More funding for local governments announced

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson has announced four new funding investments for local governments to help modernize service delivery including ways to speed up the process for approving new housing and commercial developments.
The four approved applications include Bruce County, Huron County, Kincardine, and the municipality of Bluewater. The funding is provided through the Municipal Modernization Program and will support a range of projects, including helping municipalities streamline their local development approval processes and modernize permitting systems.
“This funding will help municipal governments deliver efficient, effective, modern services that meet the evolving and growing needs of our communities,” Thompson said.
“Our government is thrilled to invest in so many local projects focussed on making it faster and easier to build new housing and help attract and grow businesses,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We’re going to keep working in partnership with municipalities to help them improve processes to focus on the vital programs and services Ontarians rely on.”
Up to $125 million is available until 2022-23 through the Municipal Modernization Program. The government remains committed to working with municipal partners to create a more competitive business climate and deliver smarter government services for people and businesses.
More than 300 projects were submitted under the first intake of the Municipal Modernization Program and proposals continue to be reviewed.  Ontario is already providing up to $2.6 million for 27 joint projects that will help approximately 130 small and rural municipalities improve services for residents and businesses and lower costs in the longer term.