AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Queen’s Park Resumes After Summer Break
2019-10-28 9:41:59 AM

MPPs today returned to Queen’s Park after a five-month summer break. Last week, House Leader Paul Calandra outlined the government’s legislative priorities for the next legislative session that is scheduled to go until December 12 th . Calandra says the government will be ...

Ontario Opens up Funding Applications for Green Infrastructure Stream
2019-10-25 3:06:51 PM

The Ontario government on Monday will open the fourth and final Green Infrastructure stream under the federal Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). Communities in Ontario with populations under 100,000 can apply for funding to hep them rehabilitate infrastruc...

AMCTO Win: Voters’ List and Regional Governance Review
2019-10-25 2:18:13 PM

AMCTO is pleased that the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark, addressed two of AMCTO’s policy priorities during his address at AMO’s Fall Policy Forum today:   Voters’ List Regional Governance Review 1)  Minister Clark annou...

2020 OMPF Allocations Issued
2019-10-24 2:34:43 PM

The Ministry of Finance today issued 2020’s Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) allocations. As previously reported, this year’s funding envelope to municipal governments would decrease by $5 million to $500 million. The $500 million will be distributed 389 municipali...

Ontario Releases Final Data Strategy Paper on Better, Smarter Government
2019-10-24 1:23:37 PM

The Ontario government has released its third and final data strategy discussion paper, which focuses on how the government can manage and share data more effectively. This discussion paper, entitled “ Better, Smarter Government ” describes three areas where a Data First S...

Ontario Investing $6 Million in Frontline Community Safety Initiatives
2019-10-22 4:32:49 PM

Ontario Premier Doug Ford yesterday announced that the Ministry of the Solicitor General will open up applications this week for the Proceeds of Crime – Front-Line Policing (POC-FLP) Grant. A total of $6 million will be invested from 2020 to 2023 with the grant using assets f...

OGRA Surveying Small, Rural, and Northern Municipalities on Student Career Fair
2019-10-22 11:22:02 AM

The Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) are offering a survey to small, rural, and northern municipalities that would be interested in participating in a Career Fair hosted by OGRA at their 2020 Conference. Taking place on February 23rd, the Career Fair would offer such ...

2019 Federal Election: Liberals to Form a Minority Government
2019-10-22 7:05:05 AM

After a 40-day election campaign, Canadians elected a new Parliament on October 21st with the Liberals winning 157 seats to form a minority government. Barring any changes as a result of recounts, seat standings for Canada's 43rd Parliament will be:   Liberal Party...

Maytree Releases Report – "Lessons from Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot”
2019-10-18 1:44:06 PM

Maytree, a Toronto-based organization dedicated to “creating solutions to poverty”, has published a report authored by Maytree Fellow Michael Mendelson analyzing the lessons learned from the set-up of Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot (OBIP). The report examines the OBIP – a...

Ontario Government Announces Updates to Public Safety Radio Network
2019-10-17 12:12:58 PM

The Ontario government announced that it has reached an agreement with Bell Mobility to update the Public Safety Radio Network (PSRN), the communications network supporting front-line and emergency responders across the province. Last updated in 1998, the PSRN does not meet...

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