AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
2020 AMO Conference Highlights
2020-08-25 1:11:58 PM

AMCTO staff attended the 2020 AMO Conference. It  looked a little different this year: using multiple platforms, AMO held a virtual conference with (most of) the usual activities expected from the largest municipal conference in Canada. We are pleased to report that we had ...





Bill 197, The COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act
2020-07-09 9:20:30 AM

On July 8, 2020, the Province introduced Bill 197, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act. This omnibus bill includes 20 schedules which amends multiple Acts. The Government has positioned the bill as addressing three critical needs Ontario faces: restarting jobs and development...





Communication from the Deputy Registrar General re: Death Registration
2020-07-08 4:36:04 PM

On July 6th, the Deputy Registrar General sent a memo to Ontario Division Registrars on the Submission of Death Registrations.   It was noted that the partnership between the Ontario Registrar General (ORG) and Ontario registrars has allowed this important service to conti...





FCM Seeks Emergency Funding for Municipalities
2020-04-27 2:13:42 PM

As municipalities across Canada continue to suffer from declining revenues and without the ability to run any deficits, the municipal sector nationally is facing a financial crisis. On April 17 th , 2020 FCM released its report titled “ Protecting Vital Municipal Services ” an...





Ontario Registrar General Permits Temporary Measures for Burial Permit Issuance
2020-04-07 1:50:24 PM

The Ontario Registrar General (ORG) has temporarily permitted the electronic transfer or faxing of death registration documents amid COVID-19 and allow municipalities to safely issue burial permits. Below is a summary of the changes: Regulation 1094 of the Vital ...





Line Fences Act Now Administered by Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural A...
2020-04-01 12:16:31 PM

Effective today, the Line Fences Act will be administered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Taking authority of the Act from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH), OMAFRA is tasked with supporting agriculture and rural affair...





Government Announces $200 Million for Small, Rural, and Northern Communities
2020-01-17 2:40:43 PM

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott today announced a $200 million investment into the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) to 424 small, rural, and northern municipalities. The funding is for core road, bridge, water, wastewater and ...





2020 Pre-Budget Submission – AMCTO Calls for Internship Funding
2020-01-16 4:22:28 PM

AMCTO is pleased to release its 2020 Pre-Budget Submission. Our submission contains recommendations that will guide the provincial government in policy areas and strengthen Ontario’s local governments in an environment of change and uncertainty. We recommend the government...





Bill 132’s Proposed Line Fences Act Repeal Withdrawn
2019-12-16 9:43:38 AM

During consultations for Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act , AMCTO submitted comments on the proposed repeal of the Line Fences Act . Following review by the Standing Committee on General Government, the Bill received Royal Assent without the proposed re...





FCM Releases Recommendations for Federal Government’s First 100 Days
2019-11-29 11:08:44 AM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have released a report, Building Ontario Together , with recommendations for the new federal government’s first 100 days. The recommendations involve federal-municipal engagement in 15 policy areas, including: Stren...





 
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