AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Proposed Building Code Regulation Posted
2017-11-24 10:32:56 AM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has posted a proposed regulation that would establish a building code evaluation program for buildings with rooftop parking, and exposed multi-story, above-ground parking structures. The proposals suggested in the regulation are derived from ...

Report Calls for New Process to Select Infrastructure Projects
2017-09-25 2:32:19 PM

A new report, released this week by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) and written by Michael Fenn, is calling on the government to improve the evaluation process used to select infrastructure projects. According to the report, if the combined $...

Government Creates Climate Change Fund
2017-08-24 3:19:34 PM

Last week at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa, the Government of Ontario launched a new granting program that will invest in local municipal projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The new Municipal GHG Challenge Fund , wil...

Smart Cities Survey
2017-08-03 5:18:32 PM

AMCTO is encouraging its members and others working in the municipal sector in Ontario to participate in a survey about the implementation of Smart City services and the digitization of local public services. The survey, which is being conducted by Drs. David Wolfe, Zachary Sp...

Federal Government Releases Phase 2 Infrastructure Letter
2017-07-10 11:56:02 AM

Federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi released a letter last week that was sent to all provincial finance ministers, outlining the details of the federal government's framework for Phase 2 infrastructure funding. According to the letter, provincial government's will b...

Webinar on Proposed Asset Management Regulation
2017-06-15 10:00:17 AM

The Ministry of Infrastructure is holding webinars to help municipalities better understand the province's proposed asset management planning regulation . The webinars will provide a brief overview of the proposed regulation and then allow participants to ask questions. Deta...

List of Bills Passed During the Spring Session
2017-06-05 8:50:06 AM

During its spring sitting the Ontario legislature passed 17 bills, addressing a range of issues from energy, housing, and healthcare, to the economy and municipal affairs. Here is a full list of the bills passed:  Bill 27 , Burden Reduction Act  Designed to reduc...

Proposed Asset Management Regulation Posted
2017-05-26 11:26:19 AM

The government has posted its proposal for a new regulation that would govern asset management planning in Ontario. The regulation would set out the content requirements for municipal asset management plans, and require municipalities to use proscribed policies and best pract...

Government Approves First Driverless Car Pilot Program
2016-11-28 10:38:10 AM

The government of Ontario has approved Canada's first pilot program for automated vehicles (driverless cars). The pilot, which will be led by the University of Waterloo, BlackBerry QNX and the Erwin Hymer Group, was made possible by a new regulatory framework which came into e...

2017 OMPF Allocations Announced
2016-11-11 9:00:04 AM

Yesterday the Ministry of Finance issued the 2017 allocation notices for funding under the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) . 388 municipalities across the province will receive OMPF funding in 2017. See below for more details on 2017 allocations. While the overall f...

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