AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
2020 Federal Speech From the Throne
2020-09-24 11:30:01 AM

On September 23, 2020, the House of Commons returned for a new session after prorogation and began with a Speech from the Throne which is the 150th since Confederation according to CBC News .  2020 Federal Throne Speech The  throne speech focused  on four pillars. Some ...





2020 AMO Conference Highlights
2020-08-25 1:11:58 PM

AMCTO staff attended the 2020 AMO Conference. It  looked a little different this year: using multiple platforms, AMO held a virtual conference with (most of) the usual activities expected from the largest municipal conference in Canada. We are pleased to report that we had ...





Province Extends Most Orders under Reopening Ontario Act
2020-08-20 9:53:38 AM

The Province announced on August 20 2020 that in consultations with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, it is extending Orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act 2020 (ROA). The ROA, passed before the Legislature rose for...





Premier Ford addresses delegates at 2020 AMO (Virtual) Conference
2020-08-17 10:33:23 AM

This morning, Premier Doug Ford addressed delegates at the 2020 AMO Conference. As you may know the conference is being delivered virtually this year.  The Premier's address focussed primarily on the COVID Pandemic and support for economic recovery. Premier Ford highligh...





Announcement: Phase 1 Funding for Municipalities under Safe Restart Agreement
2020-08-12 4:24:30 PM

On August 12th 2020, the Province announced the allocation of $1.6 billion in first phase emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement with the federal government, to be distributed this Fall. As AMCTO blogged  about previously, the funding under the Agreement is t...





Announcement: ICIP Changes for Pandemic-Resilient Infrastructure
2020-08-05 4:46:19 PM

On August 5th, Canada's Minister of Infrastructure and Communities announced adjustments to the ICIP to introduce a COVID-10 Resilience stream so that provinces and territories can use federal funding to act quickly on a wider range of more pandemic-resilient infrastructure ...





New Reg: Administering Oath or Declaration Remotely
2020-08-04 4:14:16 PM

The Province has published O.Reg 431/20 under the Commissioners for Taking Affidavits Act.  As you may know, the Act was amended through Bill 190, COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020  through which the Government made amendments to several pieces...





Announcement: Funding for Municipalities under the Safe Restart Agreement
2020-07-28 5:03:03 PM

On July 27 2020, the Province announced $4 billion in funding for Ontario municipalities through the Safe Restart Agreement which contributes federal and provincial funds to offset municipal operational costs ( $777 million federal + $1.22 billion provincial = $ 2 billion ) a...





Ontario Legislature Rises for the Summer
2020-07-27 12:45:33 PM

The Ontario Legislature rose for the summer on July 21 st and is expected to resume September 14th, 2020. A busy few months with various COVID related measures put in place, the following government bills were passed and received Royal Assent before the Legislature rose: ...





Regulation Changes – Liquor Delivery and Service on Licenced Boats
2020-07-20 11:12:15 AM

On July 16 th 2020, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario released two information bulletins on regulatory changes under the Liquor Licence Act (LLA). To assist the hospitality and tourism sector, amendments were made to Regulation 719 of the Act which allows Lice...





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