AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Province Engaging Municipalities on Locations for Sale of Recreational Cannabis
2017-10-30 3:34:37 PM

On Friday the province sent letters to all municipalities in Ontario to begin the process of identifying locations for retail stores that will sell recreational cannabis. According to the letter, the process will be led by the LCBO. In making its decisions about where to loca...

Alberta Unveils Cannabis Legalization Plan
2017-10-05 11:00:00 AM

Yesterday, the Government of Alberta unveiled its proposed plan for the legalization and sale of recreational cannabis. Key features of the plan include:  Establishing a minimum age of 18 to buy or use cannabis Allowing public possession of 30 grams (purc...

Federal Government Plans to Levy Cannabis Tax
2017-10-05 9:30:00 AM

The federal government announced this week at a meeting of provincial premiers that it plans to impose a 10-percent federal tax on sales of recreational cannabis. According to the government and media sources, the tax would be set at $1 per gram on purchases under $10 and 10 ...

Ontario Creates Opioid Task Force
2017-10-04 6:00:15 PM

The province announced today that it is establishing an Opioid Emergency Task Force to better coordinate the government's response to the opioid crisis. The group, which will be comprised of frontline workers and people with lived experience with opioids, will advise the gover...

Government Proposing New Tougher Impaired Driving Laws
2017-09-20 2:21:30 PM

The Ministry of Transportation announced new measures this week that would make drug impaired driving laws even tougher. The new measures are designed to toughen Ontario's impaired driving laws ahead of the legalization of recreational cannabis in July of 2018. The new rules w...

Province Announces Plan for Cannabis Sales
2017-09-11 2:32:44 PM

On Friday the province announced that it will create a network of government-run retail outlets, overseen by the LCBO, to sell recreational cannabis after it becomes legal on July 1, 2018. The government's plan to have 40 store-front distribution venues in place by next year ...

Ontario Launches Inquiry Into Safety of Long-term Care Homes
2017-08-10 5:45:03 PM

Ontario's Attorney General has appointed Ontario Justice Eileen Gillese to lead an independent public inquiry into the oversight of long-term care homes in Ontario. Specifically, Justice Gillese has been tasked with reviewing whether or not systemic issues have contributed to ...

Province Consulting on Cannabis Legalization 
2017-07-12 11:09:52 AM

The government of Ontario has launched its consultations on cannabis legalization. In April of 2017 the federal government introduced legislation that would legalize recreational cannabis and require provinces and territories to create a framework for regulating the distribut...

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...

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