AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
List of Legislation Impacting Municipalities
2016-02-19 1:58:45 PM

AMO (the Association of Municipalities Ontario) has prepared a complete list of bills currently before the legislature that  impact municipalities. They include: Government Bills:  Bill 151, An Act to enact the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2015 and the W...

Province to Introduce Presumptive PTSD Legislation for First Responders
2016-02-18 6:55:19 PM

The government has announced that it will introduce legislation that would create a presumption that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosed in first respondents is assumed to be work-related. This legislation is designed to ensure that first responders are able to acc...

FCM Releases Federal Pre-Budget Submission
2016-02-18 4:13:55 PM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has released its 2016 pre-budget submission, focusing on the following themes: Prioritizing jobs and growth Ensuring quality, affordable housing Renewing and expanding transit Building a sustainable future Fosteri...

Paul Dubé Appointed New Ontario Ombudsman
2016-02-17 9:30:18 PM

Yesterday it was announced in the legislature that Paul Dubé will become Ontario's next Ombudsman. Dubé comes to the role of Ombudsman after serving as the federal taxpayer's ombudsman, the office responsible for handling citizen disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency. His ap...

Governments Need to Begin Planning for Self-driving Cars
2016-02-17 8:22:59 PM

The Mowat Centre has released a new report warning that the imminent arrival of self-driving cars necessitates government action now before they become the new normal on our roads. It highlights the importance of developing policy and regulatory frameworks now, while the tech...

Ontario Budget to be Released February 25th
2016-02-16 6:37:36 PM

Finance Minister Charles Sousa has announced that the government will table Ontario's 2016 budget on Thursday February 25th.

Legislature Returns for Spring Sitting
2016-02-16 2:16:47 PM

MPPs return to Queen's Park today for the spring sitting of the Ontario legislature. The legislature is expected to consider a range of legislature, including: An overhaul of the Municipal Elections Act  (adding the option of ranked ballots for municipalities) A modern...

Province Announces Policing Consultations
2016-02-16 1:48:45 PM

The government of Ontario announced last week that it is launching consultations on a new community policing strategy. Specifically the consultations will focus on the following themes: Promoting more collaborative partnerships between the policy and civil society Impro...

Ontario's Community Environment Fund Now Accepting Applications
2016-02-12 8:36:16 PM

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is accepting applications from municipalities, First Nations and Métis communities, schools, colleges and universities, conservation authorities, incorporated not-for-profit organizations, and incorporated community g...

City of Hamilton Joins List of Municipalities Regulating Uber
2016-02-11 3:06:46 PM

The City of Hamilton has become the latest municipality in Canada to announce that it will incorporate ride-sharing service Uber into its taxi regulations. City staff in Hamilton have until March 30 to report back to council on how they plan to create a new category for Uber, ...

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