AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Ontario to Move to Step One of Reopening Plan
2021-06-08 9:59:07 AM

The Government announced yesterday that the Province will move into Step One of its   Roadmap to Reopen  at 12:01 am on Friday June 11, 2021.   Step One of the Reopening Plan focuses on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds where the risk of transmission is lower. ...





Ontario Stay-at-Home Order Expires, but Restrictions Remain
2021-06-01 7:47:14 PM

The Government confirmed today that the Stay-at-Home order will expire on June 2, 2021. All other public health and workplace measures will remain in place, including limiting indoor gatherings to households only and outdoor gatherings up to five people, subject to limited ex...





2019 AODA Annual Report
2021-06-01 2:21:14 PM

On May 21, 2021 the Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility released the 2019 Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Annual Report. This is the first report under the banner of the Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility, as the responsibility for AODA moved t...





Ontario Releases Reopening Plan
2021-05-21 12:05:27 PM

Yesterday the Ontario Government released its Roadmap to Reopen , a three-step plan to reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the province-wide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators. The Government...





Ontario's Digital and Data Strategy: A Digital Ontario
2021-05-20 2:55:26 PM

At the end of April, the Province released   Building a Digital Ontario , its digital and data strategy that forms part of the Ontario Onward Action Plan. The vision of the strategy is to “make Ontario the world’s leading digital jurisdiction”. There are several object...





Ontario Extends Stay-at-Home Order Until June 2
2021-05-13 3:57:30 PM

The Ontario Government announced today that they are extending the Stay-at-Home Order,  previously set to expire on May 19, 2021, until at least June 2, 2021. All public health and workplace safety measures under the province-wide emergency brake will also remain in effect....





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 Ombudsman on Open Meetings
2021-04-30 1:14:45 PM

Even though municipal meetings this past year have been anything but normal, it is important to remember that open meeting requirements still apply, including providing notice of meetings to the public, maintaining meeting minutes and continuing to hold meetings that are open...





Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario Strategic Priorities 2021-202...
2021-04-22 6:08:44 PM

The Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) has released a  final report  announcing its strategic priorities for 2021-2025. AMCTO participated in the IPC’s consultation on these priorities by providing a  submission  in January 2021.   Our submission was focussed on thre...





2021 Federal Budget
2021-04-20 3:59:20 PM

Yesterday Canadian Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland presented her first budget and the Federal Government’s first since the start of the pandemic:  A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience .   Overview  The  2021 Budget  addresses thre...





 
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