The Ontario government is providing funding to help improve the delivery of critical programs and services in Innisfil. 

The funding is being delivered through the Municipal Modernization Program and will support modernization of Innisfil’s internal services. 

“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 Andrea Khanjin, MPP for Barrie-Innisfil. “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. 

“We are grateful to our provincial government for providing Innisfil with the Municipal Modernization Program grant. Keeping costs down is more important than before” said Mayor Lynn Dollin. “This funding will allow us to streamline while continuing to deliver core services to our community.” 

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 more than $100 million in savings and efficiencies.