Legislation has been proposed that would help local municipalities become more open, flexible and accountable to the people they serve.
|Ontario introduced changes this week to three key pieces of municipal legislation.
The Municipal Act, the City of Toronto Act and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act set out the roles, responsibilities and conflict of interest rules for Ontario’s municipalities.
If passed, these changes would benefit local governments and residents by:
These changes come as a result of public consultations as well as feedback from municipalities and stakeholders.
Ontario is also strengthening democratic representation at the local level by proposing that the heads of most regional councils be elected to help ensure they are accountable to the voters they represent. This proposed change is part of Ontario’s Building Ontario Up For Everyone Act, 2016.
“Municipal governments provide essential services to the people of our province. The changes we are proposing will help strengthen local governments and enhance their ability to serve the residents of their communities.”
Supporting local governments is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.