AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Government Passes Bill 124, Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future...
2019-11-11 4:34:38 PM

The Ontario government last week passed Bill 124, Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019 , which will cap public sector compensation increases at one percent annually for three years. The government reasons the Bill is necessary to reduce the...





Government Introduces Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, 2019
2019-11-11 2:59:46 PM

Last week, the government released its Fall Economic Statement , which the government says maintains the commitment to balance the budget by 2023-24 whilst making investments into critical public services and strengthening conditions for job creation. The government has i...





Province Launching Regional Development Program
2019-11-07 11:58:15 AM

The provincial government is launching a new Regional Development Program, which the government says will “take a coordinated approach to support business growth in eastern and southwestern Ontario”. The program will support eligible small and medium-sized businesses inves...





Ontario Releases 2019 Fall Economic Statement
2019-11-07 9:30:34 AM

Ontario Minister of Finance Rod Phillips released the government’s 2019 Fall Economic Statement, Building Ontario Together. Minister Phillips outlined the government’s forecasted economic growth and sought to demonstrate how investments will be made to critical public service...





Callout for Candidates for MPAC's Board of Directors
2019-11-05 2:39:29 PM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) is taking expressions of interest from eligible individuals to be nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). Interested candidates are to submit an application by Fr...





Investigation Shows High Levels of Lead Contamination in Canadian Tap Water
2019-11-04 2:43:01 PM

More than 120 journalists from nine universities and 10 media organizations have completed a year long investigation that uncovered high levels of lead contamination in Canada’s tap water due to aging and deteriorating infrastructure. While the water generally contains no lea...





Government Introduces Bill 136, Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019
2019-10-31 2:05:53 PM

The government has introduced Bill 136, Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019. If passed, it would create a new enforcement regime resulting in the toughest penalties in the country for those who violate animal welfare laws. The Bill proposes the following penalti...





Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs Moving Forward with Smart City Project
2019-10-31 2:01:29 PM

Following a vote by its Board of Directors yesterday, Waterfront Toronto has come to an agreement (or Statement of Principles as it is sometimes referred to as) with Sidewalk Labs to continue with the smart city development project on the city’s eastern waterfront. Had no agr...





Government Introduces Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act
2019-10-30 5:54:33 PM

The government has introduced Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act , 2019,  which aims to simplify and modernize regulations to lower the costs of doing business and make it easier to interact with the government. There are a total of 80 proposed changes...





Attorney General Proposing to Extend Hours of Alcohol Sale and Service in Air...
2019-10-29 9:27:54 AM

Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General is proposing a change to Regulation 719 of the Liquor License Act to allow alcohol to be sold and served at licensed establishments in the post-security area of certain airports 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The current hou...





 
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