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 or use our robust search engine.

Recent Advocacy

Several Important Amendments to Bill 68 Achieved
A number of changes are made to the Bill in response to our advice and others. The Bill has been ordered for Third Reading and its passage could be before the Legislature rises on June 1.

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.  The budget shows total debt of $341 billion for 2017-18.

All Eyes on Queen's Park for this Week's 2017 Provincial Budget
Finance Minister Charles Sousa will deliver the Budget on Thursday.  AMO has offered through its pre-budget submission, and other activities, ways the Province can help municipal governments. 

Province Announces Details of Basic Income Pilot
The government announced details of a Basic Income pilot in Ontario, to be launched later this spring for a three-year period.

Provinces Announces Fair Housing Plan for Ontario.
“Fair Housing” Announcement:  Package includes 16 initiatives, some province-wide and some geographic specific.

Federal Cannabis Legislation Tabled
Federal framework for Marijuana: What’s in federal legislation/regulations and what province has to decide and municipal relationship.

Waste Diversion - The Blue Box Today and Tomorrow
Waste Diversion and Blue Box transition to producer responsibility regime.

Plate Denial for Defaulted POA Fines Begins May 1

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has confirmed that as of May 1 drivers with defaulted Provincial Offences Act (POA) fines (such as speeding fines) dating back to May 1, 2010 will be unable to renew their vehicle plates until defaulted fines have been paid.