Lake of Bays among municipalities to get provincial help for infrastructure planning

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The Province of Ontario announced yesterday that 58 rural Ontario municipalities will receive expert infrastructure planning help. Lake of Bays is among them.

Municipalities are required to develop asset management plans, and each of the 58 will receive assistance in developing one. The program is being delivered by the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario in partnership with the Province.

“This assistance will help six municipalities in Parry Sound-Muskoka and 52 other rural and northern communities plan for the future,” said Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller in a release. “We know that infrastructure spending benefits families and businesses. This will help ensure the funds are spent on the right projects.”

The six municipalities in Parry Sound-Muskoka that will receive the assistance are the Village of Burk’s Falls, the Township of Carling, the Township of Lake of Bays, the Municipality of McDougall, the Township of Strong and the Municipality of Whitestone.

These plans will help prioritize infrastructure projects and guide decisions on spending, added Miller, work that is critical to sustaining necessary services, such as roads, bridges and clean drinking water.

“Our Government has heard from small municipalities,” said Miller. “We recognize that asset management planning is challenging work, especially for small municipalities with limited resources. I am pleased to be able to announce we’re responding by sending specialized assistance.”

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