AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Ontario Chamber of Commerce Releases Report on Economic Development
2019-09-19 2:30:55 PM

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has released a report on how governments at the local, provincial, and federal level can work with industry to bolster the province’s regional economies and improve competiveness.     The report, titled The Great Mosaic: Reviving On...

Government Launches P3 Infrastructure Investment
2019-09-11 3:48:35 PM

Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, Laurie Scott, today announced the Ministry’s annual Market Update , which confirms the Government’s plan to invest in public-private partnership (P3) infrastructure projects. Today’s investments amount to over $65 billion in civil, healt...

FCM Releases Report on Federal Gas Tax Fund
2019-09-11 11:21:13 AM

FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) has released a report on the state of municipal finance in Canada and argues why the federal Gas Tax fund (GTF) is the “best fiscal tool available to local governments”. Some highlights of the report include: Among adv...

Regulations Passed Amending Schedule 12 of Bill 108
2019-09-10 9:15:42 AM

On September 3 rd , regulations amending Schedule 12 of Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 , came into effect after 30 days of open consultations and review by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The government received more than 400 comments relatin...

Regulations on Safety Standards for E-Scooters Proposed
2019-09-06 10:49:52 AM

The Ministry of Transportation is proposing regulations regarding the use of electric-scooters (e-scooters) and safety standards for on-road use as part of a pilot project. The proposed pilot framework will be in place for five years (no start date yet for the pilot) and w...

Government Proposing Regulatory Framework for Speed Enforcement
2019-09-05 9:05:00 AM

The government is proposing a regulatory framework for amendments made to the Safer School Zones Act by the previous government in 2017. The amendments were designed to prevent speeding and include the use of automated speed enforcement (ASE – or, more commonly, photo ...

AMCTO Releases Third Edition of Issue at a Glance Series
2019-08-30 2:50:16 PM

In the context of the Attorney General recently opening consultations to reform the system, AMCTO has released a third edition of its briefing note series, Issue at a Glance , on Joint and Several Liability. The issues surrounding joint and several liability, its recent...

AMCTO Attends Red Tape Roundtable
2019-08-28 10:19:21 AM

AMCTO staff were invited to join various Mayors and CAOs from across the Province to participate in Associate Minister Sarkaria’s Roundtable on Red Tape and Burden reduction in the sector during last week's AMO Conference.  As part of this invitation, AMCTO facilitated the...

Saskatoon Falls Victim to $1 Million Cyber Attack
2019-08-26 2:52:36 PM

On August 15 th , Saskatoon’s city manager Jeff Jorgenson announced that the city had been the victim of a cyber-attack. Jorgenson said a fraudster impersonated a local construction company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and asked for a change in banking information. The ...

Minister Clark Provides Reporting Burden Update at AMO Conference
2019-08-20 6:11:02 PM

Today at the annual Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) conference, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark discussed the reporting burden file – one of AMCTO’s key policy priorities since 2017. Building off Premier Ford’s address yesterday, Minister ...

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