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Legislation and Regulations 

Municipal Act 2001Woodstock Courthouse

  • Key Dates to Remember: Important submission or action dates for municipalities related to the Municipal Act.
  • Link to information on the Municipal Act, 2001 and associated regulations, and
  • A plain language e-guide on the Act that compares the former Act with the current Act, and provides practical implementation examples/tips.

Line Fences Act

Heritage Property Tax Relief

The Municipal Act, 2001 gives municipalities the option of establishing a tax relief program for owners of eligible heritage properties. The newly released Heritage Property Tax Relief: A guide for Municipalities provides a 10-step process for establishing a heritage tax relief program.

Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act sets out a framework for when it is appropriate for members of municipal council and local boards to participate in decision-making, keeping in mind the overall goal of protecting the public interest. 

Municipal Elections Act

Find answers to your questions on municipal elections and the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 here. 


Access all other Provincial legislation and regulations on e-laws.

Programs and Projects

Municipal Performance Measurement Program

Municipal Restructuring

The Municipal Act, 2001 defines three types of municipalities:  upper-tier municipalities and lower-tier municipalities within a two-tier municipal system, and single-tier municipalities that are not part of a two-tier system. Since the mid-1990s, as some counties and regional municipalities merged with their constituent local municipalities, the number of municipalities was reduced from 815 to 445. Detailed information is found on the MAH Municipal Restructuring web page.

Restructuring Maps of Ontario

Tools and Resources

List of Western Municipalities

  • listing of municipalities in the province

    Service Delivery Review Guides

    Service Delivery Review Guides  - The guides were prepared to help municipalities in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the services they deliver, and to assist councils in both meeting their fiscal challenges and finding better ways to manage public expenditures.  List of Southwestern Municipalities

    Property Assessment and Taxation

    Procurement Guide for Municipalities

    The Municipal Act, 2001 requires municipalities and local boards to develop policies by bylaw, or in the case of local boards by resolution, that will be used to guide the procurement of goods and services.  To learn more about considerations/processes in the development of procurement policies review the Procurement Guide for Municipalities.

    For more information on public procurement visit:

    Municipal Business and Financial Tools

    Economic Development / Finance - access to a variety guides, handbooks and reference material for municipalities to use in their daily business.

    Innovative Service Delivery

    Innovative Service Delivery - approaches and practices in the public sector.

    Ontario Municipal CAO's Benchmarking Initiative (OMBI)

    OMBI is a municipal partnership project assisting Ontario municipalities to analyze service delivery performance, encouraging service excellence in municipal government.

    Accessibility Ontario Sites

    Access up-to date information on accessibility issues relating to the Ontarians with Disabilities Act and answers to most frequently asked questions.  

    Tools for Municipalities - guides, how-to’s and best practices for municipalities to use in developing their Accessibility Plans.

    Rural Community and Organizational Development Resources

    Online fact sheets on community and organization development, strategic and program planning for organizations, as well as many other topics at Rural Development Information, Resources and Fact Sheets.


      Municipal Associations/ Organizations/ Academic Institutions