Climate change affects Ontario communities in many ways, but one of its most obvious impacts is the increase in storm and shoreline flooding.
august 2020 backgrounder municipal implications climate change affects ontario communities in many ways, but one of its most obvious impacts is the increase in storm and shoreline flooding. adapting to more frequent extreme weather events such as flooding will be key to...

The provincial and federal governments have reached an agreement to support Ontario’s plan to safely reopen child care and early years programs to full capacity in September.


A Path for Economic Recovery
august 2020 backgrounder municipal implications   the covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical need for communities to be connected through broadband and cellular services as well as the stark inequality between communities. ontarians need connectivity to access...

The upload agreement continues to be critical for municipal governments, especially as Ontario moves towards economic recovery from COVID-19.


Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced changes to the federal Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan (ICIP)
august 5, 2020 covid-19 infrastructure program   today, the honourable catherine mckenna, minister of infrastructure and communities, announced changes to the federal investing in canada infrastructure plan (icip) to help communities adapt to new need to manage the ...

Development charges are a municipal revenue tool used to recover the costs of new municipal infrastructure needed to serve new neighbourhoods or developments. Provincial rules determine how these charges are calculated.
august 2020 backgrounder municipal implications bill 197, the covid-19 economic recovery act, 2020 received royal assent in july 2020. this omnibus bill made changes to the development charges act, 1997 and planning act, 1990 by introducing a new “all in one” re...

Energy policy in Ontario covers electricity generation, transmission and conservation, as well as energy facilities like renewable energy sources.
august 2020 backgrounder municipal implications amo believes the best approach to managing energy is long-term system planning that considers social and environmental policy, as well as financial and economic impacts. this approach to managing energy is key to supporting...

In Ontario, the Province guides land use planning through several pieces of legislation, including the Planning Act, Provincial Policy Statement (PPS), and provincial plans like the Greenbelt Plan and the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.
august 2020 backgrounder municipal implications this year covid-19 created significant challenges for the development review process. amo successfully advocated for the suspension of planning act timelines. this allowed municipal operations to first focus on emergenc...

Since the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act came into force in 2016, municipal governments, service providers, producer groups, and the provincial government have been working hard to transition Ontario’s waste diversion programs to full producer responsibility.
august 2020 backgrounder municipal implications last august, minister of the environment, conservation and parks, jeff yurek, announced that the blue box program would transition to full producer responsibility. this means, producers (such as retailers and manufacturers...

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to deepend poverty levels. There is no question that the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on Ontario’s most vulnerable as people have lost jobs or experienced reductions in income.
august 2020 backgrounder municipal implications the covid-19 pandemic threatens to deepend poverty levels. there is no question that the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on ontario’s most vulnerable as people have lost jobs or experienced reductions in income...

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