AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Ontario Ending Several Orders Affecting Municipalities
2022-04-07 9:52:37 AM

As a reminder with the Provincial Government announcement of its plan to gradually ease public health and workplace safety measures, remaining directives and orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and the Reopening Ontario Act relevant to municipali...

Update on Issuing Marriage Licences and Providing Marriage Services
2022-04-05 9:16:47 AM

The Ontario Registrar General (ORG) has sent a recent memo with important updates for Ontario Marriage License Issuers to be aware of. Extended Validity Periods Amendments made to the Marriage Act extend licences issued between: the first day, three months prior to the de...

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Election Resources
2022-04-04 3:56:33 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has informed us that the updated guidance materials and forms for the 2022 municipal and school board elections are now online! The Ministry has launched a Municipal Elections Webpage with high-level information on the 2022 mu...

Consultation on Ontario’s Anti-Racism Strategic Plan
2022-03-16 4:07:24 PM

The Province is seeking input from the public as it launches a review of its Anti-Racism Strategic Plan . Consultations will help inform programs supporting public education and awareness, community collaboration, and anti-racism initiatives like the Anti-Black Racism Strateg...

Province Introduces Legislation to Accelerate Connectivity Projects
2022-03-08 4:36:09 PM

On Monday, March 7 th , 2022 Minister of Infrastructure Kinga Surma introduced Bill 93, Getting Ontario Connected Act, 2022 . If passed, the bill would amend the Building Broadband Faster Act, 2021 and the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012 w...

Regulatory Registry Posting: Regulatory proposal under the Towing and Storage...
2022-03-04 4:22:04 PM

Under the Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act (TSSEA); Highway Traffic Act Consultation Timeline: March 2, 2022 – April 1, 2022 Ministry: Ministry of Transportation Further details and to comment:

Spring Red Tape Reduction Package Announced
2022-02-24 10:55:38 AM

The Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction has introduced the Spring 2022 Red Tape Reduction Package, the Fewer Fees, Better Services Act, 2022 . If passed, this Act will make changes to several pieces of legislation including the Liquor Licence and C...

Ontario Releases 2021-2022 Third Quarter Finances
2022-02-15 4:30:39 PM

The Provincial Government has released its 2021-22 Third Quarter Finances, which provide an update on Ontario’s economic and fiscal outlook. Ontario is now projecting a deficit of $13.1 billion in 2021-22, an improvement of $8.4 billion from the deficit forecast in the Fall E...

Province Releases Housing Affordability Task Force Report
2022-02-08 1:15:53 PM

The Province has published the report from the Housing Affordability Task Force . The Task Force is part of Ontario’s ongoing consultations with industry, municipalities and the public to help the Government identify and implement solutions to address housing supply. The T...

Applications Open for 2022-23 Inclusive Community Grants
2022-02-07 9:27:32 AM

Applications are now open for the 2022-23 Inclusive Community Grants. The $750,000 investment is intended to help communities across the province becomes more inclusive and accessible for people of all ages and abilities. These grants provide municipalities, non-profit comm...

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