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 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.

Canabis Retail Consultation to Start Soon
AMO has supported private cannabis retail approach to create jobs and income locally in our communities. We called for a strong municipal voice through local zoning and licensing of both supply and retail of recreational cannabis so they are located and operated in a way that respects communities’ needs.

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.

Ontario Government’s Speech from the Throne
At Queen’s Park, the Lieutenant Governor, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, read the Speech from the Throne speech outlining the Progressive Conservative government’s legislative objectives. The new provincial government is seeking to deliver quickly on key actions discussed during the campaign.

New Ontario Government Takes Office
Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell has sworn in Premier Doug Ford and his new Cabinet at Queen’s Park. AMO President Lynn Dollin sent a congratulatory letter to Premier Ford and discussions with the incoming government have started. Letters to Cabinet Ministers will also be sent highlighting issues that touch municipal governments in either a policy, regulatory, or program manner.

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.

Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Introduces Important Policy Changes for Fire and Police - What You Need to Know
AMO and its members are not pleased with some of the changes to the delivery of fire and police services.