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Mayor Marcus Ryan’s Statement on Regional Government Review

On January 15, 2019, the Provincial government announced a Regional Government Review of municipalities in Ontario. Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark announced on October 25, 2019, results of the review.

“Throughout this extensive review, the government heard that local communities should decide what is best for them in terms of governance, decision-making and service delivery,” Clark’s press release Friday morning said. “After careful consideration of the feedback we heard through the course of the review, our government stands firm in its commitment to partnering with municipalities without pursuing a top-down approach.

Mayor Marcus Ryan noted, “Minister Clark insisted that there was no predetermined outcome, and there would be no one size fits all approach. Zorra is very pleased with the announcement on October 25, 2019. I can also reaffirm Zorra's commitment to more efficient, and effective delivery of services we provide to our residents.”

Minister Clark also announced Ontario's previous investment to modernize municipal service delivery will continue through 2022-2023 and the province's 405 small and rural municipalities will have access to an additional $125 million. The extension of this program is application-based and will help municipalities conduct new service delivery reviews, implement recommendations from previous reviews and undertake a range of projects - such as IT solutions or process improvements. All applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Mayor Ryan remarked “We welcome the application-based funding streams for small and rural municipalities, the consultation with municipalities about whether to align the municipal and provincial fiscal year, and the proposal to eliminate duplication by combining the provincial and municipal voters lists.”

Mayor Ryan added, “When the Regional Review was announced, I said I was confident that the review could be constructive with positive outcomes if we are all informed and prepared to "do our part”. Minister Clark has kept his word and done his part, and Zorra is ready to do our part in the municipal transformation efforts to make sure we are delivering efficient, effective and modern services that best meet the unique needs of our residents.