Ontario Supports Modernization of Community Services in Niagara

Published on July 07, 2021

Beamsville - The Ontario government is providing up to $1,481,855 to help improve the delivery of critical programs and services in Niagara. The funding is being delivered through the Municipal Modernization Program and will support the following projects:

  • Town of Fort Erie Permits, Planning, and Business Processes Integration
  • Town of Fort Erie Municipal Financial Systems Review
  • Town of Fort Erie Corporate Business Continuity and Business Disaster Recovery Strategy
  • Town of Grimsby Streamlining Development Approvals
  • Town of Grimsby Transportation Engineering Modernization
  • Town of Grimsby Fire Truck Digital Modernization
  • Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake Fleet Service Review
  • Town of Pelham Digitizing Human Resources Performance Management System Review
  • Town of Pelham Corporate Services Function Review
  • Town of Pelham Web-Based Services Review
  • City of Port Colborne Information Technology Modernization
  • City of Thorold Modernization and Digitization of Cemetery Services Review
  • City of Welland Building Planning and By-law Enforcement Modernization
  • Township of West Lincoln Independent User Fee Review
  • Town of Pelham and Town of Lincoln Joint Public Library Merger Review

"The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need to deliver programming more efficiently so that people can access the services they need, when they need them," said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.

"These projects will ensure that our community will benefit from innovative and streamlined solutions in a way that will positively impact services and save taxpayers’ dollars."

Ontario is providing up to $24 million to support the modernization of 224 small and rural municipalities across the province. A total of 254 projects will receive funding under Intake 2 of Ontario's Municipal Modernization Program.

"Today marks another milestone in our government’s commitment to supporting municipalities as they look for ways to improve service delivery in our communities," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

"To put it simply, identifying and implementing modern solutions means money is diverted away from wasteful service delivery and stays in the pockets of local taxpayers."

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. The funding will also help municipalities administer the cost saving measures in time for the 2022 municipal budget cycle.

Ontario has committed up to $125 million over four years through the Municipal Modernization Program to help small and rural municipalities modernize services. Under Intake 1, the Province invested $11.8 million in 180 modernization projects and identified over $100 million in savings and efficiencies.