Ontario Invests in Small and Rural Municipalities to Improve Service Delivery and Efficiency

Investments Will Support Communities, Respect Taxpayer Dollars

Bay of Quinte – More funding is on its way to the Bay of Quinte in support of Ontario’s small and rural municipalities. Following the announcement made on March 20, 2019 by Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, a one-time investment will flow in this fiscal year.

“I am pleased to share that the Bay of Quinte, including Belleville, Quinte West and Prince Edward County will receive a combined total of $1.53 million,” said Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte. “This payment puts Ontarians at the heart of municipal decision making.”

An announcement made on March 20, 2019 by Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, means a one-time investment will flow in this fiscal year. With this funding, municipalities can improve service delivery by finding smarter, more efficient ways to spend money that help those who need it most while respecting taxpayer dollars. 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.

"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 MPP 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.

"This financial support from the Province will help in our ongoing efforts to make sure the Bay of Quinte operates as efficiently as possible,” said MPP Smith.

The funding supports Ontario's commitment to reduce the cost of government.

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Quick Facts

  • 405 municipalities will receive funding.
  • Prince Edward County will receive $725,000
  • Quinte West will receive $725,000
  • Belleville will receive $87,338
  • 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.