AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Update on Marriage Licence Services
2021-02-10 1:20:06 PM

On February 8 2021, the Ontario Registrar General (ORG) sent a communication to Ontario Marriage Licence Issuers. Validity Period As you may be aware, amendments to the Marriage Act came into force in August 2020  which allowed for the extension of the marriage licence va...





Update on Stay at Home Order and Gradual Return to Response Framework
2021-02-08 3:39:40 PM

The Province announced on Monday, February 8 th ,  that it would gradually transition out of shutdown measures based on a regional approach, as outlined in a revised COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open. Additionally, the shutdown measures and Stay-at-H...





AMCTO Participates in 2021 ROMA Conference
2021-01-27 12:46:14 PM

Another year, another ROMA conference, this time virtually. AMCTO staff were in attendance at the virtual conference with the theme Connecting Rural Ontario.   Below are a few highlights that may be of interest to our members. We even got a shout out from Lisa Thompson, Mi...





Province Introduces Order to Temporarily Pause Evictions
2021-01-14 10:30:58 AM

On Thursday, January 14, with the Provincial Stay-at-Home Order now in-effect , an order to temporarily pause enforcement of residential evictions was announced. The Landlord and Tenant Board will continue to hear eviction applications and issue orders, but the enforcement...





Second Provincial Declaration of Emergency
2021-01-14 10:11:57 AM

Post has been updated Thursday, January 14th to add additional instructions from the Province.  On January 12, 2021, the Province declared its second Declaration of Emergency for the COVID-19 Pandemic under s 7.0.1 (1) of the  Emergency Management and Civil Protection ...





Province-wide Shutdown Announced
2020-12-21 2:10:11 PM

In response to increased rates of COVID-19, including hospitalizations, the Province announced today that a Province-wide shutdown would take effect as of December 26th at 12:01am. As a result, the existing  COVID-19 Response Framework  will be on pause.  The lockdown will ...





Phase 2 Safe Restart Agreement Funding
2020-12-16 12:55:07 PM

On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, the Province announced the release of the second phase of funding under the  Safe Restart Agreement . To help ensure that municipalities do not carry operating deficits into 2021, the Province in partnership with the federal government is provi...





Summary of Bills in Fall Legislative Session
2020-12-10 10:07:16 AM

It was a busy fall session for the Legislature which rose on Tuesday and won't return until February 16 2021. Below are a selection of the Government and Private Members Bills that saw some activity over the past few months which may be of interest to our members. Government...





Province Outlines Public Health Advice for the Holidays
2020-11-25 3:29:21 PM

The Province released public health advice for gatherings, ethno-cultural and festival occassions and other events based on the various zones ahead of December holidays and festivals.  Generally speaking, the Province suggests celebrating with your own household. The releas...





COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream Now Open
2020-11-17 3:00:46 PM

Back on October 29th, we blogged that the Province had announced a new COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream which formed part of  the Investing in Community Infrastructure Program (ICIP), with more details forthcoming. Today, the Province announced that it is now acc...





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