April 20, 2020

Planning Notice Timeline Changes Anticipated

A regulatory change for municipal Planning Act decisions made between February 26 and April 14 took place last week. While the regulation (O.Reg 149/20) is complex, it clearly requires that decision notices will have to be re-posted and a new 20-day appeal period will need to run once the Emergency has ended. Municipalities may choose to post now or they can wait until up to 15 days after the emergency is declared over. Planning staff should watch for an ERO posting on this issue shortly.

Province Expands List of Essential Workers That Can Access Free Emergency Child Care

The government expanded the list of essential workers able to access free emergency child care. In addition to frontline health works and first responders, others are now eligible including homeless service workers and energy power grid workers. More information on the full list is found in the Ontario Newsroom and the amendment to Ontario Regulation 51/20 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

New Regulation Temporarily Eliminates Reduced Load Periods on Roads in Southern Ontario

The Ontario Government filed regulations on April 16, 2020 to eliminate reduced load periods in some parts of southern Ontario. The regulation is intended to remove obstacles to the delivery of supplies of certain products and commodities related to the COVID-19 emergency and is temporary, expiring June 30, 2020.

Products such as: food, fuel, medical and sanitation supplies, as well as farm and paper products are included in the list. The regulations only apply in specified municipalities or parts of municipalities named in section 3 of the regulations. Municipal governments should consult the regulations to see if they are affected.

Reduced Load Periods on municipal roads are permitted through section 122 of the Highway Traffic Act and are intended to protect road infrastructure during periods such as the spring melt. AMO understands that the regulations were developed following analysis that suggested roads in the affected areas were low risk for damages in spring. Other parts of the province are not affected. A letter from the Minister of Transportation to affected municipal governments is anticipated shortly.

AMO to Release OPP Detachment Board Discussion Paper

AMO is finalising a discussion paper on the establishment of new OPP Detachment Boards. Members are invited to register to have a sneak peek at the paper through a webinar presentation on Friday April 24, starting at 11:00 am with Matthew Wilson, AMO Senior Advisor.

AMO COVID-19 Webinars Series: Municipal Labour Relations during COVID-19

AMO is convening a panel discussion on labour relations on Wednesday April 22 starting at 2:00pm.  Members are invited to click here to join the discussion on the 22nd. Panelists include representatives from Hicks Morley, the Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association, and AMO.

AMO’s COVID-19 Resources page is being updated continually so you can find critical information in one place.  Please send any of your municipally related pandemic questions to covid19@amo.on.ca.