AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Province Creates New Housing Delivery Group
2017-09-28 8:46:24 AM

The Government of Ontario has created a new team that will be tasked with streamlining the housing development process. Specifically, the new Housing Delivery Group will be responsible for identifying challenges and barriers that prevent new housing projects from being built....

New Report Suggests Airbnb Influences Housing Supply
2017-09-28 8:39:34 AM

A new study, released by academics at McGill University, argues that Airbnb is increasingly playing a role in limited housing supply in Canada. The report, which studied the impact of Airbnb on housing supply in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver over the past year, found that ...

Province Commits New Funding for Social Housing Repairs
2017-08-29 11:37:23 AM

The Government of Ontario has set aside new funding for repairs and retrofits of social housing across the province. Over the next five years the province will invest up to $657 million in repairing and retrofitting social housing apartment buildings over five years, with the ...

Ontario Launches Inquiry Into Safety of Long-term Care Homes
2017-08-10 5:45:03 PM

Ontario's Attorney General has appointed Ontario Justice Eileen Gillese to lead an independent public inquiry into the oversight of long-term care homes in Ontario. Specifically, Justice Gillese has been tasked with reviewing whether or not systemic issues have contributed to ...

Province Unveils Rural Education Strategy
2017-07-05 2:00:00 PM

Last week the government unveiled a new rural education strategy designed to strengthen the quality and delivery of education in rural and remote Ontario communities. Key tenets of the plan include:  Investing in broadband, special education supports, and experientia...

New Community Hubs Program
2017-07-05 9:30:00 AM

The government of Ontario has launched a new program to help municipalities and other community organizations create community hubs . Through the program, the province will help municipalities hold surplus properties, such as schools, hospitals, or other provincially-owned b...

Proposed Second Unit Development Charge Exemption
2017-06-19 2:58:02 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is looking for feedback on its proposed regulation for exempting second units in new homes from development charges. According to the proposal the regulation would:    "Prescribe single detached dwellings, semi-detache...

Government Introduces Plan to Raise Minimum Wage and Overhaul Labour Laws
2017-06-05 1:40:22 PM

Last week the government introduced its Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Plan, which if passed would raise the minimum wage and introduce an ambitious set of reforms to labour laws and practices in Ontario. In addition to raising the minimum wage to $14/hour in 2018 an...

Federal Government Unveils Cannabis Legalization Plan
2017-04-18 12:04:05 PM

Last week the federal government released legislation that will lead to the legalization of recreational cannabis. The legislation is designed to end 94 years of prohibition that the federal government has declared an “abject failure,” while protecting minors, and strengtheni...

Applications Open for Seniors Community Grant Program
2016-12-13 8:53:42 AM

The Ontario Seniors' Secretariat is now accepting applications the Seniors Community Grant Program. This new program is the first of its kind, dedicated exclusively to funding seniors programs. It is designed to provide funding for community groups that encourage greater socia...

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