Miller Welcomes Planning Help For Small Municipalities

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Ontario’s Government for the People is making life easier for small municipalities by sending expert infrastructure planning help, Norman Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka announced today.

“This assistance will help six municipalities in Parry Sound-Muskoka and 52 other rural and northern communities plan for the future,” said Miller. “We know that infrastructure spending benefits families and businesses. This will help ensure the funds are spent on the right projects.”

The six municipalities in Parry Sound-Muskoka that will receive the assistance are the Village of Burk’s Falls, the Township of Carling, the Township of Lake of Bays, the Municipality of McDougall, the Township of Strong and the Municipality of Whitestone.

These plans will help prioritize infrastructure projects and guide decisions on spending. This work is critical to sustaining necessary services, such as roads, bridges and clean drinking water.

“Infrastructure spending has real benefits for the people of Ontario,” said Minister of Infrastructure Monte McNaughton. “But in our current environment, spending decisions must be targeted, sustainable and focused on the long-term.”

Today’s announcement means these six communities will benefit from expert, in-person assistance in developing their asset management plans. The program is being delivered by the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario in partnership with the Province.

“Our Government has heard from small municipalities,” said Miller. “We recognize that asset management planning is challenging work, especially for small municipalities with limited resources. I am pleased to be able to announce we’re responding by sending specialized assistance.”

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