Town of Aurora Municipal Modernization

Published on July 09, 2021

Ontario Supports Modernization of Small and Rural Communities

Funding helps improve the delivery of critical programs and services while saving taxpayers’ dollars in Aurora


NEWS                                                                                                                              July 7, 2021


Aurora — The Ontario government is providing up to $215,000 to help improve the delivery of critical programs and services in Aurora. The funding is being delivered through the Municipal Modernization Program and will support the following project(s):


  • Town of Aurora Procurement Modernization Review
  • Town of Aurora Municipal Service Delivery Review



“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to make it easier for Ontarians to access the services they need in their communities, when they need them,” said Christine Elliott, MPP for Newmarket-Aurora. “The two Town of Aurora projects announced today will ensure that our community will benefit from innovative and streamlined solutions that positively impact services and save taxpayers’ dollars.”

"There are so many programs and services that people in our community are counting on everyday, and they need to be able to access them easily and conveniently, especially during a pandemic." said Michael Parsa, MPP for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill. "This new funding of $215,00 is going to help our municipal partners here in Aurora to modernize and streamline the delivery of these critical services, and even save the taxpayers more money in the long-term. I couldn't be more excited for this announcement, and I'm glad to see our government making investments in the wellbeing of our local community."

Ontario is providing up to $24 million to support the modernization of 224 small and rural municipalities across the province. A total of 254 projects will receive funding under Intake 2 of Ontario’s Municipal Modernization Program.


“Today marks another milestone in our government’s commitment to supporting municipalities as they look for ways to improve service delivery in our communities,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “To put it simply, identifying and implementing modern solutions means money is diverted away from wasteful service delivery and stays in the pockets of local taxpayers.”


Municipalities will use the funding to find efficiencies and implement a wide range of initiatives to digitize, streamline and/or integrate programs and services with neighbouring communities. The funding will also help municipalities administer the cost saving measures in time for the 2022 municipal budget cycle.


“I am grateful to the Ontario government for their continued support to municipalities. Modernization is one a critical component in the delivery of excellent customer service – and ultimately, that is what municipal government is all about. The funding received will allow the Town of Aurora to move forward with our procurement modernization review, as well as our service delivery review. These projects will help us to enhance our services, programs, and delivery models so that we can best meet the needs of our organization, our staff, and most importantly our residents.” – Tom Mrakas, Mayor Town of Aurora


Ontario has committed up to $125 million over four years through the Municipal Modernization Program to help small and rural municipalities modernize services. Under Intake 1, the Province invested $11.8 million in 180 modernization projects and identified over $100 million in savings and efficiencies.




  • In March, Ontario announced $10 million through the Audit and Accountability Fund to help large municipalities improve the delivery of critical programs and services during COVID-19.
  • The historic federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement secured up to $4 billion in emergency funding to support municipalities throughout COVID-19.
  • Ontario is also providing municipalities with almost $1 billion in additional financial relief in 2021 to help preserve vital public services and support economic recovery. This includes $500 million to help municipalities address their ongoing COVID-19 operating costs, $255 million under the Social Services Relief Fund, and $150 million for transit.
  • Ontario continues to call on the federal government to increase its funding for municipalities, which will be critical as they continue to recover from the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.









Constituency Office of MPP Christine Elliott

Contact:  Dawn Gallagher Murphy

Email:  [email protected]

Tel:  905-853-9889

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