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.

On the left navigation menu, you will find current policy issues we are working on now. Read our Strategic Objectives, Member Updates and Backgrounders to find out what other initiatives we are working on.

Recent Advocacy

Ontario Government Releases New Environment Plan for Consultation
The new plan, a broad and wide-ranging framework for action on land, air and water quality across the province sets out new climate change action and climate resilience targets for the province.  AMO will be reviewing the plan in detail and responding to the government through the consultations. 
Government Announces New Social Assistance Reform Plan
After seeking more detail from the government about the new plan, AMO will conduct further analysis about the municipal impacts and work with the Province towards implementation.  
The purpose of this document is to provide more information that will help staff prepare reports to their new councils on cannabis retail stores and the impending January 22 deadline to determine if stores will or will not be permitted in the municipality.

Welcome Fire News
After years of relentless municipal work and advocacy, the province has introduced draft legislation that will, if passed, deal with two key advocacy priorities.

Provincial Government Releases Fall Economic Statement
Today the Minister of Finance, the Honourable Victor Fedeli, released the 2018 Fall Economic Statement.

Cannabis Retail Regulations Released
The Ministry of the Attorney General has released proposed regulations governing private cannabis retail in Ontario.

Queen’s Park This Week
To keep you informed, here is an update of what has happened of municipal interest.

Members’ Update:  While You Were Busy
October was a busy month for elected municipal officials and clerks.  Given this, we wanted to provide an update of provincial legislation and activities that you may not have had a chance to consider with local elections and activities. 

Social Assistance Reform
AMO is supportive of government efforts to reduce poverty and achieve greater overall affordability for the people of Ontario. An essential building block to help achieve this is to have a modern, responsive, effective and cost-efficient social assistance system.

Bill 36, Ontario Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act - Ready for Legislative Approval
Many groups, including AMO recommended changes to clarify elements of the framework, the Committee made only one change.  It clarifies that the amount of cannabis sold at one time to an individual is limited to 30 grams, in line with individual possession limits under federal legislation.

AMO Recommendations: Bill 36 Ontario Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018
AMO briefed the government members of the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Social Policy regarding the Association’s recommendations on Bill 36.

AMO Briefing: Municipal Governments in the Ontario Recreational Cannabis Framework
AMO has developed a briefing document, Municipal Governments in the Ontario Recreational Cannabis Framework, for municipal governments to help elected officials and staff understand the legislation and the regulatory environment for recreational cannabis in Ontario.