AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
2023 ROMA Conference Highlights
2023-01-25 2:12:25 PM

AMCTO was pleased to participate in the first in-person ROMA Conference since 2020! We participated in the trade show, took part in delegation meetings to advance our advocacy priorities, and attended concurrent and plenary sessions. It was great to connect with municipal coll...

Advocacy Update: Calling for Return to the Assessment Cycle
2023-01-18 11:49:09 AM

As you'll recall, the province postponed property assessments during the COVID-19 pandemic. While this rationale was understood, continued delay is have effects on municipal finances. AMCTO and other municipal associations were disappointed that the Fall Economic Statement...

2023 OMPF Allocations Announced
2022-11-09 3:36:22 PM

The Ontario government has announced its 2023 funding allocations under the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) . The government is maintaining the program envelope at $500 million, where it has been since 2020. AMCTO continues to advocate for stable and predictable ...

Bill 3, Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act receives Royal Assent
2022-09-08 12:23:17 PM

Today, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario held the third-reading vote on Bill 3, Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act . The Bill passed with 74 ayes and 31 nays. The Bill will come into effect on November 15, 2022, the first day of office for new Councils. AMCTO shared our c...

2022 AMO Conference Highlights
2022-08-18 12:58:00 PM

The 2022 AMO conference was back in-person this year and we were pleased to participate in the three-day-long conference hosted by the City of Ottawa. Between taking part in the tradeshow, advancing our advocacy priorities at delegations meetings, and attending sessions and po...

Government Introduces Strong Mayors Legislation
2022-08-11 9:53:53 AM

On August 10, 2022 Minister Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, introduced Bill 3: Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act . If passed, the Act would give the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa additional powers including to:  Appoint municipal CAOs and other no...

Premier Ford Appoints Cabinet
2022-06-29 9:24:25 AM

On Friday, June 24 th , Premier Ford unveiled his new cabinet, keeping many existing members, appointing some returning caucus members to cabinet for the first time, and rewarding some of the newest MPPs. Of particular interest to AMCTO and the municipal sector are the foll...

IMFG Paper on Municipalities and Intergovernmental Relations
2022-05-24 1:58:05 PM

The Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) has recently released: A Seat at the Table: Municipalities and Intergovernmental Relations in Canada by Tomas Hachard exploring how Canada’s intergovernmental infrastructure could be reformed to include municipalities....

Ontario Election Called for June 2nd
2022-05-04 10:01:02 AM

The Premier has visited Lt Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and advised that parliament should be dissolved. Accepting this advice  yesterday, the Lt Governor ordered that the election writs be drawn up and issued- as Steve Paikin has informed, writs are not dropped , despite t...

2022 Federal Budget
2022-04-12 2:07:33 PM

On Thursday, April 7, 2022 Canadian Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled Budget 2022: A Plan to Grow our Economy and Make Life More Affordable . The budget had 3 main pillars: Investments in people including housing, immigration, reconc...

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