AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
2015 AMO Conference Recap
2015-08-24 5:11:24 PM

Videos of major speeches from last week’s AMO conference in Niagara Falls are now available online. Click here to watch addresses from the Premier, Minister of Municipal Affairs and leaders of the two opposition parties.

New IMFG Paper on Property Taxes
2015-08-24 5:10:43 PM

The Munk School’s Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance has released a new report, authored by Enid Slack and Richard Bird examining property taxes across the world. Read the paper here .

New Disaster Assistance Programs Announced:
2015-08-17 6:49:58 PM

The government has announced that it will replace the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) with two new disaster assistance programs. You can read about the changes here . While only limited details have been revealed, the government has adopted two of AMCTO’s r...

Ministry of Justice Increasing Costs of POA Court Administration
2015-08-17 6:48:57 PM

The Ministry of Justice has announced that, effective January 1 2016, municipalities will be paying increased administrative costs to operate Provincial Offences Act (POA) courts. These increases will include a 50% rise in the costs per hour for Justices of the Peace and a 50%...

New Legislative Framework Coming for Policing
2015-08-17 6:48:17 PM

The government has announced a new round of consultations on the Police Services Act. Specific details about this consultation process will be available in the coming weeks, in the meantime, more information can be found here .

Residential Homes Act to be Review
2015-08-17 6:47:43 PM

The Ontario Seniors Secretariat has initiated a review of the Retirement Homes Act, as per legislated requirements that the Act be reviewed every 5 years. Learn more about the review, and find a copy of the consultation paper here .

Modernizing Intercity Bus Travel
2015-08-17 6:47:06 PM

The Ministry of Transportation is consulting on new rules and regulations to govern intercity bus travel in Ontario. Find out more information on this consultation here .

Full Ontario Pension Plan Details Released
2015-08-17 6:46:28 PM

The government has released the details of the Ontario Pension Plan, including the phase-in enrollment schedule, contribution amounts, and coverage. Learn more here .

Province Releases Community Hubs Action Plan
2015-08-13 5:45:39 PM

The province’s Community Hub Framework Advisory Group has released a report to guide the creation of community hubs. You can find out more here .

New Paper on Transparency, Privacy and the Internet for Municipal Governments:
2015-08-13 5:45:19 PM

The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario has released a new paper on the need for municipalities to balance the need to protect privacy with the pressures of enhancing transparency in the Internet age. Read the paper here .

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