Ontario Investing in Smarter Local Service Delivery

Published on February 05, 2020

Government Provides Funding for review of Fire Services within Northumberland County

The Ontario government is providing funding to support 27 joint projects that will help over 130 small and rural municipalities find better, more efficient ways to operate and serve their residents. The Township of Hamilton will lead a joint project involving six local municipalities to conduct a review of Fire Service delivery within Northumberland County aimed at finding efficiencies and lowering costs in the longer term.

This is one of 27 joint municipal projects being funded through the Municipal Modernization Program that 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. The application-based 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.

“I’m pleased municipalities in Northumberland County are working together to find more cost-effective ways to operate and deliver better local services,” said MPP David Piccini. “Our government is committed to helping small and rural municipalities modernize service delivery. We will continue supporting local efforts to find more efficient ways to operate so municipalities can focus spending on vital programs and services in their communities.”

Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced the funding at the 2020 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) conference in Toronto.

“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.”

Premier Doug Ford, ministers and parliamentary assistants joined hundreds of municipal officials at the annual conference to discuss shared priorities, including health care, infrastructure, and improving internet access and cell connectivity in rural communities. 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 Township of Alnwick/Haldimand; Municipality of Brighton; Town of Cobourg; Township of Cramahe; Municipality of Port Hope; and Municipality of Trent Hills are involved in this local, joint project.
 Ontario is providing up to $2.6 million for 27 joint projects through the Municipal Modernization Program. Up to $125 million is available through 2022-23 to help small and rural municipalities lower costs and improve services.
 Maintaining the funding envelope for the 2021 Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund at $500 million.
 Ontario is investing more than $480 million in rural, northern and public transit infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). The province also nominated 350 rural, northern and public transit infrastructure projects to the federal government for funding.