AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
MEA Modernization Act Passes Second Reading
2016-04-19 4:45:09 PM

Bill 181, the  Municipal Elections Modernization Act,  passed second reading today and was referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. More information on committee hearings can be found  here . For more: Bill 181,  Municipal Elections Modernization ...

Ontario Proposing Changes to Allow Ride-sharing Insurance
2016-04-19 1:51:56 PM

The government of Ontario is set to authorize reforms to the insurance system that would allow ride-sharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, to qualify for the same fleet insurance that is available to taxi and limousine companies. Currently the only insurance available for r...

Government Releases LTAHS Technical Document
2016-04-19 1:03:12 PM

The government has released a technical document as part of its Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy Update. The document is designed to help affordable housing practitioners working within the current housing sector better understand the direction that the province is taking...

Government Proposes Ban on Corporate and Union Donations
2016-04-12 1:24:54 PM

After weeks of controversy surrounding political fundraising at the provincial level, the government of Ontario is proposing new rules that would completely ban corporate and union donations, starting in 2017. Specific provisions of the government's legislation include: Ru...

MPAC 2016 Assessment Update
2016-04-08 7:09:12 PM

MPAC has provided an update on its 2016 assessment. The update outlines several changes that MPAC says will improve how municipalities and property owners plan for and manage their new 2016 assessment. You can find the assessment update here .

No Amendments to Budget Implementation Bill
2016-04-08 7:05:19 PM

Bill 173, the government's budget measures bill moved through committee without being amended. The Liberal government (which holds a majority on the committee) did not put forward any amendments, and suggestions proposed by the opposition parties were not adopted. The bill has...

City of Toronto Releases Uber Regulations
2016-04-08 6:56:59 PM

The City of Toronto has released details of its new approach to regulating ride-sharing companies, such as Uber. Under the proposal "private transportation companies" (like Uber) would be allowed to operate legally under a new bylaw, while the rules for the city's existing tax...

BPS Energy Portal Now Open for 2016 Reporting
2016-04-07 3:55:27 PM

The Ministry of Energy is sharing information on its BPS energy reporting portal, which is now open for 2016 reporting. See below for the full message from MOE: The Ministry of Energy’s Broader Public Sector (BPS) web portal is now available for 2016 reporting. Ontario...

Waste-Free Ontario Act Referred to Committee
2016-04-07 3:12:25 PM

Bill 151, the  Waste-Free Ontario Act , 2016 has passed its second reading and been referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. Anyone who is interested in the committee's review of the bill, or participating in hearings, can find out more information here . Fore mo...

PTSD Bill Passes Third Reading
2016-04-07 2:58:25 PM

The government has passed Bill 163, the  Supporting Ontario's First Responders Act,  which will make post-traumatic stress disorder a presumptive condition for first responders. The legislation applies to police officers, firefighters, paramedics, some workers in correctional ...

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