AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Ontario Health Privacy Protections Contained in Bill 188
2020-04-03 2:40:23 PM

Last week, the government passed Bill 188, the Economic and Fiscal Outlook Act, which largely focuses on supporting Ontario’s health care system, economy, and people amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Bill, however, also includes amendments to the Freedom of Informatio...





Waterfront Toronto Delays Approval on Smart City Project
2020-02-17 6:18:08 PM

The Board of Directors of Waterfront Toronto have voted to delay the deadline decision on the Sidewalk Labs’ smart city from March 31 st to May 20 th . Waterfront Toronto has said the delay was to allow the public to more time to provide feedback on the project. Sidewalks...





Ministry of Health Announces Digital-First Health Plan
2019-11-19 2:27:09 PM

Minister of Health Christine Elliot has announced plans relating to the province’s “digital first” health-care transformation plan, which the government says will help end hallway health care by offering more choices. The five pillars of the Digital First for Health Strate...





Sidewalk Labs Releases Plan Detailing Data Collection and Use
2019-11-18 8:18:32 PM

Sidewalk Labs has released a proposed plan, the Digital Innovation Appendix (DIA), detailing how the smart technology would be implemented and how data would be collected and used in the Quayside Toronto project. The plan is based on the core principles that were agreed up...





Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs Moving Forward with Smart City Project
2019-10-31 2:01:29 PM

Following a vote by its Board of Directors yesterday, Waterfront Toronto has come to an agreement (or Statement of Principles as it is sometimes referred to as) with Sidewalk Labs to continue with the smart city development project on the city’s eastern waterfront. Had no agr...





Ontario Releases Final Data Strategy Paper on Better, Smarter Government
2019-10-24 1:23:37 PM

The Ontario government has released its third and final data strategy discussion paper, which focuses on how the government can manage and share data more effectively. This discussion paper, entitled “ Better, Smarter Government ” describes three areas where a Data First S...





Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Raises Concerns over Sidewalk La...
2019-09-30 3:15:12 PM

Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) Brian Beamish in a letter  written to the Chairman of the smart city Waterfront Toronto project expressed concern over a proposed ‘Urban Data Trust’. Sidewalk Labs’, a Google-affiliated company heading the development p...





Ontario Government Releases Second Discussion Paper on Data Strategy
2019-09-23 3:40:53 PM

As part of the government's ongoing consultations to update Ontario's Data Strategy, a second discussion paper has been released, which will be available for comment until October 9 th , 2019. This discussion paper focuses on economic benefits and explores where Ontario sh...





Saskatoon Falls Victim to $1 Million Cyber Attack
2019-08-26 2:52:36 PM

On August 15 th , Saskatoon’s city manager Jeff Jorgenson announced that the city had been the victim of a cyber-attack. Jorgenson said a fraudster impersonated a local construction company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and asked for a change in banking information. The ...





Ontario Begins Second Round of Consultations on Updated Data Strategy
2019-07-31 12:18:57 PM

The Ontario government is beginning its second phase of consultations on the province’s Data Strategy, which is due to be released at the end of the year.   The government has also made available a Discussion Paper that is available for comment during this round of consu...





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