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

Provincial Government Releases Fall Economic Statement
Today the Minister of Finance, the Honourable Victor Fedeli, released the 2018 Fall Economic Statement.

Cannabis Retail Regulations Released
The Ministry of the Attorney General has released proposed regulations governing private cannabis retail in Ontario.

Queen’s Park This Week
To keep you informed, here is an update of what has happened of municipal interest.

Members’ Update:  While You Were Busy
October was a busy month for elected municipal officials and clerks.  Given this, we wanted to provide an update of provincial legislation and activities that you may not have had a chance to consider with local elections and activities. 

Social Assistance Reform
AMO is supportive of government efforts to reduce poverty and achieve greater overall affordability for the people of Ontario. An essential building block to help achieve this is to have a modern, responsive, effective and cost-efficient social assistance system.

Bill 36, Ontario Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act - Ready for Legislative Approval
Many groups, including AMO recommended changes to clarify elements of the framework, the Committee made only one change.  It clarifies that the amount of cannabis sold at one time to an individual is limited to 30 grams, in line with individual possession limits under federal legislation.

AMO Recommendations: Bill 36 Ontario Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018
AMO briefed the government members of the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Social Policy regarding the Association’s recommendations on Bill 36.

AMO Briefing: Municipal Governments in the Ontario Recreational Cannabis Framework
AMO has developed a briefing document, Municipal Governments in the Ontario Recreational Cannabis Framework, for municipal governments to help elected officials and staff understand the legislation and the regulatory environment for recreational cannabis in Ontario.

Bill 36 - Changes to other Acts related to the Use and Sale of Cannabis
AMO staff will be going through the Bill in detail and will provide further information to members in the coming days. In the meantime, the links below will take you to a technical summary prepared by the province and to Bill 36.

Province to Introduce Private Cannabis Retail Legislation – With Municipal Opt Out
AMO supports private cannabis retail for the jobs and economic benefits it can offer to communities. However, municipalities and the communities they serve will experience the impacts of cannabis legalization first-hand.

Ontario Introduces Legislation to Expand Natural Gas through Private Investment
The new program replaces the previous governments’ natural gas expansion grants and loans to communities. Know that natural gas expansion is of great interest to many of our members and their communities. AMO will continue to report out to members on this initiative as more details become available.

RPRA Sets 2019 Blue Box Steward Funding Obligation
The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) has set the 2019 Blue Box Steward Funding Obligation at $126.4 million. AMO, Toronto, RPWCO and MWA will be reviewing RPRA’s decision on the Obligation to determine if a formal dispute process should be invoked.

Ford Government Announces Legislation Impacting Municipal Governments and Changes to Cannabis Implementation
No matter how cannabis is sold in Ontario, municipal governments will have a critical role to play. Policing, by-law enforcement, public health, and economic development departments will all play a key role. AMO’s advice to the provincial government is that they need to give municipal governments the time and ability to adjust to an open retail market for recreational cannabis.

AMO Stands with Canada and Ontario on NAFTA
Changes to NAFTA could have major repercussions on the prosperity of Canada’s local, regional and national economies. In passing this resolution AMO, and municipal governments across Ontario, are sending a strong message that municipal leaders stand with and support our provincial and federal governments in ensuring fairness and prosperity for Canadians.

Demand to Protect Double Hatter Firefighters - New Video
AMO and ROMA are calling on you to share the video on social media, and to ask your local provincial candidates where they stand on protection of double hatter firefighters.