AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Updated ‘Taking Care of Your Drinking Water’ Guide Now Available
2019-05-22 11:00:36 AM

Ontario's Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks has released an updated guide to help municipal councilors understand their responsibilities to provide a standard of care under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 .  Updates include information added on the ...

AMCTO President Presents to Regional Governance Review Panel
2019-05-17 3:02:11 PM

Today, AMCTO President Angela Morgan presented to Regional Governance Review Special Advisors Ken Seiling and Michael Fenn. She shared with the panel the principles AMCTO believes must govern any changes to existing regional governance models.  First, AMCTO believes that t...

New Public Health Boundaries Proposed
2019-05-15 11:01:59 AM

In light of the province’s move to reduce the number of public-health units from 35 to 10 , new public health unit boundaries and mergers have been proposed, including:   Merging health units in Halton Region, Waterloo Region, Peel Region, and Wellington-Dufferin-...

Consultations for Occupational Health and Safety Strategy Open
2019-05-13 9:11:48 AM

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour are developing a new five year Occupational Health and Safety Strategy and are seeking your input. The new strategy will promote workplace health and safety, strengthen the existing occupational health and safety system, and support Ontario busine...

Government Introduces Bill 108
2019-05-09 3:13:27 PM

Last week, the Government introduced Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act , which aims to increase affordable housing in Ontario. The Bill affects 13 Acts and has several municipal implications, which are briefly summarized below. AMCTO will continue to analyze this omnibus...

Budget Update – Ambulance Services
2019-05-08 12:18:55 AM

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) yesterday reported that the cost of shared ambulance grants are now frozen at 2018 levels. Based on the 2017 funding allocation, growth in service costs for 2019 means municipal taxpayers will be left making up the difference...

University of Toronto Offering Workshop for Municipal Practitioners
2019-05-07 12:29:56 AM

The University of Toronto's Urban Policy Lab is hosting a half-day workshop for municipal practitioners. This workshop will demonstrate the potential applications of behavioural insights in local and regional government, as well as build a network with partners that will prov...

Ontario Proposing Changes on Excess Soil
2019-05-02 1:51:34 PM

The provincial government is introducing changes that will clarify rules for managing and transporting excess soil and will also increase penalties for those who dump soil illegally. The government says this will reduce the risk of soil being mismanaged and put vacant lands b...

Ontario Introduces School Bus Safety Measures
2019-05-01 12:51:42 PM

The provincial government is introducing new measures to target drivers who threaten the safety of children crossing roads to their school or home.  This includes making school bus camera footage admissible in court without a witness present as evidence in cases relating t...

Budget Update: Ontario Library Services
2019-05-01 10:19:19 AM

Provincial budget cuts to the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) and Ontario Library Service – North (OLS-North) means nearly 50 percent of their funding for 2019-2020 have been slashed. A number of services offered by both organizations will have to be re-evaluated as a...

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