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

Guide to Cannabis Legalization for Municipalities Released
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) released the Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization. AMO is providing a companion document to help members get the most out of the FCM Guide.

Guidance on Traditional Land Acknowledgement Statements
This resource was developed by AMO’s recently created Indigenous Relations Task Force. Members have requested supports on creating a traditional land acknowledgement statement for their municipal government. The intention of this resource is therefore to provide guidance to interested municipal governments on how to draft a statement for their jurisdiction.

Cannabis Implementation – Municipal Funding Announcements
In the short term, this funding will help pay municipal costs and this is critically important. Keeping municipal governments whole is our goal. As well, AMO’s Board believes there is a future case to be made for this new federal and provincial revenue source to support broader community benefits.

Draft Response and Information on Proposed MCSCS Fire Regulations
As promised, please find attached a final draft of AMO’s comments on three proposed regulations to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997. 

Province Broadens Municipal Investment Powers
AMO, through Local Authority Services (LAS) and its ONE Investment program, has been advocating for prudent investor standard for a long time. It is in keeping with ONE’s 25-year track record of providing turnkey investment solutions for municipal governments, whether to help fund capital projects or build up reserve accounts.
 

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.