AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Premier Ford To Extend State of Emergency
2020-03-30 2:40:00 PM

Amid COVID-19, Ontario Premier Ford today announced he will extend Ontario’s state of emergency for another two weeks after the current order expires tomorrow. The current emergency order prohibits organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people. Org...





OMERS 2020 Plan Review Update
2020-03-27 11:30:04 AM

Amid COVID-19, the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) is continuing with its 2020 plan review process. Based on the latest review, there are two plan changes currently being considered: Remove the current eligibility rules so that non full time emp...





AGCO Temporarily Allowing Liquor Licensees to Sell Alcohol with Takeout or De...
2020-03-26 1:18:19 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has amended Regulation 719: Licenses to Sell Liquor under the Liquor License Act to temporarily allow liquor sales licensees to sell beer, wine and spirits as part of a food order for takeout or delivery. This is effective...





Ontario Releases 2020 Fiscal Update
2020-03-25 7:27:32 PM

This afternoon, Finance Minister Rod Phillips released the provincial government’s 2020 fiscal update, Ontario’s Action Plan 2020: Responding to COVID-19. The fiscal update totals $17 billion that will go to support the healthcare system, the economy, and Ontarians amid th...





Government Implements Measures for Long-Term Care Homes Against COVID-19
2020-03-24 11:56:17 AM

The Ontario government has announced temporary measures to prevent and alleviate the outbreak of COVID-19. With this, the government has provided $50 million of emergency funding to the long-term care home sector effective immediately.  Implemented under the current provin...





Ontario Providing COVID-19 Support to Municipalities
2020-03-23 5:03:37 PM

The Ontario government has announced $200 million in COVID-19 relief funding for the province’s municipalities and social service providers. This includes shelters, food banks, emergency services, charities and non-profits. The consolidated Municipal Service Managers (CMMs...





Temporary Suspension of Noise By-Law Regulations Now Posted
2020-03-20 3:17:48 PM

O. Reg 70/20 (under the Municipal Act) and O. Reg 71/20 (under the City of Toronto Act) will temporarily suspend municipal noise by-laws to allow the grocery deliveries 24 hours a day and ensure Ontario’s supply chain is intact.  The government also passed Bill 187 which a...





AGCO Notifying Municipalities of Charitable Lotteries During COVID-19
2020-03-20 2:20:41 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is responding to requests from municipalities about pausing raffle draws and events amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The AGCO are working to be flexible in the application of the Terms and Conditions attached to current lotter...





Additional Information on Bill 187, the Municipal Emergency Act
2020-03-20 10:37:18 AM

In an emergency sitting yesterday, the provincial government unanimously passed Bill 187, the Municipal Emergency Act.   The Bill will provide municipalities the option to allow Councils, committees, and certain local boards to meet in open and closed meeting electronica...





Government Passes Legislation to Allow Councils to Meet Electronically
2020-03-19 2:44:26 PM

Amid the COVID19 outbreak, the Ontario Legislature met today in an emergency sitting and passed Bill 187, the Municipal Emergency Act, which amends the Municipal Act and City of Toronto Act to allow municipalities to meet electronically in times of emergency.  Passed unan...





 
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