Municipal Law Program (MLP)- re-developed as of October 2015 


Registration is open from December 1st to January 13th for the Winter Term that will run from February to May 2017. Spaces are guaranteed for anyone who registers on or before January 13th. You can register online or print the form to send cheque payment by mail - see Assignment Schedule. Once your registration is processed, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 - 48 hours, specific to your course that will include the link to access all materials from the AMCTO website. Registration will open July 2nd for the Fall Term. Come back and visit at the end of June, when details will be available.

Municipal law is a complex, constantly evolving area of municipal affairs. The goal of the Municipal Law Program (MLP) is to provide you with a general understanding of municipal legal matters and the knowledge of how far to proceed before seeking professional advice.

Unlike other AMCTO courses, where a certificate is issued upon conclusion of the entire units of the program, a Certificate of Completion is awarded once you have successfully completed each MLP Unit.

MLP was re-developed for implementation of the new curriculum during the Winter 2016 Term. Anyone returning to take another MLP Unit will complete them under the new curriculum.

Although each unit of MLP are stand-a-lone certificate programs, completing all four units within a three-year timeline is a element of the AMCTO's Diploma in Municipal Administration (DMA).

Unit 1 - Introduction to Municipal Law provides a general context of the law and the legal framework governing Municipalities. It also introduces students to the infrastructure of Municipal organization and operation. Further, the lessons provide an overview of the Municipal Act of 2001 and address legal and philosophical issues of statutory interpretation. Other topics in the Unit deal with Municipal by-laws and how to define, draft, enforce and defend them. The Unit concludes with a discussion of how to manage Municipal records.

MLP Unit 1 Outline.pdf

Unit 3 - Municipal Contracts focuses on contract law and their application to Municipalities. The lessons cover subjects such as the formation of contracts and their statutory framework. The discussion also addresses the various elements of a contract and the principles surrounding its termination. Other topics in the Unit include the analysis of a contract, various types of contracts, the capacity to contract, as well as the basic procedures of drafting of a contract.

MLP Unit 3 Outline.pdf

Unit 2 - Municipal Torts examines tort law in the context of Municipal liability. In particular, it addresses issues related to liability in enforcement activities, public works activities, and recreational activities. The Unit also examines liability in matters dealing directly with Municipal politicians for things like negligence, unlawful interference with economic interests, libel and slander, breach of trust, abuse of office and the like. The discussion also includes various remedies under tort law, with an emphasis on the classification, measure and awarding of damages. Other topics in the Unit include limitation periods in law. The Unit concludes with a discussion of insurance, including their acquisition and the process of making of claims.

MLP Unit 2 Outline.pdf

Unit 4 – Municipal Land Related Law focuses on Municipal land-related law. It addresses core topics like landholding and landowners, ownership and other interests in land. It also examines issues related to descriptions, plans and surveys in Ontario. The Unit further provides a discussion of the Planning Act, including a detailed analysis of Provincial plans, Provincial policy statements and related official plans. Other significant and often highly controversial subjects within the Planning Act covered in the Unit are zoning and site plan control. The Unit also addresses issues of land division and the development permit system associated with the Planning Act. The remaining topics in the Unit include discussions about statutes creating a lien on land, Municipal tax collection, Municipal land dealings and the Building Code Act of 1992.

MLP Unit 4 Outline.pdf

All course materials are provided online including the unit textbook
            Fee for each unit with PDF version of textbook is $395.50 (350.00 + 45.50 HST #R106732936)
Fee for each unit with PDF and Hardcopy of textbook is $435.05 (350.00 + 35.00 + 50.05 HST #R106732936
Note: Hardcopy textbook will be shipped after registration closes January 13th.

Challenging one or all four MLP Units (New for the Winter 2016 Term)

Applicants must have a minimum of 5-years related municipal experience in a senior supervisory role and/or related courses to receive approval to challenge one or all units of MLP. Challenging one or all units of MLP is an opportunity to receive credit for a specific MLP Unit without submitting assignments. Approved applicants will be required to submit a paper and write an exam for each unit. An overall minimum passing grade of 70% must be attained to gain credit for the specific MLP Unit you are challenging.

Fee with PDF version of textbook: $248.60 per unit (220.00 + 28.60 HST #R106732936)
Fee with PDF and Hardcopy of textbook:
$288.15 per unit (220.00 + 35.00 + 33.15 HST #R106732936)

Those who meet the minimum requirements mentioned above and are interested in applying to challenge any unit of MLP, submit the MLP Challenge Application to Rosita Bourke


Refund Policy: A student who cancels from any Unit before the first scheduled assignment due date is entitled to a partial refund of fees less a refund levy of $113.00 (includes HST). In order to receive the partial refund, you must submit written notice of your cancellation to No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after the first scheduled assignment due date. A student cannot transfer their registration or payment to a later date. No returns accepted or no refunds for the hard copy textbook.