Deadline for Feeback to the Province has been extended

On June 18th, 2015 we posted some important information regarding the Provincial review of the Municipal Act, City of Toronto Act and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. At that time, the deadline for feedback was August 7, 2015. Recently, the Province extended the deadline to October 31, 2015. Please see the press release below:

Have Your Say: Feedback Deadline for Municipal Legislation Review Extended to October 31, 2015

Ontario is reviewing the Municipal Act, City of Toronto Act, and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. We want to ensure our local governments remain strong and financially-sustainable, and that they continue to be accountable, flexible and responsive to the people they serve.
We have already heard from the public and many municipalities, community groups and key stakeholders on a range of important issues. We want to continue the conversation. The deadline for comments has been extended to October 31, 2015.
We encourage municipalities and organizations to make their residents, staff, and stakeholders aware of the resources available online and the opportunities to comment as part of these reviews:
• Submit comments online at
• Email comments to [email protected]
• Write to:
Municipal Legislation Review
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Local Government Policy Branch
777 Bay Street, 13th Floor, Toronto, ON M5G 2E5

À vous la parole : La date limite pour faire connaître votre opinion dans le cadre de l’examen de la législation sur les municipalités est reportée au 31 octobre 2015
L’Ontario est en train de revoir la Loi de 2001 sur les municipalités, la Loi de 2006 sur la cité de Toronto et la Loi sur les conflits d’intérêts municipaux. Nous voulons nous assurer que nos administrations locales demeurent solides, financièrement viables, responsables, souples et adaptables.
Des représentants du public, de nombreuses municipalités, de groupes communautaires et d’intervenants clés se sont déjà exprimés sur un large éventail d’enjeux importants, et nous voulons poursuivre la conversation. La date limite de présentation des observations a été reportée au 31 octobre 2015.

Nous encourageons les municipalités et les organismes à informer leurs résidents, leur personnel et les intervenants des ressources disponibles en ligne et des moyens mis à leur disposition pour faire connaître leur point de vue dans le cadre de ces examens.
• Présenter ses observations en ligne à
• Envoyer ses observations par courriel à [email protected]
• Écrire à :
Examen de la législation sur les municipalités
Ministère des Affaires municipales et du Logement
Direction des politiques relatives aux administrations locales
777, rue Bay, 13e étage, Toronto ON M5G 2E5

Ontario Increasing On-Road Access for Off-Road and All-Terrain Vehicles

New Rules Will Also Strengthen Safety Requirements for Riders

On June 8, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. the Province of Ontario issued the following press release:

Ontario is enhancing on-road access for more types of off-road vehicles (ORVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) while increasing safety requirements for riders.

Beginning July 1, 2015, the province is implementing the following changes to ensure that ORV and ATV riders safely reach their destination:

    • More types of ORVs and ATVs, including two-up ATVs, side-by-side ATVs and utility-terrain vehicles (UTVs), will be allowed to use the shoulder of public roads.
    • All riders — including drivers and passengers of all ages — will have to wear a helmet and use a seatbelt or foot rests, where applicable

This month, the province is promoting the new rules before they come in force July 1st, 2015 to ensure that municipalities have enough time to make necessary by-law amendments and to remind riders and drivers about the change. The province is also allowing an education period to take place between July 1 to Sept. 1, 2015, before violation tickets are issued. However, during this time police officers may still lay a charge through a summons.

Ontario is home to thousands of kilometres of recreational trails making it a popular destination for riders from across Canada and the world. The province consulted with a wide array of trail, municipal, industry, enforcement, as well as health and safety stakeholders to ensure the rules strike the right balance.

Enhancing Ontario’s tourism and recreational opportunities is part of the government’s plan for Ontario. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

” Our government recognizes the importance of a vibrant, sustainable and safe powersports sector in Ontario, and we support providing Ontarians with more options to safely explore our vast province.”
– Steven Del Duca
Minister of Transportation

• Off-road vehicle (ORVs) is a broad term that can include single-rider, two-up and side-by-side ATVs and utility terrain vehicles.
• Drivers operating a permitted ORV along a road or highway must hold at least a G2 or M2 driver’s licence, and their vehicle must be registered and insured.
• Previous to July 1, 2015, only single-rider ATV’s could operate along certain provincial and municipal highways.

Patrick Searle Minister’s Office
[email protected]
Bob Nichols Communications Branch

OMEX will continue to monitor and research this issue for the membership. Members and Alumnae, please stay tuned for further information.

Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

The Pan Am Games are here! After years of hard work and planning, many municipalities are preparing for competition day. While opening ceremonies are scheduled for this Friday July 10th, the water polo competition began yesterday in the City of Markham.

The Pan Am and Parapan Am Games bring not only competition days to many municipalities in the GTA and Niagara Peninsula, but also a Torch Relay. For the Pan Am games, the torch travelled across more than 130 communities from May 30 until July 10. Many of those communities created a Special Event to coincide with the Torch Relay.

The Parapan Am torch will travel along the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail from August 3 through to August 7, ending with a simultaneous lighting in both Ottawa and Toronto.

For those municipalities in Ontario who have successfully executed their Torch Relay Event, we would recommend a review of the event with all parties involved in the planning and execution of the event. This could include your local police force and other emergency personnel such as fire and ambulance. How did the event play out? Was there anything that went particularly well or anything that took an unexpected turn or required the use of a Plan B? Was there anything that took more time or was a last minute rush? A post event examination of Special Events is a great way to improve and/or create new plans to manage risk.

If you want to share your findings with fellow municipalities, please log in to the Insurance Forums section of this site and share your experiences!

For a quick look at the games schedule, please click here.

OMEX is pleased to Congratulate Mr. Jeffrey Abrams on his recent Prestige Award from AMCTO

Jeffrey Abrams, City Clerk for the City of Vaughan and a member of the OMEX Board of Directors, is the recipient of the 2015 Prestige Award from AMCTO (the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario).  Mr. Abrams was presented with the Award at AMCTO’s 77th Annual Conference held in Thunder Bay, Ontario earlier this month.

AMCTO is the largest municipal professional association in Ontario. AMCTO presents the Prestige Award annually to a member in recognition of a career of outstanding commitment to the ideals of the Association, and to endeavours which raise the profile of the municipal profession.

On behalf of everyone at OMEX, we would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Jeff.

To read more about this amazing achievement for Mr. Abrams, please click here.

Province of Ontario to review the Municipal Act, City of Toronto Act, and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

The Province recently released the following communication piece:

Ontario is launching an integrated review of the Municipal Act, City of Toronto Act, and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

We want to ensure our local governments remain strong and financially-sustainable, and that they continue to be accountable, flexible and responsive to the people they serve.

Over the next two months our government will be consulting with the public, municipalities, community groups and key stakeholders to hear about what’s working, what we can continue improving and suggested solutions.

Have your say:

Municipal Legislation Review
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Local Government Policy Branch
777 Bay Street, 13th Floor, Toronto, ON M5G 2E5

The deadline for comments is August 7, 2015.

Thank you for your participation.

For information on the review of the Municipal Elections Act, and for opportunities to provide input, please visit

OMEX encourages all municipalitles to participate in this review. The links contain some great resources for you, including a discussion guide.

2015 Annual General Meeting

On Thursday May 28, 2015, OMEX held its 2015 Annual General Meeting. 2014 was a year of change for OMEX. In June we welcomed our new President and Attorney in Fact, Nahla Hanna. As a team, we are well into some exciting strategic intiatives for the membership, inlcuding price to value strategies and redefining our value proposition. Our President also introduced changes to the reciprocal agreement. It is an exciting time at OMEX as we strengthen our foundation and lay the groundwork for the changes to come. Our 2014 Annual Report has been posted on this site under About/Annual Report. Please head over there to review the document.

Thank you to our members for attending. It was an informative day!

IMG_8702sm Nahla Hanna, President and Attorney in Fact

IMG_8699sm Nahla Hanna presenting the financials

IMG_8659 Shelby Askin Hager, Board Chair

Proposed Ontario Trails Act

On May 13, 2015 the Ontario Trails Council announced that on May 12th they were pleased to attend Minister Michael Couteau’s announcement of an Ontario Trails Act.

Below you will find the Press Release. The Act is open for comments. If you are interested in participating, please see the link located in the Press Release. OMEX Members and Alumni, please head over to the Members section for further details.

Trails Act 2015 press release

A recent decision involving the City of Hamilton

Earlier this month, the City of Hamilton was ordered to pay eight (8) million dollars on a 2002 accident involving a young child in a cross walk with a crossing guard. Part of the claim centered around whether or not the crossing guard left their post early that day.

To read more on this decision, please click here.

OMEX New Team Member

We are pleased to introduce our new team member Maddie Sonny,  Senior Underwriter who will join OMEX as of April 20th, 2015.

Maddie Sonny has worked in the insurance industry for over 20 years in various capacities.  She has commercial underwriting experience in all lines of coverage.   Maddie has managed commercial insurance programs with an MGA, and her most recent role at Aviva Canada was as Underwriting Specialist in Governance and Controls across Canada.

Maddie is excited about her new and challenging position at OMEX, and is looking to be part of the organization’s future and success.

She is looking forward to working with the OMEX team on bringing the best insurance solutions to our members.

Please join us in welcoming Maddie to the OMEX family.