AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
AMCTO Win: Voters’ List and Regional Governance Review
2019-10-25 2:18:13 PM

AMCTO is pleased that the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark, addressed two of AMCTO’s policy priorities during his address at AMO’s Fall Policy Forum today:   Voters’ List Regional Governance Review 1)  Minister Clark annou...





2020 OMPF Allocations Issued
2019-10-24 2:34:43 PM

The Ministry of Finance today issued 2020’s Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) allocations. As previously reported, this year’s funding envelope to municipal governments would decrease by $5 million to $500 million. The $500 million will be distributed 389 municipali...





Ontario Releases Final Data Strategy Paper on Better, Smarter Government
2019-10-24 1:23:37 PM

The Ontario government has released its third and final data strategy discussion paper, which focuses on how the government can manage and share data more effectively. This discussion paper, entitled “ Better, Smarter Government ” describes three areas where a Data First S...





Ontario Investing $6 Million in Frontline Community Safety Initiatives
2019-10-22 4:32:49 PM

Ontario Premier Doug Ford yesterday announced that the Ministry of the Solicitor General will open up applications this week for the Proceeds of Crime – Front-Line Policing (POC-FLP) Grant. A total of $6 million will be invested from 2020 to 2023 with the grant using assets f...





OGRA Surveying Small, Rural, and Northern Municipalities on Student Career Fair
2019-10-22 11:22:02 AM

The Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) are offering a survey to small, rural, and northern municipalities that would be interested in participating in a Career Fair hosted by OGRA at their 2020 Conference. Taking place on February 23rd, the Career Fair would offer such ...





2019 Federal Election: Liberals to Form a Minority Government
2019-10-22 7:05:05 AM

After a 40-day election campaign, Canadians elected a new Parliament on October 21st with the Liberals winning 157 seats to form a minority government. Barring any changes as a result of recounts, seat standings for Canada's 43rd Parliament will be:   Liberal Party...





Maytree Releases Report – "Lessons from Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot”
2019-10-18 1:44:06 PM

Maytree, a Toronto-based organization dedicated to “creating solutions to poverty”, has published a report authored by Maytree Fellow Michael Mendelson analyzing the lessons learned from the set-up of Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot (OBIP). The report examines the OBIP – a...





Ontario Government Announces Updates to Public Safety Radio Network
2019-10-17 12:12:58 PM

The Ontario government announced that it has reached an agreement with Bell Mobility to update the Public Safety Radio Network (PSRN), the communications network supporting front-line and emergency responders across the province. Last updated in 1998, the PSRN does not meet...





Ontario Launches Consultations on new Public Sector Benefits Pooling Model
2019-10-11 2:30:52 PM

The Ontario government intends to begin consultations on benefits pooling for the broader public sector later this year. Since the passage of the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act in April, the government has consulted with broader pu...





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...





 
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