AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Waterfront Toronto Delays Approval on Smart City Project
2020-02-17 6:18:08 PM

The Board of Directors of Waterfront Toronto have voted to delay the deadline decision on the Sidewalk Labs’ smart city from March 31 st to May 20 th . Waterfront Toronto has said the delay was to allow the public to more time to provide feedback on the project. Sidewalks...





Ontario Consulting on Poverty Reduction Strategy
2020-02-17 4:47:08 PM

The Ontario government has opened consultations on the province’s next poverty reduction strategy. Organizations and individuals are able to provide their input by writing to prso@ontario.ca or by completing an online survey. The survey is open until March 30 th and ...





Ontario Launches Consultations on Cannabis Business Opportunities
2020-02-10 3:26:05 PM

Ontario's Attorney General, Doug Downey, yesterday announced online consultations to help inform potential new cannabis-related business opportunities in the province.   The government is specifically seeking feedback on the facilitation the sale of cannabis for consumptio...





Government Moving Forward with Transit-Oriented Communities Strategy
2020-02-10 11:20:36 AM

Through the development of four new rapid transit lines, the government is working through its ‘transit-oriented communities’ strategy that will intensify development around major transit station areas in the Greater Toronto Area. Minister Clark has described the developme...





IPAC to Hold National Leadership Conference
2020-02-07 11:23:12 AM

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada's (IPAC) upcoming National Leadership Conference is designed to provide leaders, practitioners, and academics working in or with the public sector the opportunity to network and learn from experts who have successfully tackled ...





PM Trudeau Meets with Big City Mayors’ Caucus
2020-02-06 2:08:09 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland met with FCM’s (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) Big City Mayors’ Caucus yesterday in Ottawa to discuss municipal priorities ahead of the federal government’s 2020 budget. Mayors from 22 of Can...





Government Says No Extra Accessibility Funding for Small and Rural Municipali...
2020-02-04 10:33:24 AM

QP Briefing has reported that a spokesperson for the Minister of Seniors and Accessibility, Raymond Cho, in a statement said that the government will not provide additional funding for municipalities to renovate their properties to make it more accessible. This statement s...





AMCTO Prepares Burden Reduction Submission to Government
2020-02-04 9:41:31 AM

AMCTO has prepared a submission to the Ministry of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction identifying areas that pose a significant burden to Ontario's local governments. Developed with input from the association’s Legislative and Policy Advisory Committee , three areas of...





Ontario Releases Third Quarter Fiscal Report
2020-01-30 10:45:19 PM

­­­­ The Ontario government has released its 2019-20 third quarter fiscal report, which is the first report since the 2019 Fall Economic Statement. The next provincial fiscal update will be the 2020 Ontario Budget, which will occur on or before March 31 st , 2020. Highl...





City of Toronto to Collect 20 Year Old Traffic Fines in New Debt Collection S...
2020-01-29 10:42:37 AM

The City of Toronto’s Council has approved a suggestion from staff to hire two collection agencies that specialize in locating debtors with traffic fines that are more than 20 years old. City officials say that such fines could total more than $100 million. This debt colle...





 
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