AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Canada in Recession...Ontario is Not
2015-09-02 12:36:02 PM

Recent reports have indicated that Canada is now technically in a recession but Ontario's Minister of Finance claims Ontario is not .  In fact, Kelsey Ingram, Sousa's press secretary said “Ontario’s economy is leading the country and private-sector forecasters expect it to co...

Province Leaves Door Open to "Street Checks" for Clear Policing Purposes
2015-09-02 2:19:07 AM

The Province is concluding its consultations on the use of police street checks (aka carding).  The Minister has indicated that there would be an elimination of the use of arbitrary checks but left the door open to those related to "clear policing purposes".  Community Safety ...

FCM's Green Municipal Fund Report Released
2015-09-01 1:38:37 PM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has just released its 2014-15 Green Municipal Fund Report  that seeks to highlight the growing ability of hundreds of municipalities across Canada to deliver projects with environmental, economic and social benefits to residents.

New Road Safety Rules Come into Effect
2015-09-01 12:58:50 PM

As of today, the Ontario government will put into effect  New Road Safety Rules that bring forth tougher penalties for distracted driving, protection of cyclists and the safety of tow-trucks and school buses.

City of London Fine Uber Drivers
2015-09-01 12:50:24 PM

In the ongoing challenge against Uber, the City of London has stepped up its efforts by  undertaking a two day blitz resulting in nearly 30 fines of around $500 each to local drivers.

IPC Calling for Access to Councillor's Records
2015-08-27 7:00:23 PM

As part of the municipal legislation review Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner has written to the Minister of Municipal Affairs with a recommendation that amendments be made to MFIPPA that would extend its coverage to municipal councillor’s records. According to th...

Premier Says Large Commercial Assessment Appeals a ‘Provincial Issue’
2015-08-27 3:10:09 PM

Speaking at an event in Thunder Bay this week the Premier acknowledged that property tax reassessments on large commercial properties is a serious issue. The Premier also said that it’s a problem the government recognizes isn’t confined to one area of the province, and are cur...

Chamber of Commerce Joins the Call for a New Approach to the Sharing Economy
2015-08-26 4:34:16 PM

In a new report, Harnessing the Power of the Sharing Economy, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce has added its voice to those calling for a new approach to regulating the sharing economy, specifically citing services like Uber, Autoshare, and AirBnB as prominent examples. Accordi...

RELEASE: ODRAP Announcement Points to Successful Advocacy
2015-08-25 1:56:09 PM

Last week at the annual Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) conference in Niagara Falls, Premier Wynne announced that the government will introduce two new disaster assistance programs: one for municipalities and one for citizens and other organizations. The two new i...

New Funding for Sports and Recreation
2015-08-24 5:12:48 PM

The province has announced an additional $7 million in grants for the government’s Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund. Find out more about his program here .

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