Ontario Invests in Lambton County and Rural Municipalities to Improve Service Delivery and Effeciency
Investments Will Support Communities, Respect Taxpayer Dollars
March 21, 2019
Ontario’s government is working for the people to improve local service delivery and efficiency in the province’s municipalities. On March 20, 2019, Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, announced a one-time investment for many of Ontario’s small and rural municipalities.
Lambton County, Petrolia, Plympton-Wyoming, Oil Springs, Point Edward, Enniskillen and St. Clair Township, will receive a combined $3,257,826 to improve service delivery by finding smarter, more efficient ways to spend money, helping those who need it most while respecting taxpayer dollars. 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.
“Taxpayers need their local government to deliver modern, efficient services that show respect for their hard-earned dollars. This funding will help small and rural municipalities improve how they deliver services and reduce the ongoing costs of providing those services,” said Minister Clark. “I look forward to continuing to work together with our municipal partners to help people and businesses in communities across our province thrive.”
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 we have been clear that we expect our partners, including municipalities, to be taking steps to become more efficient. Examples could include service delivery reviews, development of shared services agreements, IT solutions, capital investments or other projects. Municipalities will decide how to best target funding to benefit their local communities.
“This investment that the Ontario government is providing will support the efforts of our local rural municipalities to find smarter ways to deliver services that support their communities and respect taxpayer dollars,” said Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey. “Helping our local municipalities become more effective and efficient is the right way to go.”
The funding supports Ontario’s commitment to reduce the cost of government.
- 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.
Bob Bailey, MPP