AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Craft Beer Sales Permitted at Farmer's Markets
2021-10-15 1:20:19 PM

As previously announced in the 2021 Ontario budget, the Province is allowing eligible local brewers to sell their products at farmers’ markets making it so that craft beer can now be sold alongside eligible wines, distilled spirits and ciders. Licensed eligible brewers must...





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 Human Rights Commission engages the public to develop a new policy on...
2021-10-14 1:59:35 PM

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is seeking the public’s input on the development a new policy statement on the discriminatory display of names, words and images. The purpose of the policy statement is to: Recognize the enduring impact of colonialism on Indi...





Government announces Fall Red Tape Reduction Package
2021-10-08 4:07:24 PM

On Thursday, October 7 th , Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, announced Ontario’s Fall Red Tape Reduction Package and introduced the Supporting People and Business Act . The Bill contains several proposed changes to existing legi...





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...





New IMFG Paper on Indigenous-Municipal Relationships
2021-09-27 1:23:44 PM

The Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) has released a paper describing evolving municipal relationships with Indigenous Peoples and calling attention to an urgent need to review Indigenous-municipal relationships across Canada. The paper argues that munici...





FAO Review of Ontario’s Municipal Infrastructure
2021-09-16 9:04:46 AM

The Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) has released a report that reviews the infrastructure assets owned by Ontario’s municipalities, estimates their current replacement value and condition and the costs to bring these assets into a state of good repair in 202...





Regulatory Registry Posting: Regulatory proposal under the Building Code Act,...
2021-09-13 5:09:31 PM

Under the Building Code Act, 1992 Consultation Timeline: September 8, 2021 - October 23, 2021 Ministry: Municipal Affairs and Housing Further details and to comment: https://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=38767&language=en The Ministry of Municip...





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...





 
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