March 24, 2020

Last week’s amendments to the Municipal Act, 2001 and the City of Toronto Act, 2006 now permit members of councils, local boards and committees at quorum to participate in open and closed meetings electronically during either a municipal or a provincial emergency. This will ensure that the ongoing business of municipal governments can continue without the need to meet in person, particularly given the requirements of social distancing to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

To assist members with implementing electronic meetings, AMO has partnered with a digital meeting management provider, eSCRIBE, to offer secure, cloud-based, paperless meeting management and livestreaming solutions. For members considering holding remote meetings electronically, eSCRIBE’s solutions offer elected officials and municipal staff the ability to participate on meetings from different locations and interact through the eSCRIBE platform. eSCRIBE solutions are also designed to increase transparency to citizens as well as drive operational efficiencies for municipal staff. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, eSCRIBE has developed streamlined onboarding and training methods which assure customers can be live within a week to ten days.

Smaller municipalities that are interested in eSCRIBE solutions may qualify for the Lite offering, specifically designed for smaller councils and committees. Funding through the Municipal Modernization Program may apply to the purchase of an electronic meeting management platform.

Stay tuned for future AMO announcements on electronic remote meetings.

AMO encourages members to reach out to eSCRIBE to determine what solutions may be best suited for your needs. Contact Paul Mackin, Co-Founder and Vice-President of eSCRIBE, info@escribemeetings.com, or 1-888-780-5867.

For more information about the AMO-eSCRIBE partnership, please contact Nicholas Ruder, Research Advisor, AMO Enterprise Centre and LAS at nruder@amo.on.ca, or (416) 971-9856 x411.