AMO’s advocacy focuses on ensuring that provincial policies and programs respect municipal authority.

AMO develops a variety of advocacy positions on all matters that impact Ontario’s municipalities. These positions are in the form of backgrounders, policy updates, reports and submissions and more to inform our membership of current issues affecting the municipal sector.

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Recent Advocacy

June Legislative Update
On June 1, 2017, the Ontario Legislature rose. It is scheduled to resume on September 11. A number of bills of interest to municipal governments were debated in this session. AMO will be reviewing these items at Committee and those that have had First Reading in preparation for future committee submissions and possible proposed amendments in the interests of municipal government.

Province Announces Emergency Services Changes
AMO and others in the paramedic service delivery have no evidence to show improved patient outcomes, yet municipal labour and risk management issues are significant.  If the government proceeds with these pilots, there must be a commitment to conducting a third-party proof of concept evaluation.  AMO will continue to engage the Province about the pilot’s implications and advocate on behalf of municipal governments.

Changing Workplaces Final Report Released
In anticipation of the Changing Workplace Final Report, AMO has established a Task Force of members and HR experts who will assist in considering the province’s formal response (once released) to these recommendations and providing advice to the AMO Board. AMO will continue to keep you updated on this significant employers’ issue.

Several Important Amendments to Bill 68 Achieved
A number of changes are made to the Bill in response to our advice and others. Given the magnitude of changes to the transparency and accountability regime for municipal councils and officials, and local boards, AMO’s Annual Conference will have a plenary session on Wednesday, August 16. AMO remains very concerned about how the integrity regime may affect the many citizens and business people who volunteer to local boards.

Ontario Announces New Proposed Changes to the Land Use Planning and Appeal System
AMO will continue to monitor this issue as the legislation is introduced in the coming weeks.

2017 Provincial Budget Delivered
The 2017 Budget is balanced for the first time since 2008. The government is also planning for balanced budgets in 2018-19 and 2019-20. AMO will review the Budget Bill itself when it is publicly available and continue to analyse the budget in greater detail, reporting to the membership as required.

Province Announces Details of Basic Income Pilot
Many features of the basic income pilot are consistent with AMO’s asks.  A key piece for AMO was that impacts be evaluated in a full range of contexts across the province, and it is positive to see rural, urban, suburban, northern, eastern and southern communities represented, along with a range of municipal structures including a single-tier and county.

Provinces Announces Fair Housing Plan for Ontario.
AMO is meeting with the Province to learn more details about the range of measures and the government’s implementation plan and timelines.  For example, how will the ‘benefits’ of a property tax treatment for multi-residential be put in the hands of tenants rather than owners of rental accommodations?

Federal Cannabis Legislation Tabled
AMO is calling for municipal licensing of growers and retailers of marijuana to control where these businesses are located, to limit concentration and proximity to schools, daycares, and residential neighbourhoods. AMO also wants resources so that municipal governments are not left holding the costs for increased policing, public health, and emergency services due to marijuana legalization.

Waste Diversion - The Blue Box Today and Tomorrow
The municipal role in this system will be evolving.  AMO’s Board has resolved that the municipal governments’ best interest is to move the Blue Box to full producer funding sooner rather than later. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is asked to initiate the transition for the Blue Box program this year, with completion to the RRCEA by January 2019.