Government Provides Funding for Municipalities to Deliver Smarter Local Services
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 County of Elgin and the County of Middlesex
will lead a joint project involving eight local municipalities to conduct a service
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 Elgin-Middlesex are working together to find more
cost-effective ways to operate and deliver better local services," Elgin-Middlesex-London
MPP Jeff Yurek. "Our government is committed to helping small and rural municipalities
modernize service delivery. Reducing costs and improving services for businesses
will help municipalities across the province attract jobs and grow their economies."
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 Town of Aylmer, Municipality of Bayham, Municipality of Central Elgin, Municipality
of Dutton Dunwich, Township of Malahide, Township of Southwold, Municipality of
West Elgin, and Municipality of Thames Centre are involved in this local, joint
- 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