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Federal Election 2019: A Lens for Ontario Municipal Governments

Posted: October 08, 2019

We are asking how the federal government can help to keep our communities clean, safe and great places to work and live. To help answer that question, here are the things AMO is thinking about as we consider the parties’ platforms and what the next federal government may mean for Ontario municipalities.

Confessions of a Public-Sector Trade-Show Rookie

Posted: September 25, 2019
Tagged As: About LAS, conference, travel

Trade shows are a business necessity, especially in the private sector. It’s a great way of meeting your customers or business partners face-to-face. But from my experience, trade shows have been mundane, stressful, and filled with unoriginal sales-pitches -- as if I were on the set of an infomercial, “Does your mop do this?” So, when I was told that part of my duties with LAS was to attend trade shows…all that came to mind was…well, nothing came to mind as it was fogged by a big, black cloud of dread.


Posted: September 11, 2019

AMO administers the federal gas tax fund for 443 municipalities in Ontario, distributing nearly $645 million across the province each year. The website shows how those funds have been used, showcasing the wide variety of unique projects done with this funding.

Grandview Lodge – a LED Lighting Success Story

Posted: August 27, 2019
Tagged As: Efficiency, Energy, LED, Retrofit

Upgrading your municipal facility lighting to cost-effective energy-saving LED lights could offer a solution to the ever-rising energy costs faced by your operating budgets. Municipalities that have participated in the LAS Facility Lighting Service can attest to the energy and maintenance cost savings this program offers.

AMO Conference 2019 – Where will LAS be?

Posted: August 14, 2019

The AMO Conference is coming quickly, and LAS is ready! Team members will be on hand throughout the conference to answer questions, listen to suggestions, and learn about how we can help Ontario municipalities work better.

LAS Launching Municipal Group Buying Program at AMO Conference

Posted: July 30, 2019
Tagged As: Group Buying, Public Procurement

You asked and we listened!  We heard that municipalities wanted more choice when it came to everyday products. That’s why LAS is looking forward to launching our newest program, designed to help Ontario municipalities simplify procurement and save time.

AMO-4S Partnership: A Robust and Configurable Occupational Health and Safety Management Program

Posted: July 17, 2019

AMO is partnering with 4S Consulting Services Inc. as our preferred provider of an occupational health and safety (OHS) management program. This partnership will help municipal governments continue to build effective OHS programs to improve productivity, reduce costs, and create a safer workplace.

The Municipal Investment Policy Statement

Posted: July 02, 2019

The Municipal Investment Policy Statement (IPS) is the responsibility of Council and is best undertaken with expert advice.  Its objective is to lay down parameters for investing municipal funds and it is intended to be valid for a policy-type timeframe, say five years or more.  Of course, it should be reviewed annually for appropriateness, in accordance with regulations.  The IPS provides direction to internal and external staff investing funds, and focuses specifically on defining municipal risk tolerance. 

Canadian Collaborative Procurement Initiative

Posted: June 18, 2019

The Canadian Collaborative Procurement Initiative (CCPI) is a federal program open to Broader Public Sector (BPS) organizations in Ontario and across the country.  This program allows for access to the purchasing arrangements (standing offers and supply arrangements) developed by Public Services & Procurement Canada (PSPC) by Provincial and Territorial governments, as well as municipalities, academic institutions, schools and hospitals (MASH) entities.

What Can Doubling of The Federal Gas Tax Do For My Municipality? It’s Up To You.

Posted: June 04, 2019

The federal government will be providing a one-time doubling of federal Gas Tax funds this year. That means over $800 million more for Ontario municipalities to spend on infrastructure. How will this funding affect your community?
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