Province Encourages Public Feedback For Review Of Regional Government


The Ontario government is encouraging the public to provide feedback as part of a provincial review, which looks at the governance, decision-making, and service functions of regional governments to ensure that municipalities are working effectively and providing the services needed by communities.

The review covers Ontario’s eight regional municipalities (Durham, Halton, Muskoka, Niagara, Oxford County, Peel, Waterloo, York), Simcoe County and their lower-tier municipalities. In total, it includes 82 upper and lower-tier municipalities. Representatives from the District of Muskoka and six local municipalities participated in interviews with Ontario’s special advisors for the review process last month. District Chair John Klinck provided input along with mayors Graydon Smith of Bracebridge, Paul Kelly of Gravenhurst, Scott Aitchison of Huntsville, Peter Koetsier of Georgian Bay, Terry Glover of Lake of Bays and Phil Harding of Muskoka Lakes.

“The consultation with the special advisors provided an opportunity to highlight the cooperative relationship between our municipalities,” Klinck said. “The District works closely together with our area municipal partners to create efficiencies, while continuing to provide the programs and services required to best serve our residents and communities.”

If you want to share your input in the review process, submit your feedback by April 23 through the online survey, by email at or by mail at:

Local Government Policy Branch
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
777 Bay Street, 13th floor
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2E5

For more information about the review process and submission guidelines, click here. For more information about the key service responsibilities of the District and Area Municipalities in Muskoka’s two-tier municipal system, click here.



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