AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Bill 213: Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2020 (reducing regulat...
2020-10-07 3:03:00 PM

On October 6 th , the Province introduced Bill 213, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act , 2020 . Some of what is being proposed here and in accompanying regulations appears to go beyond removing regulatory roadblocks and red tape that the Government has portrayed as ...





Reg. Registry & EBR Regulation Consultation: Proposal under Ontario Heritage Act
2020-09-23 9:25:24 AM

The Province is proposing a new regulation under the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA) associated with amendments made through the  More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 .  Consultation Timeline: September 21, 2020 - November 5, 2020 (45 days) Ministry: Ministry of Heritage, Sport...





Two-Year Transition Period For Community Benefits Framework
2020-09-21 9:05:02 AM

On September 18 2020, the two-year transition period for the new Community Benefits framework began as a result of an in force proclaimation. In addition, changes to the Development Charges Act, 1997 were also proclaimed. As a result of the advocacy from the municipal secto...





Bill 197, The COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act
2020-07-09 9:20:30 AM

On July 8, 2020, the Province introduced Bill 197, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act. This omnibus bill includes 20 schedules which amends multiple Acts. The Government has positioned the bill as addressing three critical needs Ontario faces: restarting jobs and development...





Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Announces Updated Provincial Policy...
2020-02-28 12:41:47 PM

Following consultations with municipalities, stakeholders and the public, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark today announced the updated Provincial Policy Statement (PPS). The updated PPS will come into effect on May 1 st , 2020 and is issued under the auth...





Government Introduces Bill 171, Building Transit Faster Act
2020-02-25 4:44:20 PM

The Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney, last week introduced Bill 171, Building Transit Faster Act, 2020 . The government says the bill will speed up the construction of the Ontario Line, the Scarborough Subway Extension, the Yonge Subway Extension, and the Eglint...





Proposals to Amend Standards and Regulation under the Aggregate Resources Act
2020-02-19 11:47:43 AM

As a result of recent changes in Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019, the Ontario government is proposing regulatory changes under the Aggregate Resources Act and its Provincial Standards. The government says these changes are proposed to modern...





Waterfront Toronto Delays Approval on Smart City Project
2020-02-17 6:18:08 PM

The Board of Directors of Waterfront Toronto have voted to delay the deadline decision on the Sidewalk Labs’ smart city from March 31 st to May 20 th . Waterfront Toronto has said the delay was to allow the public to more time to provide feedback on the project. Sidewalks...





New Regulations on Excess Soils Finalized
2020-01-14 9:52:46 AM

The Ontario government has finalized new regulations on excess soils under the Environmental Protection Act. The government says these changes, which will be phased in, will reduce soil management costs and promote brownfields redevelopment while also protecting “human health...





Government Passes Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act
2019-12-12 1:40:06 PM

The Ontario government has passed Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act , which the government says will make it easier to interact with the government, eliminate red tape, and modernize regulations. The changes will affects Acts from 14 different Ministries....





 
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