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News Release from the Province: Ontario to Modernize Municipal Legislation

Nov 17, 2016

The Province issued a News Release on 16 November 2016 regarding proposed changes to three key pieces of municipal legislation - the Municipal Act, the City of Toronto Act, and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

According to the News Release, if the proposed changes pass they would:

  • increase fairness and reduce barriers for women and parents elected to municipal governments by allowing time off for pregnancy or parental leave;
  • empower municipalities to address climate change in their communities through by-laws related to green construction in certain circumstances;
  • broaden municipal investment powers, which may help better finance repairs and replacements of local infrastructure;
  • improve access to justice for the public and for municipal councillors by allowing integrity commissioners to investigate complaints;
  • require municipalities to have a code of conduct for members of municipal councils and local boards.

The News Release is available on the Province's website here

Author(s): Sharmini Mahadevan


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