Two Bay of Quinte municipalities to benefit from Province’s modernization program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2021

BAY OF QUINTE – The Ontario government is providing up to $447,975 to help improve the delivery of critical programs and services in Bay of Quinte. The funding is being delivered through the Municipal Modernization Program and will support the following project(s):

  • City of Belleville - Geospatial Strategy and Roadmap Project
  • Prince Edward County - Service Delivery Review for Municipal Buildings and Properties

“The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need to deliver programming more efficiently so that people can access the services they need, when they need them,” said Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte. “These projects will ensure that our community will benefit from innovative and streamlined solutions in a way that will positively impact services and save taxpayers’ dollars.”

Ontario is providing up to $24 million to support the modernization of 224 small and rural municipalities across the province. A total of 254 projects will receive funding under Intake 2 of Ontario’s Municipal Modernization Program.

“Today marks another milestone in our government’s commitment to supporting municipalities as they look for ways to improve service delivery in our communities,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “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.”

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 also help municipalities administer the cost saving measures in time for the 2022 municipal budget cycle.

Ontario has committed up to $125 million over four years through the Municipal Modernization Program to help small and rural municipalities modernize services. Under Intake 1, the Province invested $11.8 million in 180 modernization projects and identified over $100 million in savings and efficiencies.

QUICK FACTS

  • In March, Ontario announced $10 million through the Audit and Accountability Fund to help large municipalities improve the delivery of critical programs and services during COVID-19.
  • The historic federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement secured up to $4 billion in emergency funding to support municipalities throughout COVID-19.
  • Ontario is also providing municipalities with almost $1 billion in additional financial relief in 2021 to help preserve vital public services and support economic recovery. This includes $500 million to help municipalities address their ongoing COVID-19 operating costs, $255 million under the Social Services Relief Fund, and $150 million for transit.
  • Ontario continues to call on the federal government to increase its funding for municipalities, which will be critical as they continue to recover from the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

  • For a complete list of allocations, please see ontario.ca/en/release/1000446/Ontario-supports-modernization-of-small-and-rural-municipalities.
  • Learn more about Ontario’s response to COVID-19 at www.ontario.ca/page/how-ontario-is-responding-covid-19.

Ontario’s Community Transportation Grant Program supports transit in Bay of Quinte

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MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2021

BAY OF QUINTE – A two-year extension to Ontario’s Community Transportation Grant Program will make it easier to get around in two Quinte area municipalities, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte announced today.

Prince Edward County is eligible to receive up to $92,830.22 per year in 2023-2024 and in 2024-2025 for a total of up to $185,660.44, while Quinte West is eligible to receive up to $72,774.70 per year for a total of $145,549.41 over the same time period.  The funding is subject to executed agreements between the municipalities and the Ministry of Transportation.  This is in addition to previous allocations of $500,000 for Prince Edward County and $303,135 for Quinte West from 2018 to 2023.

“Stable funding allows municipalities to plan transportation systems to meet the needs of residents and visitors accessing services within their boundaries and across the region,” said Smith.  “By sharing these allocations through the Community Transportation Grant Program, our government is helping officials envision sustainable services and expansion that improves quality of life and aids economic growth.”

The $14-million extension of the Community Transportation Grant Program over two years builds upon an initial investment of $30 million over five years aimed at supporting local transit and intercommunity bus services in 39 communities considered unserved or underserved.

“The Community Transportation Grant Program is making life easier for people living in areas with few public transportation options, said Caroline Mulroney, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation. “The additional investment in local and intercommunity transportation services will help residents – including Indigenous people, seniors, and people with disabilities – get to work, school or appointments and will give communities added security as they recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and plan for the future.”

ADDITIONAL RESOURCE

  • For a complete list of allocations, please see: news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/1000417/community-transportation-grant-program-recipients-and-services.

Todd Smith named Ontario's Minister of Energy

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FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2021

BAY OF QUINTE - Todd Smith, the MPP for Bay of Quinte, was sworn in as Ontario's Minister of Energy today as Premier Doug Ford announced a cabinet shuffle.

The new role brings familiarity for Smith, who served as an Official Opposition critic on the energy file from 2015-2018.

"I know many of the players on the energy file already and I have a strong understanding of how Ontario's legacy of bad policies like the Green Energy Act continue to be costly for ratepayers," Smith said. "My top priority is to deliver energy more affordably and my background will allow me to get moving right away to find solutions."

Smith moves into the role after serving as Minister of Children, Community and Social Services since June 2019. Over the past two years, some of his highlights have included work to modernize social services delivery, developing a new needs-based Ontario Autism Program while extending funding to the most families in Ontario's history, working on a new vision for individuals within the developmental services sector, making a new $240-million commitment to support children and youth with special needs, and adding new Children's Treatment Centres in Chatham-Kent and Ottawa.

"We've made tremendous progress in service delivery over the past two years, while weathering new challenges posed by this global pandemic. I'm grateful for the collaboration with the families, stakeholder agencies and staff I've had the opportunity to work with and I believe that Ministry is well positioned for more positive developments," Smith said.

In Ontario's 42nd Parliament, Smith has also served as Government House Leader, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, and Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. He said he's looking forward to working with the newly assembled cabinet as Ontario safely emerges from COVID-19 and reopens the economy.

"Economic recovery is important for businesses and families in Bay of Quinte and across Ontario. We know that our policies have fostered strong growth in the past and we are up to the challenge to rebuild after the pandemic. I'm pleased to remain at the cabinet table and continue to work for my constituents," said Smith.