AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Ontario Announces Gas Tax Funding
2022-01-21 4:48:07 PM

The Provincial government has announced Gas Tax Funding allocations. The government is providing $375.6 million to the 107 municipalities across the province that operate local transit. The funding can be used to extend service hours, buy transit vehicles, add routes, improve ...

FCM's Vision for Canada's Recovery
2021-12-13 10:02:44 AM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has released their vision for Canada’s recovery with recommendations for the 44 th Parliament. The document, Partners for Canada’s Recovery , offers non-partisan local solutions to tackle some of Canada’s biggest challenges inc...

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...

Ontario Launches Verify Ontario App
2021-10-15 12:20:14 PM

On October 15 th , the Province announced the launch Verify Ontario App , billed as a temporary measure, which will be used by businesses and organizations to verify proof of vaccine through the scanning of a QR Code. The App is being made available for businesses and organiz...

Ontario’s Legislature is Back in Session
2021-10-05 9:23:44 AM

Yesterday Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell read the Speech from the Throne, opening the second session of the 42nd Parliament. The Speech outlined the Provincial Government’s legislative objectives for the next 8 months, with the next Provincial Election set for June ...

Municipal Construction Noise Bylaws Coming Back Into Effect
2021-10-01 9:56:50 AM

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Province made regulations under the City of Toronto Act, 2006 ( O.Reg. 130/20 ) and the Municipal Act, 2001 ( O.Reg. 131/20 ) that temporarily limit municipalities from regulating construction noise from healthcare-sector-related a...

Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings
2021-09-01 2:35:17 PM

The Government of Ontario announced today that it will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings starting September 22, 2021. Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 da...

Update on Vital Statistics Act
2021-08-24 11:41:40 AM

The Office of the Registrar General (ORG) sent a memo on August 23, 2021 to Funeral Directors via the Bereavement Authority of Ontario regarding Coroner Investigators’ permanent authority to sign and copy Medical Certificates of Death. Effective August 18, 2021 changes to ...

Update on Marriage Licence Services
2021-07-26 1:47:58 PM

The Ontario Registrar General (ORG) has sent a recent memo with important updates for Ontario Marriage Licence Issuers to be aware of.   Extended Validity Periods  As a follow up to their memo sent on  April 30, 2021 , the ORG is providing the end date for the third extende...

New Paper on AI and the Municipal Sector
2021-07-19 9:48:45 AM

StrategyCorp released a white paper on Artificial Intelligence and the municipal sector. Author, Michael Fenn, explores this "distributive technology" in the context of both disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic wherein the municipal sector had to be agile and adap...

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