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Review of Municipal Act, City of Toronto Act and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

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Review of Municipal Act, City of Toronto Act and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

Ontario is consulting on the Municipal Act, City of Toronto Act and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

The Municipal Act, 2001 sets out many of the roles, responsibilities and powers for Ontario's municipalities. The City of Toronto Act, 2006 sets a similar framework specifically for the City of Toronto, while reflecting Toronto's status as Ontario's largest municipality.

The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act sets out conflict of interest rules for municipal council members and members of local boards.

The review of these acts will focus on three broad themes:

  • Accountability and Transparency - will consider municipal accountability, conflict of interest, compliance, and transparency in local decision-making.
  • Financial Sustainability - will consider the effective use of existing financial tools and any barriers that may be preventing municipalities from achieving long-term financial sustainability.
  • Responsive and Flexible Service Delivery - will consider municipal service delivery; the role of community councils, and how municipalities are responding to climate change.

Public Consultations Process

A discussion document has been posted online to guide the public consultations. Ontarians can provide their input on how the legislation is working by:

  • Emailing their comments to municipalreview@ontario.ca
  • Sending a letter to:
    Municipal Legislation Review
    Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
    777 Bay St., 13th Floor
    Toronto, ON M5G 2E5
  • Posting their comments to the Environmental Registry.

The deadline for comments is August 7, 2015.

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