Ontario Supports Modernization of Municipal Services

Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Funding helps large municipalities find better and more efficient ways to operate and save taxpayers’ dollars

TORONTO — The Ontario government is providing almost $10 million to help large municipalities find better and more efficient ways to operate and save taxpayers’ dollars. This investment is being delivered through the province’s Audit and Accountability Fund and will support initiatives that focus on increasing digital services, modernization, streamlining and service integration.

“COVID-19 has highlighted the need for municipalities to be as efficient and nimble as possible, while ensuring services remain financially sustainable today and in the future,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Our municipal partners are on the front lines serving their residents, and we are committed to helping them improve how they operate and deliver services, to ensure taxpayers get good value for money.”

Thirty-one large municipalities were approved for projects that will help them find savings in time for the 2022 municipal budget cycle. Examples include a transformation initiative in Ottawa that will examine how to streamline internal processes and a digital strategy in Thunder Bay to help the city deliver more cost-effective services.

“Under the previous rounds of the Audit and Accountability Fund, municipalities identified almost $130 million in potential local savings,” said Minister Clark. “By increasing our investment we will continue to support municipalities as they look for more innovative and creative ways to operate and deliver sustainable local services.”

Ontario also recently announced over $40 million under the Municipal Modernization Program to help small and rural municipalities improve the delivery of their critical local programs and services during COVID-19.

Quick Facts

  • Today’s announcement is part of the government’s $18 million commitment over three years (through 2022-23) through the Audit and Accountability Fund.
  • In 2019 and 2020, all of Ontario’s large municipalities took part in the Audit and Accountability Fund. Sixteen cities had an in-depth review of service delivery and 23 participated in a more focused assessment to look at specific areas such as public health and municipal vehicle fleets. Thirty-one municipalities are receiving support under the current round of funding.
  • Ontario is also supporting municipalities through the historic federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement that secured up to $4 billion in emergency funding to support them during COVID-19.
  • The province has made an additional three-year, $45-billion commitment to help communities recover as part of Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover. This includes critical investments in health and other initiatives, to ensure Ontario is more resilient in the future.

SOURCE  Province of Ontario

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