April 28, 2020
Contact: Denise Gray

Local News Releases

Ontario increases protection in H-L&A and K&I Long-Term Care Homes
New 2021 local investment of $1.8 million strengthens measures to
prevent COVID-19 from entering homes from the community

January 25, 2021 — Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington today announced the
Ontario Government is investing an additional $1,809,500 to increase prevention and containment
efforts in long-term care homes in his H-L&A riding and the adjacent riding of Kingston and the
Islands during the second wave of COVID-19.
“We are all well aware of the sterling record locally in our LTC homes but the Ontario Government
recognizes that continuing vigilance and population protection requires additional measures and
the funding to implement them,“ said Daryl Kramp. “The Ontario Government will continue to fund
efforts to keep residents and staff safe from covid infections as we await delivery of sufficient
supplies of vaccine to protect everyone in our local communities.”
The new funding will reduce the risk of the virus from entering long-term care homes from the
community by covering eligible expenses related to:
 An immediate 24/7 health checkpoint to confirm staff and essential caregivers entering the
building are properly screened for COVID-19 symptoms and potential exposure, and to continue
screening residents on an ongoing basis to support early detection and containment of any new
infections;
 Additional prevention and containment activities, such as hiring new staff to carry out the added
workload for essential services and/or to replace workers who are sick or in isolation;
 Cleaning, equipment, and operating supplies beyond typical levels for the home; and,
 Implementing infection control measures based on clinical evidence, advice from a physician or
other regulated health practitioners with expertise in infection control.

These are the local recipients of the new funding:



Since the start of the pandemic, the Ontario Government has invested $1.38 billion to ensure that
our long-term care homes have the resources they need to battle COVID-19.
“We will continue to do everything we can to help stop the spread of this virus and protect our
most vulnerable and the staff who have been working tirelessly to keep them safe,” said Dr.
Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “From the start of the pandemic, we have taken
quick and decisive action to make sure that homes have access to the resources they need to
care for our loved ones.”
Once an outbreak is declared in a home, the province continues to work alongside local public
health units, hospital partners, the local health integration networks and all health sector partners
to help stabilize the situation and return the home to normal operations.
To address long-standing staffing challenges, the government has launched one of the largest
recruitment and training drives in the province’s history, to deliver on its commitment to provide an
average of four hours of daily direct care for residents. This will make Ontario the Canadian
leader in the provision of care. To implement its staffing plan, Ontario is increasing annual
investments, culminating in $1.9 billion contributed annually by 2024-25, to create more than
27,000 new positions for personal support workers, registered nurses and registered practical
nurses in long-term care.

Ontario’s ‘Digital Main Street’ program helps 20+ H-L&A small businesses build and expand online stores during COVID-19

January 21, 2021 — The Ontario Government’s Digital Main Street Program and Student Digital Service Squads, launched as a $57 million partnership between the Ontario and federal governments, have successfully helped connect tech-savvy students, $2,500 government grants and online training with 20+ Hastings-Lennox and Addington small businesses in launching and/or expanding their online stores during pandemic restrictions.

“Our small businesses are the backbone of our economy and our communities,” said H-L& A MPP Daryl Kramp. “The Digital Service Squads have helped businesses transition to online sales and service. We must support our local businesses through curbside pick-up and online access when in-person shopping is disrupted by pandemic measures. We all must do what we can to help our businesses stay in business.”

Four H-L&A communities are engaged in the program, administered by the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association, which works with participating municipalities, Chambers of Commerce and Business Improvement Areas (BIAs). Small businesses in the following municipalities received Digital Transformation Grants while many others accessed help from hired local students to go digital and increase their e-commerce sales:

Bancroft - 3 small businesses received Digital Transformation Grants with a total of $67,520 in funding provided helping local businesses.

Centre Hastings - 4 small businesses received Digital Transformation Grants with a total of $70,020 funding provided locally.

Greater Napanee - 10 small businesses received Digital Transformation Grants, with a total of  $37,500 in funding provided locally.

Madoc - 3 small businesses received Digital Transformation Grants with a total of $67,520 in funding provided locally.

“Confronting the economic impacts from COVID-19 is a team effort, and through the Ontario Digital Main Street program and Digital Service Squads, we’re enlisting our students to help local small businesses get up and running online,” said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction. “I encourage all Ontarians to use their purchasing power to Support Local — buy from local small businesses today and into the future.” 

Digital Service Squads are already on track to help thousands of small businesses across Ontario develop their online offerings. This is meeting a critical need for many Ontario businesses as they transition to online storefronts.

Students working in the squad program assess a business’s digital literacy and provide:

  •  Information on how to access the Digital Main Street digital transformation training program
  •  Help in creating a Digital Transformation Plan and applying for and spending the $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant
  • Support to create or update a website and adopt best practices
  • Advice on social media promotion and advertising
  • Technology support and recommendations on tools for specific business needs
  • Advice on additional digital transformation support including loyalty programs, point-of-sale systems, ecommerce and back-end business operations support.

The Digital Service Squads are an important part of the Digital Main Street platform which is expected to help up to 22,900 Ontario businesses create and enhance their online presence while generating jobs for more than 1,400 students.

“Digital Service Squads are the true heart of the Digital Main Street initiative,” said Kay Matthews, Executive Director of the Ontario BIA Association. “By working directly with main street small businesses, the passionate students that do work on squads bring local business owners the knowledge, tools and hands-on support they need to transform to brick-and-click operations. In this way, our downtown cores can continue to be strong and vibrant while also giving local businesses the online presence to thrive through the pandemic and beyond.”

Currently, only about 60 percent of Ontario’s small enterprises have a website, and only 7 percent accept online payment. Through Digital Main Street, Ontario businesses are adopting new tools that will allow them to reach a wider customer base and help them weather the economic impacts of COVID-19.

 

QUICK FACTS

The Ontario 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover outlined more than $13.5 billion in support for people and jobs.

The Main Street Relief Grant provides up to $1,000 to help eligible small businesses for the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE). The Main Street Relief Grant is available to small businesses with two to nine employees in retail, accommodations and food services, repair and maintenance, and personal and laundry services to help cover personal protective equipment costs.

Ontario’s Small Business Support Grant provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to eligible small businesses who have had to restrict their operations due to the provincewide Shutdown.

Eligible businesses can apply for more an $600 million in support through the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, Ontario Main Street Relief Grant: PPE Support and temporary property tax and energy cost rebates through a single, online application portal -- https://www.ontario.ca/page/businesses-get-help-covid-19-costs.

In October, the government launched Ontario’s Main Street Recovery Plan http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/repository/rebuilding_main_street_2020.pdf  and introduced the Main Street Recovery Act, 2020, legislation that will support small businesses and modernize rules to allow them to innovate and meet the challenges of today. The act will remove hurdles faced by small businesses and allow them to pursue new opportunities — while maintaining or enhancing protections for public health, safety and the environment.

The Digital Main Street platform  https://digitalmainstreet.ca/ontario is a $57 million program jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments. It is part of Ontario’s support for small businesses through Ontario’s Main Street Recovery Plan.

Ontario is also investing an additional $150 million in rural broadband which will help open the digital road for many Ontario small businesses.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Find all small business grants and recovery resources at

http://www.ontario.ca/smallbusiness

Learn more about Rebuilding Main Street http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/repository/rebuilding_main_street_2020.pdf

Learn about resources available to help grow online through Digital Main Street

https://programs.digitalmainstreet.ca/shophere-signup

Find out how you can help stop the spread of COVID-19

https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-stop-spread

Green infrastructure investments from provincial and federal governments provide support for Tweed wastewater upgrade

December 8, 2020 — Today, Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings—Lennox and Addington, on behalf of the Hon. Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, Neil Ellis, MP for Bay of Quinte, on behalf of the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Her Worship Jo-Anne Albert, Mayor of Tweed, announced joint funding for upgrades to the Tweed wastewater lagoon system.

The Municipality of Tweed is investing over $3.3 million, and through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is providing more than $1.1 million and the Government of Ontario is contributing $939,466.

The project involves replacing an existing drainage ditch with 1,100 metres of new covered pipe, creating an additional 2.8 hectares of wastewater storage, and upgrading the lagoon’s aeration system.

"There is nothing more important than our environment and ensuring our infrastructure keeps pace with its protection as our communities grow and prosper," said local MPP Daryl Kramp.

"Every corner of our two counties can affect every other corner and so this is an important investment not only by and for Tweed, but also for all its neighbours in every direction.  I thank Mayor Albert and Tweed for their leadership in undertaking this project and am very happy to salute the timely provincial and federal support for this green project," said Kramp.

These improvements will allow the community to meet current standards for wastewater treatment, and increase its capacity to accommodate future growth. The work will also reduce wastewater overflows to help keep waterways clean and protect fish habitats.

“Investments in essential public infrastructure are vital to building resilient communities and supporting economic growth. Improving Tweed’s wastewater treatment system will help protect the environment, meet people’s needs, and support community development. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities,” said MP Neil Ellis.

Quick facts 

  • Through the Investing in Canada plan (ICIP), the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • Canada has invested more than $8 billion in over 2,700 infrastructure projects across Ontario under the ICIP to date.
  • Ontario is investing more than $40 million and Canada is investing more than $100 million through the first intake of the ICIP’s Green Infrastructure Stream.

 

Associated links

Investing in COVID-19 Community Resilience                         https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/covid-19-resilience-eng.html

Government of Ontario Resources – COVID-19                      https://covid-19.ontario.ca

Federal infrastructure investments in Ontario                           https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/prog-proj-on-eng.html

Investing in Canada Plan Project Map                                      http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html

 

Ontario Builds Project Map                                                       https://www.ontario.ca/page/building-ontario

 

Province funds northern communities and events in H-L&A

as part of $3.25M in Tourism support for RTO 11 region

December 8, 2020 — Today, Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, joined Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure and MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, and Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington to announce local tourism support in RTO 11, the vast tourism region stretching between Ottawa, Algonquin Park, the Quebec border and just south of Highway 7.

 

“In this vast area which includes northern Hastings and Lennox and Addington counties in my riding, the thousands of lakes, rivers, trees and wildlife of the Canadian Shield epitomize Canada's great outdoors,” said Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington. “It’s the area the Group of Seven captured in their iconic paintings, and the economic impact of covid-19 to the outdoors-oriented businesses here -- over 80% of the local economy -- which enable others to enjoy our backyard, has been devastating.”

 

“Thank you to Minister MacLeod for putting this program together and helping us prepare for the full re-opening of the northern places we all hold dear in the coming months.”

 

Hastings - Lennox and Addington is receiving over $258,000. This includes library and other support of $74,803 going to 10 communities, $28,100 to the Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation to plan a program to support entrepreneurs, $4,918 for Tweed and Company Theatre, $6,622 for the Tweed Elvis Festival and $15,000 for the Tweed Stampede and Jamboree.

 

“Ontario and RTO 11 Region have many tourism attractions and programs within the local communities.” said Minister MacLeod. “These organizations were hit the hardest, and our government is committed to supporting these local agencies as they work through and overcome the effects of COVID-19.”

 

An investment of $350,000 into the regional tourism organization to deliver locally driven marketing programs is made possible through a partnership between Destination Ontario and Destination Canada designed to incentivize Ontarians to explore their local communities.

 

Through the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Creates and other granting programs, the Province has provided over $2.9 million in funding to the tourism attractions within the regional tourism organization 11.

 

“We are very grateful for the additional financial support extended to our region from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries,” said Nicole Whiting, Executive Director of Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (RTO 11),” Our communities are surrounded by world class natural assets, but it is the character of our people that brings our natural environment and our rich culture and heritage to life.  The investments made will help to preserve an incredible legacy of collaboration, creativity and resilience.”

 

Our government is committed to continuing its work with our province’s tourism and arts sectors to ensure that as the economy gradually re-opens, Ontario will be in the best position to welcome the world back to our province.

 

The government is also investing over $150,000 in local festivals and events through the Celebrate Ontario program to help reinvigorate our province’s $36 billion tourism industry that supports over 400,000 jobs.

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Additional Resources 

 

Ontario Trillium Foundation                                                                https://otf.ca

Ontario Arts Council                                                                            https://www.arts.on.ca

Ontario Creates                                                                                    https://ontariocreates.ca

Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries           https://www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-heritage-sport-tourism-culture-industries

 

 

Media Contact:

 

Daryl Kramp, MPP   1-855-229-6676

Ontario provides urgent rent relief for small businesses and landlords

Assistance is in addition to previous measures to support businesses during COVID-19 pandemic

APRIL 24, 2020 — MPP Daryl Kramp welcomes the announcement by the Ontario Government that it is partnering with the federal government to provide urgent relief for small businesses and landlords affected by COVID-19. He notes it will make a significant difference for our local small business communities, both for commercial tenants and their landlords.

“This is the small business announcement we have been waiting for and into which there’s been a lot of local input,” said Kramp.  “We’ve all seen the stress and strains caused to our community and how much we depend on the return of all of our businesses once this crisis subsides.”

Ontario is committing $241 million through the new Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA). The total amount of provincial-federal relief that would be provided is more than $900 million, helping to ensure small businesses are ready to re-open their doors when the emergency measures are lifted.

The program has been developed to share the cost between small business tenants and landlords. Small business tenants and landlords would each be asked to pay 25 per cent of the before-profit costs and the provincial and federal government would cost-share the remaining 50 per cent.

Details of the new program were announced today by Premier Doug Ford, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care.

“The vast majority of Ontario’s small businesses and landlords are struggling during this extraordinary public health emergency,” said Premier Ford. “That’s why we are doing everything we can to support them through these tough economic times, so they can hit the ground running when we are in a position to open up the provincial economy. I want to thank the federal government for partnering with us to help our small businesses and commercial landlords. I look forward to working together to also provide much-needed support to residential renters ahead of May 1.”

The OCECRA will provide forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners experiencing potential rent shortfalls because their small business tenants have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. To receive the loan, property owners will be required to reduce the rental costs of small business tenants for April to June 2020 by at least 75 per cent and commit to a moratorium on evictions for three months.

Partnering with the federal government on the OCECRA builds on the provincial government’s approach to supporting business during COVID-19. As part of Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19, the government has implemented a series of cash flow supports amounting to $10 billion to help support jobs and the economy, including:

  • Doubling the Employer Health Tax exemption for 2020, cutting taxes by $355 million, benefiting roughly 57,000 employers;
  • Eliminating penalties and interest to businesses who miss filing or remittance deadlines for various provincially administered taxes for five months starting April 1, 2020, providing up to $6 billion in cashflow for about 100,000 Ontario businesses;
  • Postponing the planned property tax reassessment for 2021, providing stability for Ontario’s property taxpayers;
  • Deferring the upcoming quarterly (June 30) remittance of education property tax to school boards by 90 days, providing municipalities with the flexibility to, in turn, provide property tax deferrals of over $1.8 billion to local residents and businesses
  • Implementing the new Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit for businesses that make eligible capital investments in designated regions of the province where employment growth has significantly lagged behind below the provincial average.

Ontario has also suspended time-of-use electricity rates for eligible small businesses, as well as residential and farm time-of-use customers, holding electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 10.1 cents-per-kilowatt-hour, for 24 hours per day, seven days a week for 45 days, for all time-of-use customers, who make up the majority of electricity consumers in the province. By switching to a fixed off-peak rate, time-of-use customers will see rate reductions of over 50 per cent compared to on-peak rates.

“To help stop the spread of COVID-19, businesses have closed their doors and employees have stayed home and that has been working, but it has also created significant financial hardship,” said Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance. “By subsidizing rent payments, reducing taxes, extending deadlines, and eliminating penalties and interest, we’re helping to ensure businesses can start up quickly when the time is right.”

The Ontario government has also worked with the federal government to develop the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan that will enable up to $40 billion in lending, supported through Export Development Canada and the Business Development Bank. This program will help businesses meet cash flow requirements through guaranteed loans.

“Ontario’s small and medium-sized businesses are vital to our economy and include some of the hardest-working people in the world who have rolled up their sleeves to support our frontline healthcare workers, and beat this virus,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “This package of supports will help them get through these difficult days and resume normal operations as soon as possible.”

“In the months ahead, small businesses will be critical to Ontario’s economic recovery. Together with our federal partners, we are ensuring we support our small businesses today, so that they can continue to create opportunities for hardworking Ontario families tomorrow,” said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction. “With rents coming due, it’s extremely important that the federal government move quickly to implement this program and get small businesses and property owners the support they urgently need.”

QUICK FACTS

  • The Province’s $241 million investment in OCECRA is part of the $17 billion Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19.
  • The government has retroactively, to January 1, 2020, raised the Employer Health Tax (EHT) exemption to $1 million from $490,000 for 2020, providing additional EHT relief of up to $9,945 per eligible employer.
  • Starting January 1, 2020, Ontario reduced the small business Corporate Income Tax rate from 3.5 per cent to 3.2 per cent.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA)

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-canada-emergency-commercial-rent-assistance-program.html

See how your organization can help fight COVID-19

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/how-your-organization-can-help-fight-coronavirus

Information and advice to help your business navigate the economy during COVID-19

https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-support-businesses

 

Learn more about Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19

https://budget.ontario.ca/2020/marchupdate/action-plan.html

 

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

 

Celebrate Ontario supports local theatre group, Elvis for 2019
Tweed and Company Theatre and Tweed Elvis Festival given CO grants


TWEED
– June 3, 2019 – MPP Daryl Kramp is pleased to announce that two local not-for-profit groups in Hastings-Lennox and Addington are recipients of 2019 Celebrate Ontario grants to help fund their events.
The Tweed and Company Theatre group is receiving a grant of $15,000 to mount their production of The Haunting of Hungerford House. The second successful local applicant, Tweed Music Festivals, is receiving a grant of $8,294 for its annual Tweed Elvis Festival.


“I am happy to see these groups rewarded for their hard work, and I encourage them and others to apply through next year’s Celebrate Ontario program,” said MPP Kramp.


The 2019 Celebrate Ontario program was one of the most successful in the province’s history, with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport receiving over 400 individual submissions. Each was weighed against a list of criteria that included public accessibility of live music, the role of community based, not-for-profit organizations, whether located in rural and northern areas where community and corporate partnerships may not be as readily available, and a priority for events that show greatest impact for funding – larger visitor numbers, and high levels of visitor spending. In total, over $13 million is being invested in over 250 festivals and events in communities across the province, plus another $4 million in additional funding for larger events.


For 2019, the application process was simplified for Celebrate Ontario, and this was met with a positive response from applicants. A significant focus was put on providing support to new and emerging events across the province. Festivals and events that demonstrate a clear return on investment, and a respect for taxpayer dollars, with a focus on increasing Ontario tourism were scored higher than in previous years.

EORN high-speed internet and cellular service receives
Province of Ontario green light for $71M funding
MPP Kramp hails jobs and municipal / provincial cooperation

ROSENEATH – May 17, 2019 – H-L&A MPP Daryl Kramp joined Monte McNaughton, Ontario Infrastructure Minister, and other MPPs and local politicians today at the announcement of guaranteed provincial funding of $71 million for the completion of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network of high-speed cellular and internet broadband.
“When I was first involved in EORN as an MP a few years back there were those who told us the terrain was too rugged for modern communications,” said Kramp. “We proved them wrong then, and now this second phase will complete the coverage. I pay tribute to all the Wardens, Mayors, CAOs and others in the Eastern Counties and municipalities who worked on this.”
“The original EORN investment has made a huge difference across the region but it highlighted the gaps in the north and south that remained,” said Kramp. “This second phase eliminates the gaps and will provide the security of emergency communications and internet access for all.”
In his remarks, Minister McNaughton also highlighted the construction jobs and long-term economic impact in fulfilling the promise made to the area.
“Our government has committed to help people get the broadband and cellular connections they need,” said McNaughton. “This is a matter of both public safety and economic opportunity.”
The public-private initiative requires contributions from the federal government as well as private sector and municipal partners. Total value of the project is estimated at $213 million and is expected to generate up to 3,000 jobs over 10 years and potential revenues of $420 million.
“Too often, Eastern Ontario residents find themselves with no signal or dropped cell services,” said EORN chair J. Murray Jones. “EORN is building on the investment we’ve already made in broadband infrastructure across the region to close the gap in mobile services and improve economic growth, quality of life and public safety.”
In the 2019 Ontario Budget, the provincial government committed $315 million over the next five years to regional and shovel-ready projects.

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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