AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Ontario Releases New Strategy on Human Trafficking
2020-03-06 2:43:43 PM

Premier Doug Ford, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues Jill Dunlop, and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones announced a five year anti-human trafficking and child sexual exploitation strategy. Legislative and regulatory changes will be looked at by the province as...

Ontario to Contract Out Employment Services Managers
2020-02-20 5:41:29 PM

The provincial government is continuing to reform the employment services system by contracting out service system managers for the three regions currently piloting the new model. The government says this approach will create an efficient employment service to meet the nee...

Ontario Consulting on Poverty Reduction Strategy
2020-02-17 4:47:08 PM

The Ontario government has opened consultations on the province’s next poverty reduction strategy. Organizations and individuals are able to provide their input by writing to or by completing an online survey. The survey is open until March 30 th and ...

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...

Maytree Releases Report on Ontario’s Social Assistance Reforms
2020-01-13 12:14:50 PM

The Maytree Foundation has released a report that contains recommendations for the Ontario government to consider as it integrates employment and training services provided to social assistance recipients into Employment Ontario (EO). The report expresses concern on how th...

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...

Ontario to Merge Health Agencies to Create a New “Super Agency”
2019-11-19 12:54:29 PM

Minister of Health Christine Elliott has announced that five of the six health agencies will move under Ontario Health, a new “super agency”, starting on December 2 nd . The five agencies transferring into Ontario Health are: Cancer Care, Health Quality, eHealth, Health Sh...

Maytree Releases Report – "Lessons from Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot”
2019-10-18 1:44:06 PM

Maytree, a Toronto-based organization dedicated to “creating solutions to poverty”, has published a report authored by Maytree Fellow Michael Mendelson analyzing the lessons learned from the set-up of Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot (OBIP). The report examines the OBIP – a...

Ontario Proposing to Amend Building Code Services
2019-09-24 3:52:23 PM

The Ontario government is proposing to create an administrative authority related to the province's Building Code, which the government says will help speed up the construction of new housing and building projects. This will affect the Building Code Act, 1992 , which go...

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