Ontario Invests in Small and Rural Municipalities to Improve Service Delivery and Efficiency

Published on March 20, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SIMCOE NORTH

MARCH 20TH, 2019

 

 

Ontario Invests in Small and Rural Municipalities to Improve Service Delivery and Efficiency

Investments Will Support Communities, Respect Taxpayer Dollars

Simcoe North - Ontario’s government is working for the people to improve local service delivery and efficiency in the province’s municipalities. On March 20, 2019, Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced a one-time investment for many of Ontario’s small and rural municipalities.

“I am thrilled to announce that Simcoe North will receive a total of $5,231,066.00 and Simcoe County will receive a total of $725,000,00 to improve service delivery by finding smarter, more efficient ways to spend money that help those who need it most while respecting taxpayer dollars,” said Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North.  “This funding puts Ontarians at the heart of municipal decision making and will help to support our rural municipalities in their efforts to modernize and improve the way they provide services to our communities.”  Dunlop stated that with this announcement, the government was illustrating, once again, their belief that municipalities are best positioned to understand the unique local circumstances and determine where and how this money is best spent to respect taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars.

Ontario’s government was elected to restore transparency and accountability in Ontario’s finances. The province undertook a line-by-line review of its own expenditures, and expects their partners, including municipalities, to be taking steps to become more efficient. Examples could include service delivery reviews, development of shared services agreements, IT solutions, capital investments or other projects. Municipalities will decide how to best target funding to benefit their local communities.

“Taxpayers need their local government to deliver modern, efficient services that show respect for their hard-earned dollars. This funding will help small and rural municipalities improve how they deliver services and reduce the ongoing costs of providing those services,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “I look forward to continuing to work together with our municipal partners to help people and businesses in communities across our province thrive.”

The funding supports Ontario’s commitment to reduce the cost of government.

FUNDING BREAKDOWN FOR SIMCOE NORTH:

MUNICIPALITY

$ AMOUNT

Simcoe County

725,000

City of Orillia

520,308

Town of Midland

676,935

Town Penetanguishene

649,148

Township of Tiny

676,935

Ramara Township

676,935

Township of Severn

676,935

Tay Township

676,935

Township of Oro-Medonte

676,935

 

QUICK FACTS:

  • 405 small and rural municipalities will receive funding.
  • To ensure investments are targeted to where they are needed most, funding will be allocated based on the number of households in a municipality and whether the municipality is urban or rural.

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