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Jul 2017 | THE JULY ISSUE

MUNICIPAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY IN THE WAKE OF BILL 8
ERIC MULLER, AMCTO

Over the past decade the discourse around accountability and transparency has come to dominate many discussions about politics and public policy in Canada. For Ontario’s municipal sector this discourse crystallized in 2014 into a piece of legislation now commonly referred to as ‘Bill 8.’ Passed into law in December of 2014, Bill 8 (the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act) is a wide-ranging piece of legislation impacting hundreds of organizations in the broader public sector. For many, the regulations imposed on municipalities seem like a step backwards for the municipal sector in terms of modernizing government procedures and obtaining much needed autonomy.

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