AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Ontario Fall 2020 Budget
2020-11-05 6:01:42 PM

Minister of Finance, Rod Phillips,with his new Budget shoes , presented a long awaited 2020 Budget entitled Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support and Recover . He also introduced legislation to implement Budget measures and to amend and repeal various acts (details on th...





2021 OMPF announcement
2020-10-30 10:47:35 AM

Check your inboxes folks. In keeping with the commitment made by the premier at the 2020 AMO Conference , on October 29th, the Province confirmed the maintenance of its $500 million funding envelope for the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) for 2021. In 2021, the...





Ontario Launches ICIP Resiliency Stream
2020-10-29 10:53:17 AM

On October 28th, 2020, the Province launched Ontario’s COVID-19 Resiliency Stream which provides funding for certain infrastructure projects for municipalities as well as education and long-term care through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) . This mu...





Bill 218: Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020
2020-10-20 5:45:06 PM

On October 20th, 2020, the Government introduced  Bill 218:  Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020 ,   which would "provide liability protection for workers, volunteers and organizations that make an honest effort to follow public health guidelines a...





Regulatory Registry Posting: Limiting Municipalities from Regulating Noise
2020-10-08 10:34:03 AM

Under Bill 215, Main Street Recovery Act , 2020 Consultation Timeline: October 7 2020 - November 21 2020 (45 days) Ministry: Municipal Affairs and Housing Further details and to comment:  https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-2514    As noted in this blog post , throu...





Bill 215: Main Street Recovery Act, 2020
2020-10-07 4:21:56 PM

*Note: this post has been edited to make more direct links to a post on EBR consultation on matters related to this bill. On October 7 2020, the Province introduced Bill 215, Main Street Recovery Act, 2020 which forms part of Ontario’s Main Street Recovery Plan mean...





COVID-19 Update: Face Coverings and Additional Health Measures
2020-10-06 9:13:21 AM

On Friday, October 2nd, the Province announced additional measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. While a number of municipalities have mandatory mask by-laws , the Province has made amendments O. Reg 364/20  (Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under the  Reopening Ontario...





COVID-19 Updates: Pre-Screening and Province's Plan for the Second Wave
2020-10-01 10:14:46 AM

Note: this blog post has been edited to include clarification of the below update on pre-screening.  It has been a particularly busy and newsworthy couple of weeks! And it's October already! We hope everyone is managing well and taking care of themselves. Here are a co...





Ontario Fall Pre Budget Submission Process is Open
2020-09-30 1:28:22 PM

As you may be aware, the Province of Ontario has indicated that it will deliver a Fall Budget no later than November 15th 2020. This is a bit of a different process than normal, as we usually expect a Fall Economic Statement at this time of year. Also known as FES (pronounced ...





MPAC Decision on 2021 Municipal Levy
2020-09-24 2:34:13 PM

In consultation with MPAC’s Municipal Liaison Group, MPAC has reviewed its priorities, strategies and approaches to delivering services and supports to municipalities and property owners. As a result, and in direct recognition that the pandemic has caused municipalities a numb...





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