AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Regulatory Registry Posting: Modernizing Privacy in Ontario
2021-07-07 4:15:37 PM

Consultation Timeline: June 17, 2021 – August 3, 2021 (45 days) Ministry: Government and Consumer Services Further details and to comment: https://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=37468&language=en The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS...





Ontario's Digital and Data Strategy: A Digital Ontario
2021-05-20 2:55:26 PM

At the end of April, the Province released   Building a Digital Ontario , its digital and data strategy that forms part of the Ontario Onward Action Plan. The vision of the strategy is to “make Ontario the world’s leading digital jurisdiction”. There are several object...





Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario Strategic Priorities 2021-202...
2021-04-22 6:08:44 PM

The Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) has released a  final report  announcing its strategic priorities for 2021-2025. AMCTO participated in the IPC’s consultation on these priorities by providing a  submission  in January 2021.   Our submission was focussed on thre...





Information and Privacy Commissioner Launches Consultation on Priorities
2020-12-16 1:20:23 PM

The Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) launched a consultation process to help identify what should be the IPC’s strategic priorities over the next five years. They want to know what are the most pressing access and privacy issues facing Ontarians, now and into the fu...





Reminder: accessibility deadlines for websites and web content
2020-09-14 2:52:31 PM

As Ontario moves towards full compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in 2025, there is a looming deadline for websites and web content that impacts public sector organizations.  By January 1, 2021, public sector organizations must ensur...





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...





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