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

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

AMO’s Submission to Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan Consultation
AMO welcomes this provincial government consultation to create a made-in-Ontario Housing Supply Action Plan. AMO emphasizes throughout this submission that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution.

New Policy Resources Available For a New Year: 
AMO’s 2019 Pre-Budget Submission, 2 policy discussion papers on health issues and response to Preserving and Protecting Our Environment for Future Generations

AMO’s 2019 Pre-Budget Submission: For the People, Every Dollar Counts.
Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Members are encouraged to reinforce its key messages their discussions with their local MPPs and Ministers.

Province’s “Regional Review” to be Limited
The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Honourable Steve Clark, announced today that this review is limited to nine (9) upper tiers and their constituent lower tiers. While this review does not include any other municipal jurisdictions or structures, and AMO is not involved in the specific reviews, it will keep an eye on any potential sector wide implications that the advisors’ recommendations may have for service delivery generally.

Financial risks for property taxpayers and municipal budgets
Grants from the provincial and federal government are a critical part of the municipal financial picture. They account for 20% of municipal revenue across the sector and for many smaller municipalities, represent an even higher percentage of local revenue.

At Queen’s Park: Summary of 2018 Completed Legislation
Significant municipal wins include legislative changes for enhanced protection for volunteer firefighters, fire interest arbitration process enhancements, and restoring municipal planning authority on renewable energy projects.  These were all long-standing municipal asks. AMO made submissions and/or attended Standing Committees that held hearings on various Bills.

Bill 66 – Municipal Implications Overview
On December 6th, 2018, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, the Honourable Todd Smith, introduced Bill 66, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act.  AMO is providing an overview and brief analysis as we pursue additional information and clarification to bring a report to the January Board of Directors meeting.

Cannabis Shortage Will Limit Number of Stores
Due to a national shortage in cannabis supply, the Ontario government has decided to take a Phased Approach for the number of retail stores and locations in the province.

Ontario Government Releases New Environment Plan for Consultation
The new plan, a broad and wide-ranging framework for action on land, air and water quality across the province sets out new climate change action and climate resilience targets for the province.  AMO will be reviewing the plan in detail and responding to the government through the consultations.