Ontario investing in small and rural municipalities

Steve Clark MPP
Posted on: March 25, 2019

Investments to improve service delivery and efficiency will support communities, respect taxpayer dollars

Municipalities in Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston will receive a total of more than $7.7 million to improve local service delivery and efficiency as part of a one-time investment announced by Steve Clark, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

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

Municipalities will receive the funding 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 Clark.

This will support some of Ontario’s small and rural municipalities that may have limited capacity to plan, modernize and improve the way they provide services to their communities.

Ontario’s Government for the People was elected to restore transparency and accountability in Ontario’s finances. The province undertook a line-by-line review of its own expenditures and Clark said the government has been clear in expecting its partners, including municipalities, to become more efficient.

Clark said examples could include service delivery reviews, development of shared services agreements, IT solutions, capital investments or other projects.

“A key part of this announcement is that municipalities will decide how to best target funding to benefit their local communities,” said Clark. “They know the needs of their local taxpayers and we’ve provided them with the flexibility to make those individualized decisions.”

Clark added today’s funding announcement supports Ontario’s commitment to reduce the cost of government.

QUICK FACTS

The following is the breakdown for local municipal funding:
Central Frontenac: $498,191
South Frontenac: $517,129
Carleton Place: $613,457
Perth: $578,954
Mississippi Mills: $625,994
Beckwith: $582,166
Montague: $397,701
Lanark Highlands: $595,066
Drummond-North Elmsley: $592,398
Tay Valley $598,304
Lanark County: $725,000
Perth County: $725,000
Frontenac County: $725,000

  • Across Ontario, 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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