving, protection of cyclists and the safety of tow-trucks and school buses.

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