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

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.

Bill 68 Submission and 1/3 Tax Exemption
AMO continues to promote changes to the Bill and will appear before the Standing Committee on Social Policy on April 11.

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.