Ministry of Municipal Affairs will not impose amalgamation on Muskoka regional government

MUSKOKA - The provincial government will be leaving the governance of Muskoka’s lower and upper tier councils as is.

In an Oct 25 press release the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing stated that ”throughout this extensive review, the government heard that local communities should decide what is best for them in terms of governance, decision-making and service delivery. After careful consideration of the feedback we heard through the course of the review, our government stands firm in its commitment to partnering with municipalities without pursuing a top-down approach. We will provide municipalities with the resources to support local decision-making.”

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing media relations person Dakota Brasier provided a statement to Muskoka Post and stated that the government had received more than 8,500 submissions during the consultation and the Special Advisors, Michael Fenn and Ken Seiling, attended nine in-person sessions.

“As we have said many times, our government had no predetermined outcomes for this review. We heard loud and clear that local communities should decide what’s best for them when it comes to governance, decision making, and service delivery,” Brasier said.

We will work collaboratively and in partnership with municipalities, and we will not impose amalgamations on municipalities.”

Steve Clark, minister of municipal affairs and housing, said the province is “committed to helping and empowering municipalities to become more efficient and effective, so they can make every dollar count.”

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