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

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.

2018 Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund Allocations
The Ministry of Finance issued 2018 allocation notices from the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF). The total funding envelope to municipalities will be increased by $5 million to $510 million. We understand that this is a permanent increase to OMPF for 2018 and beyond.

AMO President on Improtant Bill 148 News
Positive Amendments to Bill 148 will help municipal governments avoid new costs.

Government Consultation on Income Security Reform
AMO will conduct further analysis and the Board will consider the municipal impacts of the report’s recommendations.

New Policing Legislation Introduced at Queen’s Park
Long-awaited policing legislation was introduced following a five-year review by the Future of Policing Advisory Committee (FPAC), of which AMO was an active participant, and Justice Tulloch’s Independent Police Oversight Review. Through our widely read report, AMO was the only participant at FPAC to express publicly a clear vision of how policing, in its totality, could be modernized to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Attorney General Introduces Ontario’s Cannabis Act, 2017.
AMO will work with municipal governments and the province for a successful implementation of the Ontario approach, while advocating for responsible, locally regulated private businesses in the future to maximize economic development opportunities for communities, including municipalities in rural and northern Ontario.

AMO Submission re Bill 142, An Act to Amend the Construction Lien Act, 2017.
AMO has been actively involved in the four-year review process and is supportive of many aspects of Bill 142. However, we encourage you to download the full submission to learn more about what amendments we are looking for during clause-by-clause consideration.

Call to Action - Talk to Your MPPs About Estimated Fiscal Impacts of Bill 148
Members’ voices are needed in requesting AMO’s priority Bill 148 amendments and letting your local MPPs know what the estimated fiscal impacts could be for your municipality.

CRA Pursuing Municipal Emergency Workers Parking as Taxable Benefit
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has assessed added taxes to Toronto municipal employees, particularly fire, police and paramedic workers who park at their local emergency stations.

AMO Opposes Proposed Changes to Public Health System
After careful consideration by AMO’s Board of Directors and our Health Task Force, AMO does not support the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Public Health and urges the government not to adopt them.

Health Omnibus Bill With Municipal Implications
AMO staff and the AMO Health Task Force will review all these legislative amendments in detail to assess the municipal impacts. Further information to members will be provided when available.