AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Ontario Introduces School Bus Safety Measures
2019-05-01 12:51:42 PM

The provincial government is introducing new measures to target drivers who threaten the safety of children crossing roads to their school or home.  This includes making school bus camera footage admissible in court without a witness present as evidence in cases relating t...

AGCO Updates Lottery Licensing Policy Manual
2019-04-29 2:52:10 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has updated the Lottery Licensing Policy Manual (LLPM) to provide greater flexibility for charities and ease the administrative burden.  The changes to the Manual that are of note to local governments are the eliminatio...

AMO Launching a Municipal Cannabis Cost Survey
2019-03-28 6:01:42 PM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) is launching a Municipal Cannabis Cost Survey to monitor and evaluate the impacts of cannabis legalization. This survey will gather data on the fiscal impacts of recreational cannabis legalization, including trends in costs over...

Ontario Private Cannabis Retail Store Openings Delayed
2019-03-26 9:37:49 AM

The Ontario Government yesterday confirmed that the province's process to set up private cannabis retail stores is taking longer than predicated. Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli said that customers will have to "wait and see" which of the 25 private retailers who were granted ...

Government to Assist with Recreational Cannabis Costs
2019-01-23 3:41:10 PM

Through the Ontario Cannabis Legalization Implementation Fund , the Ontario government is providing a payment of $15 million to its municipalities by the end of February to assist with the cost of legalizing cannabis and combatting the illegal market. This is the second o...

AGCO Reminder Regarding Ontario’s Private Cannabis Retail Stores
2019-01-11 4:09:52 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) today distributed letters to all CAOs and Clerks in Ontario municipalities regarding the implementation of the province's private cannabis retail stores.  To municipalities who have not yet notified the AGCO of their decision to opt ...

Ontario to Phase In Cannabis Retail Licensing
2018-12-19 7:46:42 PM

Last week Attorney General Caroline Mulroney and Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli released a statement announcing that Ontario’s private retail cannabis stores will open in phases due to the nation-wide cannabis shortage.  During the provincial government’s initial phase, up...

Government Announces Grants to Help Police Keep Communities Safe
2018-11-29 2:56:23 PM

The Ontario Government yesterday announced grants of $1.5 million to help police forces across the province fight human trafficking, disrupt outlaw motorcycle gang activity, support victims and address mental health issues in their communities.  Administered through the Ci...

Free Webinar on Municipal Responsibilities in the Private Cannabis Retail Sector
2018-11-21 2:51:15 PM

On Tuesday November 27, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission is hosting a free webinar for municipal staff that will focus on issues surrounding the municipal regulatory and operational responsibilities in the privately run cannabis retail sector.  This webinar will take plac...

Best Practices for Cannabis Legalization
2018-11-19 2:51:36 PM

On November 8, AMCTO hosted a forum on the legalization of recreational cannabis. Participants at the forum discussed a range of best-practices for private retail sales of recreational cannabis, including topics related to by-laws, licensing, zoning, and enforcement.   The...

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