AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
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...

Budget Bill: 229: Protect, Support and Recover From COVID-19 Act
2020-11-13 1:38:21 PM

We have  already blogged  about several measures announced as part of the Fall 2020 Budget. This post will focus on  Bill 229: Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), 2020,  which contains 44 Schedules that would make amendments to several Acts.   S...

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...

Improving Broadband and Cellular Access
2020-11-04 2:39:32 PM

Ahead of November 5th Fall 2020 Budget , the Province released some more information about it's investment to improve and expand broadband and cellular access. AMCTO's pre-budget submission emphasized the need for broadband infrastructure investments.  The Province is comm...

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...

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