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Funding will help small, rural municipalities deliver smarter government services says Clark

Funding will help small, rural municipalities deliver smarter government services says Clark

TORONTO — Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, announced 27 joint projects to be funded through the Municipal Modernization Program at the 2020 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) conference which wrapped up in Toronto on Tuesday.

“Our government is working with our municipal partners to make life more affordable, deliver smarter government services, create a more competitive business climate and build rural Ontario together,” said Clark. “I’m pleased so many municipalities are working together on these joint projects that will help deliver more efficient services for local people and businesses in Ontario’s small and rural communities.”

The application-based Municipal Modernization Program is open to Ontario’s 405 small and rural municipalities to help them find better, more efficient ways to operate and serve their residents. More than 300 projects were submitted in the first intake of the program and proposals are currently being reviewed. The initial government investment will support 27 joint projects involving over 130 municipalities to conduct service delivery reviews aimed at finding efficiencies and lowering costs in the longer term.

These reviews will help municipalities work together to identify opportunities for shared services and other ways to modernize local services to ensure taxpayers dollars are being used effectively and efficiently. For example, the Municipality of Charlton and Dack and the Township of Chamberlain used previous modernization funding to consolidate their offices. They now share space, equipment and an IT server and rent out the unused Chamberlain office to create revenue.

Premier Doug Ford, ministers and parliamentary assistants joined hundreds of municipal officials at the annual ROMA conference to discuss shared priorities, including health care, infrastructure, and improving internet access and cell connectivity in rural communities. This year, government officials met with more than 350 delegations.

At the conference, Premier Ford also announced a new intake of the Rural Economic Development program to help create jobs and support economic growth in rural Ontario. The province also hosted a roundtable discussion with rural stakeholders on economic development in their regions – the first in a series to be held across rural Ontario.

“Ontario’s rural communities are an integral part of our province and make incredible contributions to our economy,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “I’m proud our government is constantly striving to help rural Ontario succeed, including protecting farmland, improving broadband access and encouraging economic development.”

The government is also supporting small and rural municipalities by:

“Rural and northern municipal governments welcome additional provincial funding to invest in joint modernization efforts,” said Allan Thompson, ROMA Chair. “With limited staff and resources, these funds will go a long way to help make municipal services better and more efficient.”

The government is making an initial investment of up to $2.6 million through the Municipal Modernization Program to support 27 joint projects that will help over 130 small and rural municipalities identify opportunities to modernize local services.

The following municipalities in our area are working together to conduct service delivery reviews aimed at finding efficiencies and lowering costs in the longer term:

Township of Augusta

Town of Prescott

Joint Service Delivery Operational Review of Augusta Township and Town of Prescott

United Counties of Leeds and Grenville

Township of Athens; Township of Augusta; City of Brockville; Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal; Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley; Township of Front of Yonge; Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands; Village of Merrickville-Wolford; Municipality of North Grenville; Town of Prescott; Township of Rideau Lakes; and Village of Westport

Regional Fire Services Review

County of Frontenac

City of Cornwall; United Counties of Leeds and Grenville; County of Lanark; United Counties of Prescott and Russell; Town of Smiths Falls; United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry; and other municipalities in eastern Ontario One-Window Permitting System for Freight Movement in Eastern Ontario
Township of South Frontenac Township of Central Frontenac; Township of Frontenac Islands; Township of North Frontenac; and County of Frontenac

Frontenac Municipalities’ Regional Review

Tay Valley Township Township of Drummond/North Elmsley Drummond/North Elmsley and Tay Valley Fire Department Service Delivery Review

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