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Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Province Looking to Collect Enforcement Data on Emergency Orders
2020-05-11 9:02:30 AM

Background Following a letter to Heads of Councils from the Solicitor General and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on March 27, 2020, the following personnel can be designated as provincial offences officers for enforcing orders under the EMCPA: All persons...





Pandemic Pay to Include More Workers
2020-04-29 3:45:47 PM

Yesterday, both Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy and Minister Christine Elliott have confirmed that the pandemic pay announced over the weekend will now be extended to additional workers.  The extension will now include: Respiratory therapists, Mental health and addiction...





Premier Ford To Extend State of Emergency
2020-03-30 2:40:00 PM

Amid COVID-19, Ontario Premier Ford today announced he will extend Ontario’s state of emergency for another two weeks after the current order expires tomorrow. The current emergency order prohibits organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people. Org...





Temporary Suspension of Noise By-Law Regulations Now Posted
2020-03-20 3:17:48 PM

O. Reg 70/20 (under the Municipal Act) and O. Reg 71/20 (under the City of Toronto Act) will temporarily suspend municipal noise by-laws to allow the grocery deliveries 24 hours a day and ensure Ontario’s supply chain is intact.  The government also passed Bill 187 which a...





Premier Ford Declares State of Emergency in Ontario
2020-03-17 9:26:42 AM

This morning, Premier Ford has declared a state of emergency as Ontario tries to slow the spread of COVID-19. With this, public events of over 50 people will be banned until March 31 st – this includes parades, events and service. All facilities providing indoor recreatio...





Ontario Government Announces Plans for COVID-19
2020-03-12 2:04:28 PM

In response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases both in Canada and internationally, the Ontario government has launched a response strategy to contain the outbreak. In addition to this, the government has announced $100 million to be funded towards containment efforts....





PM Trudeau Announces $1 Billion Fund to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
2020-03-11 11:27:07 AM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced a one billion dollar fund that will help address the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Canada and prevent its spread. Half of the money announced will go to provinces and territories. Highlights of the COVID-19 response fund ...





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...





Health Minister Announces Advisor on Public Health and Emergency Health Servi...
2019-10-11 8:02:57 AM

As part of the provincial government’s plan to change way public health and emergency health services operate, Health and Long-Term Care Minister Christine Elliott has announced that Jim Pine will take on the role of advisor for consulting on modernizing public health and e...





Budget Update – Ambulance Services
2019-05-08 12:18:55 AM

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) yesterday reported that the cost of shared ambulance grants are now frozen at 2018 levels. Based on the 2017 funding allocation, growth in service costs for 2019 means municipal taxpayers will be left making up the difference...





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