AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Update on Marriage Licence Services
2021-05-04 9:49:36 AM

The Ontario Registrar General (ORG) has sent two recent memos with important updates for Ontario Marriage Licence Issuers to be aware of.   New Interim Tool  The ORG’s April 15, 2021 memo is regarding an interim tool developed by ServiceOntario for municipalities that are c...

Ontario Adds Additional Enforcement of Stay-at-Home Order
2021-04-20 7:29:04 AM

On Friday, April 16th, the Ontario Government announced additional enforcement measures for the Province’s Stay-at-Home order while imposing new travel restrictions and further strengthening public health measures.   Both the provincial declaration of emergency and the  Stay...

Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order
2021-04-07 4:44:40 PM

The Ontario government announced today that it is declaring a third provincial emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic under s 7.0.1 (1) of the  Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.  A province-wide Stay-at-Home order has been issued effective April 8 at 12:01am....

Third Wave Province-wide Shutdown Announced
2021-04-01 3:07:43 PM

The Ontario government announced today that they are imposing a province-wide emergency brake as a result of a surge in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province. The brake will take effect as of April 3rd at 12:01am. As a result,   COVID-19 Shutdown  mea...

Ontario 2021 Budget
2021-03-24 5:58:19 PM

Today Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board Peter Bethlenfalvy presented his first Budget and the Government’s second during the pandemic: Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy . Overview The 2021 Budget has two core pillars...

Update on Marriage Licence Services
2021-03-22 9:16:53 AM

As a follow up to their memo sent on February 8, 2021 , the Ontario Registrar General (ORG) sent a memo on March 17, 2021 to Ontario Marriage Licence Issuers. Validity Period The second province-wide emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act decl...

Additional Operating Support to Municipalities
2021-03-04 11:23:50 AM

On March 4th 2021, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark and Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy announced $500 million to support operating pressures faced by 444 municipalities as a result of COVID-19 in 2021. Intere...

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...

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