AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Ontario Launching Job Site Challenge
2019-12-16 2:14:15 PM

The Ontario government has launched a Job Site Challenge whereby municipal governments and private landlords with large tracts of land or industrial sites can propose their sites to support large-scale manufacturing operations. If selected, succesful applicants will be intern...

Ontario Opening Cannabis Stores to Market
2019-12-16 1:59:09 PM

As AMCTO initially reported, the Ontario government will be moving away from the lottery system and open retail stores to the market. As part of this move, the government has amended Regulation 478/18 under the  Cannabis License Act, 2018 and include the following changes...

Bill 132’s Proposed Line Fences Act Repeal Withdrawn
2019-12-16 9:43:38 AM

During consultations for Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act , AMCTO submitted comments on the proposed repeal of the Line Fences Act . Following review by the Standing Committee on General Government, the Bill received Royal Assent without the proposed re...

Government Expands the Hours of Sale and Service of Alcohol in Airports
2019-12-12 3:52:59 PM

The Ontario government has amended Regulation 719 (Licenses to Sell Liquor) under the Liquor License Act (LLA) to allow the sale and service of liquor at certain airports in Ontario for 24 hours a day and seven days a week. This change will be effective December 12 th , 201...

Government Passes Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act
2019-12-12 1:40:06 PM

The Ontario government has passed Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act , which the government says will make it easier to interact with the government, eliminate red tape, and modernize regulations. The changes will affects Acts from 14 different Ministries....

Government Passes Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act
2019-12-11 10:01:35 AM

The Ontario government has passed Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, which legislates promises made in the government’s 2019 Fall Economic Statement (FES). Promises made in the FES include reducing the corporate income tax rate from 3.5% to 3.2% and reducing the ...

Auditor General Releases 2019 Annual Report
2019-12-06 8:55:30 AM

Ontario’s Auditor General, Bonnie Lysyk, released her 2019 Annual Report, which details value-for-money audits across a number of programs and practices as specified in the Auditor General Act . The objective of the audit is to “obtain reasonable assurance that the statement...

Municipal Enforcement of School Speed Limits Through Photo Radar Now In Effect
2019-12-04 10:04:42 AM

As of December 1 st , Ontario’s municipal governments can choose to enforce speed limits in school and community safety zones through the use of automated speed enforcement (ASE) technology. ASE technology, or more commonly referred to as photo radar, will be governed by a...

FCM Releases Recommendations for Federal Government’s First 100 Days
2019-11-29 11:08:44 AM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have released a report, Building Ontario Together , with recommendations for the new federal government’s first 100 days. The recommendations involve federal-municipal engagement in 15 policy areas, including: Stren...

AMCTO Submits Comments on Proposed Repeal of the Line Fences Act in Bill 132
2019-11-29 10:10:06 AM

AMCTO has submitted comments to the Standing Committee on General Government on the proposed repeal of the Line Fences Act in Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act. The repeal would take effect two years after the Bill receives Royal Assent. We have exp...

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