AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Budget Bill: 229: Protect, Support and Recover From COVID-19 Act
2020-11-13 1:38:21 PM

We have  already blogged  about several measures announced as part of the Fall 2020 Budget. This post will focus on  Bill 229: Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), 2020,  which contains 44 Schedules that would make amendments to several Acts.   S...





New EBR Posting: Proposal for Producers to Manage Blue Bin Programs
2020-10-19 3:03:31 PM

The Province is  proposing a new regulation  under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016  Consultation Timeline: October 19, 2020 - December 3, 2020 (45 days) Ministry: Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Further details and to comment: ...





EBR Posting Related to Bill 213
2020-10-08 9:16:53 AM

An EBR posting related to Bill 213   was posted October 6th related to a proposal to require municipal council support for new and increased bottle water takings. Under Ontario Water Resources Act and relates proposals from Bill 213 Consultation Timeline: October 6 2020 ...





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 ...





Ontario Releases Strategy for Flooding Preparedness
2020-03-11 9:31:29 AM

The government has released a strategy to better prepare Ontario for flooding events based on the 2019 flood management report by Special Advisor Doug McNeil. His report detailed the cause of the 2019 floods and included 65 recommendations on how the government can improve ma...





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...





 
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