AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
New Resource Page: Proxy Voting For Members of Council
2020-10-06 10:27:22 AM

A few weeks back, we had some of our #MunicipalExperts take part in a #LocalGovTalks webinar. The webinar on E-Meetings and Proxy Voting discussed new amendments made to the Municipal Act, 2001 and City of Toronto Act, 2006 through Bill 197, The COVID-19 Economic Recover...





COVID-19 Update: Face Coverings and Additional Health Measures
2020-10-06 9:13:21 AM

On Friday, October 2nd, the Province announced additional measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. While a number of municipalities have mandatory mask by-laws , the Province has made amendments O. Reg 364/20  (Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under the  Reopening Ontario...





Advocacy Update: Bill 204 Receives Royal Assent - the Municipal Voters' List
2020-10-01 4:34:45 PM

Bill 204, Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act , 2020 received Royal Assent today which makes the bill law. The Act amends various other pieces of legislation to create a a single registry of electors for municipal and provincial elections. The changes take effect Ja...





COVID-19 Updates: Pre-Screening and Province's Plan for the Second Wave
2020-10-01 10:14:46 AM

Note: this blog post has been edited to include clarification of the below update on pre-screening.  It has been a particularly busy and newsworthy couple of weeks! And it's October already! We hope everyone is managing well and taking care of themselves. Here are a co...





Ontario Fall Pre Budget Submission Process is Open
2020-09-30 1:28:22 PM

As you may be aware, the Province of Ontario has indicated that it will deliver a Fall Budget no later than November 15th 2020. This is a bit of a different process than normal, as we usually expect a Fall Economic Statement at this time of year. Also known as FES (pronounced ...





MPAC Decision on 2021 Municipal Levy
2020-09-24 2:34:13 PM

In consultation with MPAC’s Municipal Liaison Group, MPAC has reviewed its priorities, strategies and approaches to delivering services and supports to municipalities and property owners. As a result, and in direct recognition that the pandemic has caused municipalities a numb...





2020 Federal Speech From the Throne
2020-09-24 11:30:01 AM

On September 23, 2020, the House of Commons returned for a new session after prorogation and began with a Speech from the Throne which is the 150th since Confederation according to CBC News .  2020 Federal Throne Speech The  throne speech focused  on four pillars. Some ...





Reg. Registry & EBR Regulation Consultation: Proposal under Ontario Heritage Act
2020-09-23 9:25:24 AM

The Province is proposing a new regulation under the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA) associated with amendments made through the  More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 .  Consultation Timeline: September 21, 2020 - November 5, 2020 (45 days) Ministry: Ministry of Heritage, Sport...





Advocacy Update: AMCTO members claim small victory towards efforts to update ...
2020-09-21 10:02:03 AM

The Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) is pleased with the Province’s  announcement  regarding the introduction of legislation that would create a single register of voters for municipal and provincial elections to take effect January 1...





Two-Year Transition Period For Community Benefits Framework
2020-09-21 9:05:02 AM

On September 18 2020, the two-year transition period for the new Community Benefits framework began as a result of an in force proclaimation. In addition, changes to the Development Charges Act, 1997 were also proclaimed. As a result of the advocacy from the municipal secto...





 
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