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Provincial funding supports program delivery in Eastern Ontario municipalities

Map of south eastern Ontario. Image via ontario-map.info

Small and rural municipalities in Eastern Ontario will benefit from funding provided by the Ontario Government’s Municipal Modernization Program. The investment by the province will help improve the delivery of critical programs, and will be up to $1,155,136 for eastern Ontario municipalities.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need to deliver programming more efficiently so that people can access the services they need, when they need them,” said MPP Daryl Kramp. “These projects will ensure our communities in these four adjacent Eastern Ontario counties will benefit from innovative and streamlined solutions to improve services and save taxpayer dollars.”

Ontario is providing up to $24 million to support the modernization of 224 small and rural municipalities across the province, according to a release from MPP Kramp’s office. A total of 254 projects will receive funding under Intake 2 of Ontario’s Municipal Modernization Program. Ontario has committed up to $125 million over four years through the Municipal Modernization Program to help small and rural municipalities modernize services. Under Intake 1, the Province invested $11.8 million in 180 modernization projects and identified over $100 million in savings and efficiencies.

Locally, the Frontenac Townships will use the funding to support these projects:

  • Townships of South Frontenac and Central Frontenac Joint Fire Station Location & Fleet Study
  • Township of Central Frontenac Data Management Integration
  • Township of North Frontenac Public Works Modernization

Elsewhere in the riding these projects will benefit from the funding:

  • Town of Bancroft Financial Management and Operational Performance Review Implementation
  • Town of Bancroft Landfill, Parks and Roads Service Delivery Review
  • Town of Carleton Place E-Commerce Solutions
  • Town of Carleton Place Service Delivery Review of Childcare Operations
  • Municipality of Centre Hastings Website Redevelopment and Business Processes Digitalization
  • Township of Drummond/North Elmsley Digital Modernization of Financial Processes
  • Loyalist Township Online Incident Reporting
  • Loyalist Township Online Fee Payment
  • Loyalist Township Building and Planning Application Portal
  • Township of Madoc Service Delivery Review of Administrative Processes
  • Municipality of Marmora and Lake Service Delivery Review
  • Town of Perth Development Approval Process Review
  • Town of Smiths Falls Building Services E-Permitting Solution and Records Digitization
  • Township of Tyendinaga Asset and Recreation Process Modernization
  • Town of Bancroft Land and Buildings Service Delivery Review
  • Townships of Lanark Highlands and Tay Valley Joint Waste Management Service Delivery Review

“Today marks another milestone in our government’s commitment to supporting municipalities as they look for ways to improve service delivery in our communities,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “To put it simply, identifying and implementing modern solutions means money is diverted away from wasteful service delivery and stays in the pockets of local taxpayers.”

According to the release, municipalities will use the funding to find efficiencies and implement a wide range of initiatives to digitize, streamline and/or integrate programs and services with neighbouring communities. The funding will also help municipalities administer the cost-saving measures in time for the 2022 municipal budget cycle.

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