OWEN SOUND – Ontario is investing in local projects that will help a number of municipalities in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound identify savings and provide more efficient services for local residents and businesses.
“By making these investments we are helping small and rural municipalities find better ways to deliver important municipal services like roads, waste management and fire services,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “There is only one taxpayer. That’s why we are helping to ensure every dollar is invested wisely and we are getting good value for money.”
The funding is being provided through the Municipal Modernization Program to help municipalities find savings and modernize service delivery. Some of the projects include line-by-line reviews of the entire operating budget to find potential efficiencies, while others will look for savings and modernization opportunities in specific areas such as road maintenance or IT services.
The following municipalities in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound are receiving funding for projects through the program: Municipality of Arran-Elderslie – Review of Municipal Emergency Services, County of Grey – Finance and Human Resource Service Delivery Review, Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula – Community Services and Public Works Service Delivery Improvement and Modernization Study and the Municipality of West Grey – Professional Consulting Services for an Organizational and Compensation Review.
“Through the Municipal Modernization Program, we are investing in local projects that will help municipalities in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound find ways to save taxpayer dollars, while improving services for residents and businesses,” said Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker. “Our government continues to work in partnership with our municipalities across the province to improve efficiency and deliver smarter government services.”
Helping municipalities find savings and deliver modern local services is part of our government’s plan to help make life more affordable.
Ontario is also investing up to:
• $3.9 million to help 42 municipalities streamline their local housing and commercial development approvals processes.
• $2.6 million for 27 joint projects that will help approximately 130 small and rural municipalities improve services for residents and businesses and lower costs in the longer term.
Up to $125 million is available through 2022-23 through the Municipal Modernization Program to help small and rural municipalities lower costs and improve services.