AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
MGCS Consultation on Cemetery Care and Maintenance Fund and Accounts Framework
2020-11-27 2:03:17 PM

There's a new  regulatory registry posting  that will be of interest to our members. MGCS has put out a  discussion paper  on the Cemetery and Maintenance Fund and Accounts Framework. Our members have expressed some issues and concerns around the maintenance of cemeteries, ...





FCM Releases Build Back Better Together Ahead of its Advocacy Day
2020-11-17 11:04:00 AM

On November 16th, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) released, Building Back Better Together, its recommendations to build a better Canada during and after COVID-19. The release was made one day ahead of FCM's Advocacy Day on Parliament Hill. The recommendation...





Ontario Fall 2020 Budget
2020-11-05 6:01:42 PM

Minister of Finance, Rod Phillips,with his new Budget shoes , presented a long awaited 2020 Budget entitled Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support and Recover . He also introduced legislation to implement Budget measures and to amend and repeal various acts (details on th...





2021 OMPF announcement
2020-10-30 10:47:35 AM

Check your inboxes folks. In keeping with the commitment made by the premier at the 2020 AMO Conference , on October 29th, the Province confirmed the maintenance of its $500 million funding envelope for the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) for 2021. In 2021, the...





Bill 218: Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020
2020-10-20 5:45:06 PM

On October 20th, 2020, the Government introduced  Bill 218:  Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020 ,   which would "provide liability protection for workers, volunteers and organizations that make an honest effort to follow public health guidelines a...





Ontario Releases Ontario Onwards Action Plan to improve government service de...
2020-10-19 2:26:29 PM

On October 19, 2020, the Ontario government released its highly anticipated  Ontario Onwards:   Ontario's COVID-19 Action Plan for a People-Focused Government , which aims to improve government services in a way that is customer-focused, digital and data-driven. The Actio...





Bill 213: Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2020 (reducing regulat...
2020-10-07 3:03:00 PM

On October 6 th , the Province introduced Bill 213, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act , 2020 . Some of what is being proposed here and in accompanying regulations appears to go beyond removing regulatory roadblocks and red tape that the Government has portrayed as ...





Advocacy Update: Bill 204 Receives Royal Assent - the Municipal Voters' List
2020-10-01 4:34:45 PM

Bill 204, Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act , 2020 received Royal Assent today which makes the bill law. The Act amends various other pieces of legislation to create a a single registry of electors for municipal and provincial elections. The changes take effect Ja...





Ontario Fall Pre Budget Submission Process is Open
2020-09-30 1:28:22 PM

As you may be aware, the Province of Ontario has indicated that it will deliver a Fall Budget no later than November 15th 2020. This is a bit of a different process than normal, as we usually expect a Fall Economic Statement at this time of year. Also known as FES (pronounced ...





Advocacy Update: AMCTO members claim small victory towards efforts to update ...
2020-09-21 10:02:03 AM

The Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) is pleased with the Province’s  announcement  regarding the introduction of legislation that would create a single register of voters for municipal and provincial elections to take effect January 1...





 
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