AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Government Moving Forward with Transit-Oriented Communities Strategy
2020-02-10 11:20:36 AM

Through the development of four new rapid transit lines, the government is working through its ‘transit-oriented communities’ strategy that will intensify development around major transit station areas in the Greater Toronto Area. Minister Clark has described the developme...

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...

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....

AMCTO Submits Comments on Proposed Building Code Amendments
2019-11-26 3:56:36 PM

AMCTO has submitted comments to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on the proposed amendments to Ontario’s Building Code Services. We have expressed concerns with the proposed creation of the administrative authority and its wider financial implications for Onta...

Government Introduces Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, 2019
2019-11-11 2:59:46 PM

Last week, the government released its Fall Economic Statement , which the government says maintains the commitment to balance the budget by 2023-24 whilst making investments into critical public services and strengthening conditions for job creation. The government has i...

Investigation Shows High Levels of Lead Contamination in Canadian Tap Water
2019-11-04 2:43:01 PM

More than 120 journalists from nine universities and 10 media organizations have completed a year long investigation that uncovered high levels of lead contamination in Canada’s tap water due to aging and deteriorating infrastructure. While the water generally contains no lea...

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...

Ontario Government Announces Updates to Public Safety Radio Network
2019-10-17 12:12:58 PM

The Ontario government announced that it has reached an agreement with Bell Mobility to update the Public Safety Radio Network (PSRN), the communications network supporting front-line and emergency responders across the province. Last updated in 1998, the PSRN does not meet...

Ministry Surveying Municipalities on Gas Tax Fund
2019-10-08 9:31:08 AM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) last week reported that the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is surveying local governments to help determine how well the Ontario Gas Tax is meeting the needs of expanding and improving municipal transit. The Ministr...

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