Ontario Supports Modernization of Small and Rural Communities

Funding helps improve the delivery of critical programs and services while saving taxpayer dollars in Oxford

[WOODSTOCK] — The Ontario government is providing up to $226,226 to help improve the delivery of critical programs and services in Oxford. The funding is being delivered through the Municipal Modernization Program and will support the following project(s):

  • Oxford County Roads Management Systems Modernization
  • Oxford County Public Website Modernization

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen how crucial it is for municipalities to be able to efficiently and conveniently deliver services that the people of Oxford can access, when and where they need them,” said Ernie Hardeman, MPP for Oxford. “These projects will help ensure that Oxford will benefit from innovative and streamlined solutions in a way that will positively impact services and save taxpayer dollars.”

The government is investing up to $26 million across the province to support the modernization of 233 small and rural municipalities in Ontario. A total of 271 projects will receive funding under Intake 2 of Ontario’s Municipal Modernization Program.

“Our government is committed to working with our municipal partners to make life more convenient and affordable for families and businesses in all corners of our province by modernizing critical municipal services and programs,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “This investment in small and rural communities across Ontario will support municipalities in identifying and implementing ways to modernize and improve service delivery in their communities, and help ensure people can conveniently access the services they need.”

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, such as developing an online system to improve the local process for approving residential and industrial developments or setting up new shared services with neighbouring municipalities.