AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Code of Conduct Regulation Posted
2017-11-15 3:58:34 PM

The government has posted a regulatory proposed that would prescribe what municipalities and local boards must include their codes of conduct. The following items are prescribed subject matters to be included: Gifts, benefits and hospitality. Respectful c...





Proposed Municipal Act Regulation Posted
2017-11-10 8:57:13 AM

The government has posted a proposed Municipal Act regulation that, if approved, would govern the creation of small business programs. According to the regulation, small business programs (often referred to as small business incubators) are designed to allow municipalities ...





New AMCTO Backgrounder on Recent Changes to Ontario's Open Meeting Rules
2017-10-03 10:46:57 AM

AMCTO has published a new backgrounder on recent changes to Ontario's open meetings rules. It covers changes ushered in under Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Act (MOMLA), as well as the implications of City of Hamilton v. Ombudsman of Ontario .  ...





Updated List of Integrity Commissioners
2017-09-21 1:19:12 PM

In June of 2017 the Government of Ontario passed Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act. Bill 68 requires that every municipality in Ontario provide its citizens access to an integrity commissioner.   As part of its mission to the support the imple...





Bill 68 Proclamation Dates Released
2017-09-18 1:31:43 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has released scheduled proclamation dates for Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Ac t. As seen below, the provisions of Bill 68 will be implemented in two phases, with the dates for some remaining provisions still be ann...





Hamilton Court Rules Compliance Audit Committees Not "Local Boards"
2017-08-29 3:03:57 PM

A division court judge in Hamilton has ruled that Election Compliance Audit Committees (CACs) and Property Standards Committees are not local boards under the Municipal Act . The ruling, set down yesterday, means that - barring an appeal from the Ombudsman - Election Complian...





Ombudsman Releases Annual Report
2017-06-28 4:52:26 PM

Yesterday the Ontario Ombudsman released his 2016-17 annual report. Between April 2016 and March 2017 the Ombudsman's office received 21,328 complaints, with most being resolved within two weeks or less. Key topics covered in this years report included:  Segregation ...





Bill 68 Passes Third Reading
2017-05-30 1:18:20 PM

Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Act , passed third reading today and is now awaiting Royal Assent. Below is a summary of the amendments made to the bill during the committee process:  Removing the provision in Bill 68 that would allow integr...





Bill 68 Amended and Ordered for Third Reading
2017-05-04 12:45:42 PM

The Standing Committee on Social Policy completed its review of Bill 68 this week, and ordered it for third reading with a number of amendments. Notably the committee removed the provision in Bill 68 that would allow integrity commissioners to conduct investigations on their ...





Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner Oppose Bill 68 Closed Meeting Exceptions
2017-04-12 11:57:25 AM

Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner and Ombudsman both spoke out this week in opposition to additional closed meeting exemptions proposed in Bill 68. Bill 68, as it is currently written, adds a number of new exemptions for when council meetings could go into closed...





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