AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Government Announces Investment in Local Tourism
2018-12-05 10:31:18 AM

The Ontario Government yesterday announced that it is investing in festivals and events to boost local tourism and economic growth through the Celebrate Ontario 2019 program. Existing events that feature programming improvements and new events requiring programming support ma...





Accessibility Committee Seeking Feedback on Employment Standards
2018-03-27 4:25:28 PM

The Accessible Employment Standards Review Committee is conducting a survey on its recommended changes to the accessible employment standards. The accessible employment standards are a set of requirements designed to help make employment more accessible to people with disabil...





StatsCan Releases Cannabis Consumption Data
2018-01-25 5:03:21 PM

In 2017 Canadians spent $5.7 billion on cannabis for medical and non-medical purposes. The data, released this week by Statistics Canada, covers 4.9 million Canadians aged 15 to 64, and works out to approximately $1,200 per cannabis consumer. By comparison, in 2016, Canadians...





Province Releases Global Trade Strategy
2017-10-23 3:10:49 PM

The Government of Ontario has released an international trade strategy, designed to help Ontario's business community benefit from international business opportunities. The strategy also outlines a framework for the province to better work with the federal government to ensur...





Report Calls for New Process to Select Infrastructure Projects
2017-09-25 2:32:19 PM

A new report, released this week by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) and written by Michael Fenn, is calling on the government to improve the evaluation process used to select infrastructure projects. According to the report, if the combined $...





Government Releases Proposed Door-to-Door Sales Regulation
2017-07-07 11:00:00 AM

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) has posted a proposed regulation that would prevent door-to-door sales of certain products. Specifically the regulation would ban "suppliers from soliciting or entering into unsolicited contracts for prescribed goods and...





City of Toronto Proposes Regulations for Short-term Rentals
2017-06-20 4:57:20 PM

The City of Toronto has tabled its proposals for regulating short-term rentals, such as Airbnb, VRBO and others. Under the proposed new rules, property owners in Toronto would have to comply with a series of rules before making a property available for short-term rentals. The...





AGCO Hosting Teleconference on New Electronic Raffles Framework     
2017-06-16 9:19:25 AM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario is hosting a teleconference for municipalities to provide an update on its plans to launch a new regulatory framework allowing electronic raffles. Information for the call is as follows:  Good Afternoon, The Alcohol and Gami...





Government Introduces Plan to Raise Minimum Wage and Overhaul Labour Laws
2017-06-05 1:40:22 PM

Last week the government introduced its Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Plan, which if passed would raise the minimum wage and introduce an ambitious set of reforms to labour laws and practices in Ontario. In addition to raising the minimum wage to $14/hour in 2018 an...





List of Bills Passed During the Spring Session
2017-06-05 8:50:06 AM

During its spring sitting the Ontario legislature passed 17 bills, addressing a range of issues from energy, housing, and healthcare, to the economy and municipal affairs. Here is a full list of the bills passed:  Bill 27 , Burden Reduction Act  Designed to reduc...





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