Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark joined MPP Norman Miller, Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith and Gravenhurst Mayor Paul Kelly to speak about the Ontario Government’s funding for local Municipal Modernization projects.
Ontario announced last month that Parry Sound-Muskoka municipalities would be receiving up to $1,398,455 to help improve the delivery of programs and services. 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 help municipalities administer the cost saving measures in time for the 2022 municipal budget cycle.
The local funding through the Municipal Modernization Program will support the following projects among others:
– Township of Muskoka Lakes Information Technology Master Plan
– District Municipality of Muskoka Human Services Programs Review
– Town of Bracebridge Electronic Building and Planning Applications Review
– Township of Georgian Bay Modernization and Digital Systems Transformation
– Town of Gravenhurst Building Permit Applications E-solutions Modernization
“All of these projects will ensure that our residents will benefit from innovations and streamlined solutions and that services will be delivered in ways that will save taxpayers’ dollars,” said Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norman Miller. “Some of the projects I find most exciting are the electronic building permit applications like those proposed by Bracebridge and Gravenhurst.”
Through this, the second round of Ontario’s Municipal Modernization Program, Ontario is providing up to $24 million to support 254 projects that will modernize services in small and rural municipalities across the province.
“These funds mark another milestone in our government’s commitment to supporting municipalities as they look for ways to improve service delivery in our communities,” said Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark. “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.”
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