Huron-Bruce receives funding for programs and services from province

MPP for Huron-Bruce, Lisa Thompson. (Photo by Bob Montgomery)

The provincial government is providing up to $1,401,785 in funding to improve critical programs and services in Huron-Bruce.

The funding is being delivered through the Municipal Modernization Program.

MPP for the region Lisa Thompson made the announcement saying COVID-19 has shown inefficiencies exist with providing certain services.

“The pandemic has accelerated the need to deliver programming more efficiently so that people can access the services they need, when they need them,” Thompson says. “These projects will help ensure that our community will benefit from innovative and streamlined solutions in a way that will positively impact services and save taxpayer’s dollars.”

Local projects approved include:

-Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh: meeting management and website redevelopment ($68,685)

-Bluewater: Parks and Recreation Master Plan; Bluebeam purchasing and digital review systemsimprovements; and E-Permitting subscription implementation ($94,450)

-Central Huron: IT service review ($65,000)

-Morris-Turnberry: radio system implementation ($90,000)

-North Huron: digital modernization; Information Technology review ($138,750) 

-South Huron: records management improvement ($40,500)

-County of Bruce: joint municipal operations digital integration platform; joint museum and cultural centre newspaper digitization; joint archaeological management plan development; joint permits, licensing, and land modernization; and joint IT business analysis for municipalities in Bruce County ($630,600)

-Brockton: digital modernization strategy development ($112,500)

-Saugeen Shores: service modernization projects; development application process review ($95,750)

-Kincardine: purchasing and procurement review ($60,000)

-Huron-Kinloss: Information Technology modernization project; digital modernization review ($100,000)

Thompson says the funding will help municipalities find efficiencies and implement a wide range of initiatives to digitize, streamline, and/or integrate programs and services with neighbouring communities.