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

Federal Budget Includes Funding for Infrastructure, Housing and Child Care
The Budget was widely expected to elaborate on funding plans for infrastructure commitments from the government’s election platform and 2016 Budget and 2016 Fall Economic Statement, providing more details on priorities within the five categories of:  green, social, transit, trade and transportation, and rural and northern community infrastructure.

Bill 68, Modernizing Municipal Legislation
Proposed Changes to Municipal Act (MA), Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (MCIA), Municipal Elections Act (MEE) and several other Acts.

Strategy for a Waste Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy Released
On March 1st, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray released the Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy. The Strategy is intended to serve as a road map to shift Ontario towards a circular economy and a zero-waste future.

Municipal Governments and Immigration: A Primer for Members
While municipal governments have no constitutional responsibility for immigrant selection, settlement and integration, new immigrants live in local communities and interact with municipal services immediately upon arrival, including social and health services.

The Blue Box Enters a New Era
Municipal governments have long wanted those who make or sell products and packaging to pay the full costs of managing the waste they create.

Policing Grants Update
In January, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the Ontario Association of Police Service Boards, and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police raised concerns with the government regarding sudden changes made to policing grants for 2017-18.

AMO Response to the Basic Income Pilot Consultation
The AMO Board approved a response to the provincial consultations on a Basic Income pilot, based on proposed comments from AMO staff, working jointly with Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) and the Northern Ontario Service Deliverers Association (NOSDA).

Energy in Ontario: A Primer
Energy is generated in Ontario from various sources, and includes public and private companies.

Housing in Ontario: A Primer
Affordable housing contributes to the economic and social well-being of Ontario’s communities and the Province as a whole. Ontario is the only province where social housing is a municipal responsibility.