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

Public Reporting Fire Regulation Posted for Municipal Comment
On February 16th the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) released the proposed Public Reporting for Fire Department Response Times Regulation under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 (FPPA).

AMO Makes Submission on Policing - Bill 175, Safer Ontario Act
AMO also supports the call of the Ontario Association of Police Service Boards (OAPSB) that Boards be assured access to professional advice when at the bargaining table negotiating collective agreements.  AMO also supports the measures included in Schedules 2-4 which focus on oversight agencies and processes. AMO encourages municipal governments to make written submissions to the Committee to reinforce the above themes and/or share other municipal concerns.

Inclusionary Zoning For Affordable Housing
AMO has submitted comments to the Ministers of Housing and of Municipal Affairs in response the proposed amendments to regulations under the Planning Act. These would serve to direct municipal governments on how to enact inclusionary zoning by-laws in order to facilitate more affordable housing. These could apply to single, upper, and lower tier governments in Ontario.

Call to Action - Fire Medic Protection Needed for Municipal Governments
There is only a narrow opportunity before the provincial election for municipal governments to get legislated protection from arbitrators imposing fire medic pilots or programs on unwilling municipalities.  This legislative opportunity is having this protection included in the upcoming Budget Bill expected in March or April 2018.

Draft Fire Regulations for Municipal Comments
On January 25, 2018, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services released two proposed regulations under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 related to new requirements for Mandatory training and certification for firefighters; and Community risk assessments. The attached briefing note has been prepared to assist AMO members in the development of their municipal responses to the draft regulations. AMO will also be commenting on these draft regulations in early March.

2018 Pre-Budget Submission - AMO President's Remarks.
With the submission, AMO is, again, seeking the support of Queen’s Park – to be visionary, to understand the challenges faced by Ontario’s municipal governments, to be brave with us to find a more solid foundation for the future.

New Municipal Asset Management Planning Regulation

O. Reg 588/2017 sets out new requirements for undertaking asset management planning. The proposed phase-in timelines for the preparation of new asset management plans that were part of a previous consultation process has increased from four to six years. More details on both the collection and funding activities will be provided in early 2018. A concurrent session is being organized for the ROMA Conference taking place January 21-23, 2018.

AMO Response to Income Security Reform Consultation
AMO is supporting provincial income security reform in a manner that make sense for municipal governments delivering human services and local residents living in poverty. 

One-third Tax Free Exemption for Municipal Elected Officials
Federal government in its Budget 2017 (March) contained a legislative change to eliminate this tax exemption for elected officials effective starting in 2019. AMO passed a resolution in June asking the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to get involved because it is a matter affecting not only Ontario. 

Bill 174 - the Cannabis, Smoke- Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017: AMO Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy.
AMO has been active on the cannabis file since shortly after the 2015 federal election. Throughout the legalization process, we have provided the Ontario government, including the Cannabis Secretariat and the Ministry of Finance, with our input, leveraging the work of our Marijuana Legalization Task Force, and by calling for a municipal voice at the table as the federal and provincial governments undertake actions of significant impact to our communities.