AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
AMCTO Releases 2018 Pre-budget Submission
2018-01-17 9:00:00 AM

Today AMCTO President Yvonne Robert appeared before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs during its pre-budget consultations in Ottawa to present AMCTO’s recommendations for the 2018 Ontario budget. Our submission contains the following recommendations:   ...

Bill 68 Tax Sale Regulation Takes Effect
2018-01-04 2:19:29 PM

A new regulation governing the tax sale provisions of Bill 68 came into effect on January 1, 2018. Amongst other changes, the regulation, which was filed by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs on December 21, 2018, expands the options available to municipalities when advertisin...

AMO Calls for Share of Cannabis Revenue
2017-12-04 3:02:49 PM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) is calling on the Government of Ontario to cover the costs of cannabis legalization and provide municipalities with a share of the revenues generated by cannabis sales. AMO's request is based on the potential for cannabis legaliz...

2018 OMPF Allocations Announced
2017-11-24 8:30:00 AM

Earlier this week the Ministry of Finance announced the 2018 Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) allocations. In 2018, the Government of Ontario will provide a total of $510 in unconditional funding to 389 of the province's 444 municipalities through the OMPF. See below...

OMERS Makes Key Plan Changes
2017-10-23 4:07:46 PM

OMERS has made five important changes to its Primary Pension Plan. The changes include:  Putting a limit on the amount of time a member has after leaving an OMERS employer to transfer a commuted value  Setting a waiting period between the time a member re...

MPAC Releases Updated Municipal Connect
2017-10-10 2:08:15 PM

MPAC has rolled-out an update to its Municipal Connect tool. See below for an update from MPAC:  MPAC Launches New Municipal Experience On September 18, MPAC launched the enhanced municipal experience via Municipal Connect™ to all municipalities. Recently showcased ...

Proposed Prudent Investor Regulations Posted
2017-10-10 1:44:14 PM

The government has posted a proposed regulation governing a new municipal investment regime that would allow municipalities to use prudent investment rules. The regulations cover eligibility criteria, governance, and investment approaches for multiple municipalities that want...

Bill 68 Proclamation Dates Released
2017-09-18 1:31:43 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has released scheduled proclamation dates for Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Ac t. As seen below, the provisions of Bill 68 will be implemented in two phases, with the dates for some remaining provisions still be ann...

Government Creates Climate Change Fund
2017-08-24 3:19:34 PM

Last week at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa, the Government of Ontario launched a new granting program that will invest in local municipal projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The new Municipal GHG Challenge Fund , wil...

New Paper Compares Fiscal Autonomy in 8 International Cities
2017-07-26 1:03:56 PM

A new paper examining the local fiscal autonomy of 8 large international cities suggests that while Toronto is less dependent on intergovernmental transfers than many other major cities, it has fewer tools for generating revenue. The paper, which was published by the Institute...

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