AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Ontario 2021 Budget
2021-03-24 5:58:19 PM

Today Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board Peter Bethlenfalvy presented his first Budget and the Government’s second during the pandemic: Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy . Overview The 2021 Budget has two core pillars...

Ontario Provincial Budget Date set
2021-03-11 12:09:21 PM

Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy, announced today that he would be tabling the provincial budget on Wednesday March 24th 2021.  This will be the first budget delivered by the Minister Bethlenfalvy since taking on the responsibility...

Additional Funds for Audit and Accountability Program
2021-03-04 1:31:23 PM

Catching up on some news from this week: On March 1st 2021, the Province announced additional dollars towards the Audit and Accountability Fund. As you know, this Fund is to help large municipalities find better and more efficient ways to operate and save taxpayers' dollars...

Additional Operating Support to Municipalities
2021-03-04 11:23:50 AM

On March 4th 2021, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark and Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy announced $500 million to support operating pressures faced by 444 municipalities as a result of COVID-19 in 2021. Intere...

AMCTO 2021 Pre-Budget Submission
2021-02-19 12:40:31 PM

2021 is shaping up to be another atypical year. Therefore, AMCTO's ideas and recommendations that formed our 2021 Pre-Budget Submission are also somewhat atypical from our usual approach. Our recommendations are divided into two parts: Small but impactful actions that c...

AMCTO Participates in 2021 ROMA Conference
2021-01-27 12:46:14 PM

Another year, another ROMA conference, this time virtually. AMCTO staff were in attendance at the virtual conference with the theme Connecting Rural Ontario.   Below are a few highlights that may be of interest to our members. We even got a shout out from Lisa Thompson, Mi...

2021 Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund
2021-01-25 3:45:59 PM

During the 2021 ROMA conference today, the Premier announced a $200 million investment for the 2021 Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF). Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott also announced the funding separately.  OCIF provides funding to municipalities with pop...

Provincial Pre-Budget Consultation Launches
2021-01-18 3:33:42 PM

The Province officially launched it's 2021 Pre-Budget Submission process late Friday, January 15th. This will be the first Budget of Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy, who replaced MPP Rod Phillips who resigned from Cabinet in December...

Phase 2 Safe Restart Agreement Funding
2020-12-16 12:55:07 PM

On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, the Province announced the release of the second phase of funding under the  Safe Restart Agreement . To help ensure that municipalities do not carry operating deficits into 2021, the Province in partnership with the federal government is provi...

COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream Now Open
2020-11-17 3:00:46 PM

Back on October 29th, we blogged that the Province had announced a new COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream which formed part of  the Investing in Community Infrastructure Program (ICIP), with more details forthcoming. Today, the Province announced that it is now acc...

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