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

The Importance of Development Charges: AMO Submission to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on “Increasing Housing Supply in Ontario” consultations

AMO’s Submission to Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan Consultation
AMO welcomes this provincial government consultation to create a made-in-Ontario Housing Supply Action Plan. AMO emphasizes throughout this submission that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution.

New Policy Resources Available For a New Year: 
AMO’s 2019 Pre-Budget Submission, 2 policy discussion papers on health issues and response to Preserving and Protecting Our Environment for Future Generations

AMO’s 2019 Pre-Budget Submission: For the People, Every Dollar Counts.
Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Members are encouraged to reinforce its key messages their discussions with their local MPPs and Ministers.

Province’s “Regional Review” to be Limited
The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Honourable Steve Clark, announced today that this review is limited to nine (9) upper tiers and their constituent lower tiers. While this review does not include any other municipal jurisdictions or structures, and AMO is not involved in the specific reviews, it will keep an eye on any potential sector wide implications that the advisors’ recommendations may have for service delivery generally.

Financial risks for property taxpayers and municipal budgets
Grants from the provincial and federal government are a critical part of the municipal financial picture. They account for 20% of municipal revenue across the sector and for many smaller municipalities, represent an even higher percentage of local revenue.

At Queen’s Park: Summary of 2018 Completed Legislation
Significant municipal wins include legislative changes for enhanced protection for volunteer firefighters, fire interest arbitration process enhancements, and restoring municipal planning authority on renewable energy projects.  These were all long-standing municipal asks. AMO made submissions and/or attended Standing Committees that held hearings on various Bills.

Bill 66 – Municipal Implications Overview
On December 6th, 2018, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, the Honourable Todd Smith, introduced Bill 66, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act.  AMO is providing an overview and brief analysis as we pursue additional information and clarification to bring a report to the January Board of Directors meeting.

Cannabis Shortage Will Limit Number of Stores
Due to a national shortage in cannabis supply, the Ontario government has decided to take a Phased Approach for the number of retail stores and locations in the province.

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.