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Bill Walker MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

Bill Walker MPP

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For Immediate Release
February 27, 2020

MPP Walker announces funding for Bruce County project

OWEN SOUND - The Ontario government is providing funding to help small rural municipalities across the province modernize service delivery including ways to speed up the process for approving new housing and commercial developments.

The funding is provided through the Municipal Modernization Program and will support a range of projects, including helping municipalities streamline their local development approval processes and modernize permitting systems.

“Our government is thrilled to invest in so many local projects focused on making it faster and easier to build new housing and help attract and grow businesses,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We’re going to keep working in partnership with municipalities to help them improve processes to focus on the vital programs and services Ontarians rely on.”

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker was pleased to see that the County of Bruce will receive funding for its project: Modernization and Streamlining of Development Applications and Transportation Solutions.

“We will continue supporting local efforts to find more efficient ways to operate so that municipalities can focus on spending on vital programs and services,” said MPP Bill Walker. “I’m happy to see Bruce County receiving funding for this project. Our government is working in partnership with municipalities to create a more competitive business climate and deliver smarter government services.”

Up to $125 million is available until 2022-23 through the Municipal Modernization Program.

The government remains committed to working with our municipal partners to create a more competitive business climate and deliver smarter government services for people and businesses across the province.


  • Bruce County will receive funding for modernization and streamlining of development applications and transportation solutions.
  • More than 300 projects were submitted under the first intake of the Municipal Modernization Program and proposals continue to be reviewed.
  • Ontario is already providing up to $2.6 million for 27 joint projects that will help approximately 130 small and rural municipalities improve services for residents and businesses and lower costs in the longer term.

CONTACT: Chris Fell | | 519-371-2421

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