AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Health Minister Announces Advisor on Public Health and Emergency Health Servi...
2019-10-11 8:02:57 AM

As part of the provincial government’s plan to change way public health and emergency health services operate, Health and Long-Term Care Minister Christine Elliott has announced that Jim Pine will take on the role of advisor for consulting on modernizing public health and e...





Ministry Surveying Municipalities on Gas Tax Fund
2019-10-08 9:31:08 AM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) last week reported that the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is surveying local governments to help determine how well the Ontario Gas Tax is meeting the needs of expanding and improving municipal transit. The Ministr...





Applications for Connecting Links Program Open
2019-10-04 1:52:07 PM

Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney, earlier this week  announced that the Ontario Government has opened applications for the next round of the Connecting Links program for new projects in eligible municipalities starting in spring 2020. The Connecting...





AMCTO Supports AMO on Joint and Several Liability Reform
2019-10-03 3:16:46 PM

Earlier this year, Attorney General Doug Downey invited municipalities to comment on the existing joint and several liability system. In August, President Dean Sauriol discussed this issue with the Attorney General in a delegation at the annual AMO Conference, noting that l...





2019 Federal Election: A Municipal Perspective
2019-10-03 12:58:58 PM

On October 21st and the weeks leading up, Canadians will head to the polls and vote in the country’s 43 rd federal election. AMCTO has examined the three Election Party Platforms released to date (Liberals, NDP, Greens) with the Conservatives yet to release their platform bu...





Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Raises Concerns over Sidewalk La...
2019-09-30 3:15:12 PM

Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) Brian Beamish in a letter  written to the Chairman of the smart city Waterfront Toronto project expressed concern over a proposed ‘Urban Data Trust’. Sidewalk Labs’, a Google-affiliated company heading the development p...





FCM and Insurance Bureau of Canada Issue Report Estimating Cost of Climate Ch...
2019-09-27 11:55:29 AM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) yesterday released a report outlining the estimated cost of adapting public infrastructure to the realities of climate change. Supported by research from Green Analytics (GA), the st...





AGCO Announces Changes in Regulation Affecting Licensed Manufacturers
2019-09-27 11:05:18 AM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission today (AGCO) announced the Ontario government has approved two changes to regulation that increase the hours of sale for liquor manufacturers and increases flexibility for wineries that sell at Farmers’ Markets. These changes are part of t...





Minister Clark Receives Regional Government Review Report
2019-09-26 11:35:04 AM

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark yesterday received the regional governance review report but reiterated that the report will not at this point be released publicly. The review examines service delivery, governance and decision-making structures in the...





Ontario Proposing to Amend Building Code Services
2019-09-24 3:52:23 PM

The Ontario government is proposing to create an administrative authority related to the province's Building Code, which the government says will help speed up the construction of new housing and building projects. This will affect the Building Code Act, 1992 , which go...





 
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