AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
AMCTO Releases Submission on Bill 68
2017-04-10 11:42:33 AM

Today AMCTO submitted its comments on Bill 68, the  Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act , to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. AMCTO believes that a number of the changes proposed in Bill 68 are positive for municipalities—including many that we advocated f...





Annotated Versions of MA and MCIA, As Amended by Bill 68
2016-12-01 10:04:54 AM

As Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Act , moves through the legislative process we're happy to share annotated versions of the Municipal Act and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act with the proposed amendments in track changes: Municipal Act, as a...





Government Releases Changes to Municipal Legislation
2016-11-17 1:33:17 PM

Yesterday the government tabled Bill 68, Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act , which will introduce a series of reforms to the Municipal Act , and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. While it’s too early to assess the overall impact of these changes, we were pl...





Ombudsman Launches First Systemic Municipal Investigation
2016-05-26 6:08:09 PM

The Ontario Ombudsman is launching his first systemic investigation of a municipality, since gaining the authority to do so on January 1st, 2016. Yesterday the Ombudsman announced that his office will be conducting an investigation of the City of Brampton's procurement practic...





Policy & Management Brief: Municipal Accountability and Transparency in the W...
2016-05-19 5:59:22 PM

In the fourth issue of AMCTO’s Policy & Management Briefs, Eric Muller—Policy Advisor at AMCTO, discusses the state of municipal accountability and transparency following the introduction of Bill 8. Relying on data from a survey of municipal CAOs and City Managers, this brief ...





Paul Dubé Appointed New Ontario Ombudsman
2016-02-17 9:30:18 PM

Yesterday it was announced in the legislature that Paul Dubé will become Ontario's next Ombudsman. Dubé comes to the role of Ombudsman after serving as the federal taxpayer's ombudsman, the office responsible for handling citizen disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency. His ap...





IPC Rules Councillor's Email An Official City Record
2016-02-04 7:06:53 PM

In a decision that may set a precedent for municipalities across the province, Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) has ruled that the City of Oshawa must consider an email sent by a sitting councillor from her personal email address an official city record. As...





Ontario Ombudsman on Metro Morning
2016-01-05 7:45:52 PM

The Ontario Ombudsman was on Metro Morning today talking about Bill 8 and what its implementation will mean for municipal governments. Listen to the full interview here .





BIll 8 and Recordkeeping
2016-01-05 7:41:35 PM

The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario has released a new paper, which is designed to help municipalities understand their new responsibilities for recordkeeping under Bill 8. You can find the full paper here: FIPPA and MFIPPA--Bill 8 Recordkeeping Amendments ...





New Resource About Bill 8 Requirements
2015-12-22 6:52:52 PM

The government has released an information resource sheet on new record keeping requirements that are being ushered in under Bill 8, the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act . Bill 8 amended the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA)...





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