Reports & Positions

Accountability & Transparency

Expectations are now higher than ever, and growing rapidly, for increased accountability and transparency in government. In 2014 the government of Ontario passed Bill 8, the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014, which amongst other things extended the oversight authority of the Ontario Ombudsman to cover municipalities, as well as hospitals, universities and school boards. Bill 8 is the latest in a growing accountability and transparency regime for municipalities that includes existing provincial oversight, reporting, and statutory requirements for everything from financial management to conflict of interest and local elections  


 Backgrounder: Recent Changes to Ontario's Open Meeting Rules

Over the past several months there have been a number of changes to Ontario’s open meeting rules as a result of Bill 68, and a recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. This backgrounder provides a brief overview of some of the changes to Ontario’s closed meeting rules.

 Policy Brief: Accountability & Transparency In the Wake of Bill 8

In this Policy & Management Brief, findings from a joint AMO and AMCTO survey reveal that municipalities are unprepared and reticent about requirements related to new accountability and transparency measures in the Bill 8 legislation.

 Survey Results - Municipal Preparedness for Bill 8

In 2016 AMCTO and AMO partnered to conduct a survey of municipal CAOs to assess readiness for requirements outlined in Bill 8. The survey examined a range of issues from the use of accountability officers, to codes of conduct, records retention and complaints tracking.

 Bill 8 Q&A

Bill 8, the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, is a piece of omnibus legislation that expanded the jurisdiction of the Ontario Ombudsman to include municipalities, universities, school boards, and hospitals. This Q&A seeks to answer key questions about how this legislation will affect municipalities.