AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
PM Trudeau Meets with Big City Mayors’ Caucus
2020-02-06 2:08:09 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland met with FCM’s (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) Big City Mayors’ Caucus yesterday in Ottawa to discuss municipal priorities ahead of the federal government’s 2020 budget. Mayors from 22 of Can...





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...





Ontario’s Chief Drinking Water Inspector Releases Annual Report
2020-01-02 10:50:55 AM

Ontario’s Chief Drinking Water Inspector, Melissa Thomson, has released her annual report, which looks at the province’s water protection activities and results from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. Highlights of the report include: 522,231 out of the 522,921 drin...





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....





Province Announces Five Year E-Scooter Pilot Project
2019-11-27 11:55:13 AM

The Ontario Government has announced a five year e-scooter pilot project that will begin on January 1 st , 2020. Following a two-week consultation period, the five year pilot is launched within a framework of rules and requirements, such as helmet requirements and a maximum s...





Ontario Launches Consultations on Blue Box Program Reform
2019-11-22 12:13:28 AM

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has launched a public consultation process to help inform the province’s transition from the existing Blue Box Program to one that shifts responsibility to producers in a system known as extended producer responsi...





Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Proposing New Statement of Environm...
2019-11-19 10:41:31 AM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) is proposing to introduce a Statement of Environmental Values (SEV) that will be established under the provincial Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR). The EBR provides Ontario residents the right to participate in ce...





Government Introduces Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act
2019-10-30 5:54:33 PM

The government has introduced Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act , 2019,  which aims to simplify and modernize regulations to lower the costs of doing business and make it easier to interact with the government. There are a total of 80 proposed changes...





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...





FCM and Insurance Bureau of Canada Issue Report Estimating Cost of Climate Ch...
2019-09-27 11:55:29 AM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) yesterday released a report outlining the estimated cost of adapting public infrastructure to the realities of climate change. Supported by research from Green Analytics (GA), the st...





 
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