AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Bill 73 Passes Third Reading
2015-12-03 11:07:51 PM

Bill 73, the Smart Growth for Our Communities Act passed third reading today and will now enter into law. The bill amends both the Planning Act and the Development Charges Act , and is meant to give residents a greater say in planning decisions and open up more opportuni...





AMO Presents Submission on Budget Implementation Bill
2015-12-03 1:30:14 PM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) has presented a submission on Bill 144, the Budget Measures Act. Bill 144 is an omnibus bill that operationalizes many of the promises made in the government’s budget, and carries implications for 23 separate pieces of legisla...





Auditor General Releases Annual Report
2015-12-02 9:49:46 PM

The Auditor General released her annual report today. This years report covers a wide range of issues from the province’s home care services to economic development funding. Notably the report provided the AG’s latest review of the Ministry of Community and Social Services’ (...





Nova Scotia Reforming Municipal Election Law to Make it Easier to Vote
2015-12-02 6:11:03 PM

The provincial government in Nova Scotia is considering changes to that province’s Municipal Elections Act, designed to make it easier for residents to vote in local government elections. Some of the changes include quicker residency qualifications (currently a person must li...





Municipalities Will Not Have Access to Land Transfer Tax
2015-12-01 11:08:24 PM

During Question Period today Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Ted McMeekin declared that municipalities in Ontario will not be given the option of using a land transfer tax. Minister McMeekin: Other than in Toronto, where the power already exists, our government w...





Ontario to Make Data "Open by Default"
2015-11-30 5:58:52 PM

On Friday, the government of Ontario released new details about it's Open Data Directive , which will take effect on April 1, 2016. As part of this directive, Ontario ministries and agencies will be required to make all data public, unless it falls under one of a number of ex...





Advocacy Update: Fixing the Voters' List
2015-11-30 3:01:57 PM

Since the end of the 2014 election, AMCTO has been advocating for transformational changes to the way that Ontario creates and maintains the voters’ list for municipal elections. While there is no “magic bullet,” AMCTO firmly believes that there are a number of opportunities ...





Economic Statement Includes Update on "Sharing Economy Advisory Committee"
2015-11-27 10:11:55 PM

When Finance Minister Charles Sousa tabled his fall economic statement yesterday it included an update on how the province plans to respond to the sharing economy. According to the update the province has established a Sharing Economy Advisory Committee with representatives fr...





AMO Presents Submission on Double-Hat Firefighters
2015-11-26 1:26:07 PM

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) has presented a submission to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy regarding Bill 109, the Employment and Labour Statute Amendment Act, 2015 . The submission focuses on schedules 1 and 3 and follows similar calls by AMO...





Federal Government Announces Refugee Resettlement Plan
2015-11-25 10:36:52 PM

The federal government has revealed much-anticipated plans for resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees over the coming months. According to details released yesterday by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), all 25,000 refugees will be identified by December 31, 2015, but only 1...





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