Today, Ontario passed legislation to empower municipalities to be more open, accountable and flexible in responding to the needs of residents.
The Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act amends the Municipal Act, the City of Toronto Act and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. The changes will:
Increase fairness and reduce barriers for women and parents elected to municipal governments and school boards by allowing time off for pregnancy or parental leave
Provide broader municipal investment powers to eligible municipalities that may help raise more revenue to improve local infrastructure
Enhance local government accountability and integrity across the province by requiring municipalities to have a code of conduct for members of municipal councils and local boards
Ensure the public and municipal councillors have access to integrity commissioners with a broadened role related to conflicts of interest and municipal codes of conduct.
Many of the changes being made with the passage of this legislation are based on feedback from municipalities, the public and other organizations during Municipal Legislation Review consultations in 2015.
Supporting the province’s municipalities is part of Ontario’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
The government is required by legislation to review the Municipal Act and City of Toronto Act every five years.
Ontario reviewed the Municipal Act and City of Toronto Act at the same time, along with the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, to address and incorporate broader themes of accountability and transparency into the review.
There are 444 municipalities in Ontario.