Investments Will Support Waterloo Region Townships, Respect Taxpayer Dollars Improve Service Delivery and Efficiency

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Investments Will Support Waterloo Region Townships, Respect Taxpayer Dollars

Improve Service Delivery and Efficiency

NEWS March 22, 2019

St. Jacobs, Ontario—This afternoon, MPP Mike Harris met with the Township Mayors of Woolwich, Wellesley, and Wilmot to discuss Steve Clark’s, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, March 19th announcement of a one-time investment to small and rural municipalities as well as other local priorities.

The Township of Woolwich will receive $725,000, the Township of Wellesley will receive $676,040, and the Township of Wilmot will receive $725,000 to improve service delivery by finding smarter, more efficient ways to spend money that help those who need it most while respecting taxpayer dollars.

“Balancing financial resources with the desire to transform and modernize services for our residents is an ongoing challenge,” said Woolwich Mayor Sandy Shantz. “We are excited to be able to review our priorities and to have the funding to make improvements that will lead to great efficiency.”

This funding will support some of Ontario’s small and rural municipalities that 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 am very pleased that the Province recognizes the importance of effectively serving our citizens at a local level,” said Wellesley Township Mayor Joe Nowak. “This funding will allow the Township to explore ways to find efficiencies in the services we deliver and to ensure that our local government is providing cost effective operating methods.”

“This is a crucial investment for our small and rural municipalities, especially here in Waterloo Region,” said Mike Harris MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga. “The townships of Woolwich, Wellesley, and Wilmot will receive funding this fiscal year to improve service delivery and drive efficiencies for the benefit of local taxpayers.”

Ontario’s government 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 Townships have over the past several years been working collaboratively to create efficiencies. We are doing group procurements, which are occurring with the cities as well”, said Mayor of Wilmot Township Les Armstrong. “Continuing to find such efficiencies is a priority for all of the Municipalities in Waterloo Region. This funding will certainly allow us to continue to work towards improved service delivery and efficiencies”

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


• Township of Woolwich will receive $725,000, Township of Wellesley $676,040, and the Township of Wilmot $725,000 this fiscal year.
• 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.