AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Minister Clark Provides Reporting Burden Update at AMO Conference
2019-08-20 6:11:02 PM

Today at the annual Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) conference, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark discussed the reporting burden file – one of AMCTO’s key policy priorities since 2017. Building off Premier Ford’s address yesterday, Minister ...

AMCTO’s Issue at a Glance: Voters’ List Now Available
2019-07-30 9:33:55 AM

In light of Elections Ontario recent report containing recommendations to improve the municipal voters’ list, AMCTO has released a second edition of its Issue at a Glance briefing note series on the Voters’ List.   Elections Ontario’s report, Modernizing Ontario’s Elect...

MAG Opens Consultations for Joint and Several Liability
2019-07-17 10:19:38 AM

Following the announcement at the end of January at the annual Rural Ontario Municipalities Association (ROMA) by Premier Doug Ford, the Ministry of the Attorney General for Ontario has opened up consultations on joint and several liability, insurance costs, and the affect ‘li...

AMCTO Releases Updated Voters’ List Position Paper
2019-06-05 1:57:40 PM

AMCTO is pleased to release an updated version of its 2015 Voters’ List position paper entitled Modernizing the Voters' List . We generally support the call from Ontario’s Chief Electoral Officer, Greg Essensa, to improve the municipal voters’ list by: Establishin...

AMCTO Advocacy Win: Elections Ontario Recommends Changes to the Voters' List
2019-04-18 11:27:49 AM

AMCTO has released the following statement in response to the Elections Ontario's report on fixing the voters list:  AMCTO today applauded the report tabled by Ontario's Chief Electoral Officer, Greg Essensa, Modernizing Ontario's Electoral Process , which includes 13 t...

2019 Federal Budget Update
2019-03-21 1:39:07 PM

On Tuesday, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the 2019 federal budget with a projected $19.8 billion deficit.  This budget spending plan targeted the middle class and focused largely on investments in infrastructure, including affordable housing, broadband ac...

AMCTO Supports AMO's Position on the Construction Act
2019-03-12 3:57:59 PM

AMCTO is lending its support to the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) regarding concerns municipal governments have with the recently amended Construction Act and its force date of October 1, 2019.  AMCTO is providing a letter of support to the Ministry of th...

AMCTO Supports MFOA's Positions on Development Charges
2019-03-12 1:32:31 PM

AMCTO is lending its support to the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario's (MFOA) recommendations to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing regarding the risk of reduced development charge revenues for local governments.  As the association has historic...

AMCTO Submits Feedback on Proposed Reforms to Commissioners and Notaries
2019-02-28 10:12:55 AM

AMCTO has submitted feedback to the Ministry of the Attorney General regarding the consultation around the proposed amendments to the system of appointments for notaries public and commissioners for taking affidavits.  The Attorney General is responsible for appointing com...

AMCTO Supports SWIFT's Application of Appeal to the CRTC
2019-02-04 3:43:18 PM

AMCTO is lending its support to SWIFT’s application of appeal to the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on funding broadband across Canada and Ontario.  SWIFT is a municipally led initiative that seeks to provide broadband access across South...

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