AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
New Report on Local Government in Rural Ontario
2023-01-10 5:06:39 PM

University of Guelph Professor Ryan Gibson and PhD student John Dale recently a published a new report titled, “Do more, with less: The realities of local government in rural Ontario”. The research interviewed staff and elected officials of eight rural communities in Ontario. ...

Federal Fall Economic Statement
2022-11-04 11:32:57 AM

Yesterday Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, released the 2022 Fall Economic Statement , with a focus on building an economy that works for everyone. The statement outlines the government’s plan to help Canadians cope with increasing costs, ma...

Spring Red Tape Reduction Package Announced
2022-02-24 10:55:38 AM

The Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction has introduced the Spring 2022 Red Tape Reduction Package, the Fewer Fees, Better Services Act, 2022 . If passed, this Act will make changes to several pieces of legislation including the Liquor Licence and C...

2022 ROMA Conference Highlights
2022-01-26 4:26:09 PM

The 2022 ROMA Conference has come and gone! AMCTO was pleased to attend the conference and share that we had productive Government delegations with Associate Minister of Digital Government Kaleed Rasheed, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education Sam Oosterhoff as ...

Ontario Launches Virtual 2022 Budget Consultations
2022-01-17 2:19:59 PM

Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy has announced the launch of the 2022 Budget consultations and is encouraging Ontarians to share their ideas for making Ontario a better place to build a career, a family and a future. People and organizations are welcome to share their...

2021 Fall Economic Statement
2021-11-04 4:23:19 PM

Today Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy released the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario . The plan lays out how the Government intends to build the foundation for Ontario’s recovery by focusing on infrastructure, attracting investment and rest...

Small Business Property Subclass Report
2021-10-29 11:30:59 AM

As you may recall, in the 2020 Ontario Budget , the Province announced a new optional small business property subclass. Amendments were filed on May 7, 2021 to O. Reg. 282/98 under the Assessment Act , O. Reg. 73/03 under the Municipal Act, 2001 and O. Reg. 121/07 un...

Craft Beer Sales Permitted at Farmer's Markets
2021-10-15 1:20:19 PM

As previously announced in the 2021 Ontario budget, the Province is allowing eligible local brewers to sell their products at farmers’ markets making it so that craft beer can now be sold alongside eligible wines, distilled spirits and ciders. Licensed eligible brewers must...

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 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...

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