March 20, 2019
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Hastings-Lennox and Addington to receive over $6.75 Million to help sustain, repair and grow community housing, and help end homelessness

NAPANEE/MADOC - April 18, 2019 - Hastings and Lennox and Addington counties will receive more than $6.75 million as part of the Ontario government effort to put people first. A total of over $1 billion in 2018-19 will help sustain, repair and grow community housing and help end homelessness.
H-L&A MPP Daryl Kramp welcomes the announcement from Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark and Ontario’s new Community Housing Renewal Strategy.
“This is the kind of leadership and forward thinking that will help our communities and non-profits to address safety, overcrowding and long wait lists,” said MPP Kramp.
Under the funding, Hastings and Lennox and Addington counties will receive:  $1,109,600 in Investment in Affordable Housing Ontario funding  $2,979,908 through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative  $1,762,500 under the Ontario Priorities Housing Initiative  $269,337 from the Canada-Ontario Community Housing Initiative

“Our plan will transform a fragmented and inefficient system into one that is more streamlined, sustainable and ready to help people who need it most. We believe Ontario families shouldn’t have to live in buildings with crumbling walls, leaking roofs and broken elevators,” said Clark.

Ontario’s new Community Housing Renewal Strategy includes:  Encouraging tenants to seek opportunities at school and work by removing existing penalties for working more hours or going to college or university.  Making rent more predictable by simplifying rent calculations.  Freeing up the waitlist by having tenants prioritize their first choice and accept the unit they are offered, while allowing Service Managers flexibility to make exceptions in some circumstances.  Protecting tenants who receive child support by ensuring their rent isn’t impacted by payments.  Making housing available to those who truly need it by requiring an asset test.  Making housing safer by empowering housing providers to turn away tenants who have been evicted for criminal activity.
QUICK FACTS  In 2014-18, Ontario contributed 57 per cent of housing and homelessness spending, compared with just 17 per cent from the federal government.  Community housing is provided by non-profit, co-operative and municipal housing agencies. It includes a range of programs from subsidized social and affordable housing, including housing for Indigenous people, to rent supplements and portable housing benefits that help people find housing in the private market.

Ontario Invests in Small and Rural Municipalities to Improve Service Delivery and Efficiency

Investments Will Support Communities, Respect Taxpayer Dollars

 Madoc/Napanee — March 20, 2019 — Ontario’s government is working for the people to improve local service delivery and efficiency in the province’s municipalities. Today, Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced a one-time investment for many of Ontario’s small and rural municipalities.

“This will make a big difference for the many small and rural communities in our riding,” said Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington.  “Some have had real fiscal challenges.  Our Government has listened and heard about our local needs.”

The upper tier municipalities of Hastings County and Lennox and Addington County will each receive the maximum of $725,000, while each municipality within the two counties will also receive funding based on the number of households. For 13 Hastings municipalities that will amount to over $5.5 million and for the four Lennox and Addington municipalities the total is over $2.1 million. Each municipality is receiving notice of the amount to be received this week.

The program’s goal is for municipalities to improve service delivery by finding smarter, more efficient ways to spend money that help those who need it most while respecting taxpayer dollars. This will provide important support to small and rural municipalities which may have limited capacity to plan, modernize and improve the way they provide services to their communities.

“Taxpayers need their local government to deliver modern, efficient services that show respect for their hard-earned dollars. This funding will help small and rural municipalities improve how they deliver services and reduce the ongoing costs of providing those services,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “I look forward to continuing to work together with our municipal partners to help people and businesses in communities across our province thrive.”

Ontario’s government for the people was elected to restore transparency and accountability in Ontario’s finances. The province undertook a line-by-line review of its own expenditures, and we have been clear that we expect our partners, including municipalities, to be taking steps to become more efficient. Examples could include service delivery reviews, development of shared services agreements, IT solutions, capital investments or other projects. Municipalities will decide how to best target funding to benefit their local communities.

 The funding supports Ontario’s commitment to reduce the cost of government.

QUICK FACTS

  • Maximum of $725,000 per municipality.
  • 405 small and rural municipalities will receive funding.
  • To ensure investments are targeted to where they are needed most, funding will be allocated based on the number of households in a municipality and whether the municipality is urban or rural.

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