AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Ontario's Digital and Data Strategy: A Digital Ontario
2021-05-20 2:55:26 PM

At the end of April, the Province released   Building a Digital Ontario , its digital and data strategy that forms part of the Ontario Onward Action Plan. The vision of the strategy is to “make Ontario the world’s leading digital jurisdiction”. There are several object...





Connecting Links Funding Announced
2021-04-09 3:59:24 PM

The Minister of Transportation announced today that the Ontario Government will invest  $30 million  to help 14 municipalities repair roads and bridges through the Connecting Links Program.   Eligible costs include the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replac...





Ontario 2021 Budget
2021-03-24 5:58:19 PM

Today Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board Peter Bethlenfalvy presented his first Budget and the Government’s second during the pandemic: Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy . Overview The 2021 Budget has two core pillars...





Advocacy Update: Asset Management Plan Timelines Have Been Extended Following...
2021-03-19 9:09:08 AM

There is some good news to share on Asset Management Plan (AMP) timelines! The Ministry of Infrastructure has filed regulations to extend the deadlines for municipalities by one year. Planning timelines are now: July 1, 2022 – plans are required for core municipal as...





AMCTO Participates in 2021 ROMA Conference
2021-01-27 12:46:14 PM

Another year, another ROMA conference, this time virtually. AMCTO staff were in attendance at the virtual conference with the theme Connecting Rural Ontario.   Below are a few highlights that may be of interest to our members. We even got a shout out from Lisa Thompson, Mi...





Province Flows Gas Tax Funding
2021-01-14 2:10:22 PM

Blog edited for clarity that this is the Provincial Gas Tax Program. It's a busy news day! Ontario Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney, announced today that the Province is providing $375 million through the Gas Tax program to 109 municipalities for transit...





COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream Now Open
2020-11-17 3:00:46 PM

Back on October 29th, we blogged that the Province had announced a new COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream which formed part of  the Investing in Community Infrastructure Program (ICIP), with more details forthcoming. Today, the Province announced that it is now acc...





Ontario Fall 2020 Budget
2020-11-05 6:01:42 PM

Minister of Finance, Rod Phillips,with his new Budget shoes , presented a long awaited 2020 Budget entitled Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support and Recover . He also introduced legislation to implement Budget measures and to amend and repeal various acts (details on th...





Improving Broadband and Cellular Access
2020-11-04 2:39:32 PM

Ahead of November 5th Fall 2020 Budget , the Province released some more information about it's investment to improve and expand broadband and cellular access. AMCTO's pre-budget submission emphasized the need for broadband infrastructure investments.  The Province is comm...





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...





 
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