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

Ontario Budget Bulletin: #3
We promised to keep you updated on the Ontario Budget impacts. This will update you on: i) changes and impacts; ii) policing grants and iii) public health.

Another Budget Shoe Drops Today
AMO is doing cumulative impact analysis as fiscal information becomes available for all affected service areas such as public health and child care. The impacts will be weighted against the Budget’s comment that changes and costs need to be sustainable for both orders of government.

AMO’s Initial Review of Bill 107, the Getting Ontario Moving Act, 2019 and Bill 108, the More Homes, More Choices Act, 2019
On May 2nd, 2019, two Bills of key interest to municipal governments were introduced. This update focuses on schedules of primary importance to municipal governments. AMO will continue to analyze the legislation and keep you updated as further information becomes available. A number of changes will require regulations.

AMO President's Statement
The Ontario Government outlined a range of changes that are intended to quickly increase Ontario’s supply of affordable housing. It seeks to provide a greater range of housing types, faster. AMO policy staff will be reviewing the details carefully and sharing updates over the coming days and weeks.

Budget Update: Provincial In-Year Funding Reductions
Several provincial funding reductions and items of municipal interest happened late last week and we wanted you to be aware of them. Not all had media or social media coverage. This update shares the information we have and we will continue to update you.  We would encourage CAOs/ City Managers to share this with your staff as our database may not include them.

AMO’s Deeper Look at 2019 Provincial Budget.
This is the second installment of AMO’s Budget Analysis. This installment covers:
(A) Areas of concern
(B) Areas where discussion work is to occur (i.e. provincial reviews)
(C) Matters of broad municipal interest

It also identifies “new” initiatives/policies and “status updates” for others.

2019 Ontario Budget Highlights
AMO will continue to review the budget document and related bills and provide further updates and details as needed in the days ahead.

Child Care and Early Years in Ontario Planning for Successful Outcomes
AMO is committed to working with the Province to expand access to more affordable, high quality, and safe licensed child care for the people of Ontario. The recommendations in this submission are based on analysis and advice provided by the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA), the staff association representing municipal service system managers in Ontario responsible for administering and co-funding child care and early learning programs.

Municipal Budgets May be Affected by Animal Cruelty Enforcement Changes
A download risk is developing for municipal governments and police services regarding the enforcement of animal cruelty laws. AMO has been advised that the Ministry of the Solicitor General is canvassing all municipal CAOs and police services for information related to current practises.

Your Round-Up - Things You Need to Know
The past two weeks were full of government announcements and significant news relevant to our members. AMO was also active representing members at Queen’s Park. This roundup identifies good news as well as decisions that will have negative municipal impacts. AMO will continue to work with the government to attempt to mitigate these as much as possible.

Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act: Submission to the Standing Committee on General Government
Bill 66 is a broad piece of legislation guided by important objectives - to help our businesses and families in Ontario succeed by reducing red tape and regulatory burden. It also meaningfully addresses a long-standing municipal request that the provincial government clarify that municipal governments are not construction employers. AMO welcomes this proposed reform and supports measures that help Ontario businesses and families thrive as a matter of principle. While we support the Labour Relations Act reforms, this submission respectfully proposes a number of amendments to improve the legislation.

2019 Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund Allocations Announced
Today, the Ministry of Finance issued 2019 allocation notices from the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF).

Rural and Northern Infrastructure Projects - Intake Announced and Will Open for Eight Weeks
Municipal governments can now apply for projects under the Rural and Northern Fund, one of the four funding streams within the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Bilateral Agreement. AMO will keep members updated on the status of the other three funding streams.

Bill 68, Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act, 2019: Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy
Much of what has driven the cost of policing in Ontario is the legislation that governs policing. As a result, legislation that enables improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of policing has been a key goal of municipal elected officials for many years. There are some changes in Bill 68 which will advance the agenda to modernize policing. But there are equally some elements of the Bill which will drive municipal costs and police budgets even higher.

Government Announces New Health Care Plan
Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced the Government of Ontario's plan for developing an integrated patient care system. AMO will continue to analyze the municipal impacts. Conversations with the government will be grounded in the recommendations of AMO’s recently released health policy discussion paper Partners for a Healthy Ontario: A Check-up on the Municipal Role for Health

The Importance of Development Charges: AMO Submission to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on “Increasing Housing Supply in Ontario” consultations