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Do you have an opinion on possible reform of regional government?

People who live or work in Simcoe North asked to share their thoughts through online consultation
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The Simcoe County Administration Building in Midhurst. Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday

NEWS RELEASE
JILL DUNLOP, MPP FOR SIMCOE NORTH
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The Ontario government is putting people first by seeking local input on how to improve governance, decision-making and service delivery for regional governments and member municipalities.

“After almost 50 years, it’s time to consider whether changes are needed in communities where populations have grown, and hard-earned taxpayers’ dollars are being stretched,” said MPP Jill Dunlop.

“I would encourage all municipalities, stakeholders, and residents of Simcoe County to share their feedback on how we can identify ways to address significant growth issues in the area.”

All people who live or work in Simcoe North invited to share their thoughts through the online consultation. The deadline to submit comments is April 23, 2019.

“We promised the people of Ontario that all levels of government would work harder, smarter and more efficiently,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

“Our government is putting people first by seeking local input on how to improve governance, decision-making and service delivery for regional governments and their member municipalities.”

In addition to meeting with municipalities and stakeholder groups, Special Advisors Michael Fenn and Ken Seiling will assess the feedback received through the online consultation. They will provide their advice and recommendations to Minister Clark this summer.

“I look forward to receiving the recommendations and hearing what is working in the regions and Simcoe County, and what can be improved,” said Minister Clark.

The government is committed to working with municipalities to help ensure that they have effective local governance and decision-making, and are providing services quickly and efficiently.

Quick facts:

  • Ontario’s system of regional government has been in place for almost 50 years.
  • Ontario’s regional municipalities and Simcoe County’s combined populations have grown by more than 3 million people since the 1970s

To for more information about the survey, click here. To participate in the survey, click here.

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