QUEEN’S PARK — The annual handout of money from the province to municipal governments Will see Parry Sound-Muskoka communities get back $12.5 million.

The province handed out their annual grants this week for 26 muncipalities across Parry Sound-Muskoka worth $1.5 million.

Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, announced the one-time investment for many of Ontario’s small and rural municipalities.

The 26 municipalities across Parry Sound-Muskoka will receive a total of $12,579,480 “to improve service delivery by finding smarter, more efficient ways to spend money that help those who need it most while respecting taxpayer dollars,” says a government release. “This support is targeted at Ontario’s small and rural municipalities that may have limited capacity to plan, modernize and improve the way they provide services to their communities.

Said Clark: “Taxpayers need their local government to deliver modern, efficient services that show respect for their hard-earned dollars. This funding will help small and rural municipalities improve how they deliver services and reduce the ongoing costs of providing those services. “I look forward to continuing to work together with our municipal partners to help people and businesses in communities across our province thrive.”

In total, 405 municipalities across Ontario will receive funding which was allocated based on the number of households in a municipality and whether the municipality is urban or rural.

“We are very pleased to receive this funding from the Provincial Government,” said Jamie Garvie, Parry Sound Mayor and president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Jamie McGarvey. “This funding will support our municipality’s endeavours to modernize our systems and services that will help to better serve our residents.”

Local MPP Norm Miller adde: “This funding will help all the communities in Parry Sound-Muskoka ensure they are providing their residents with the best value for their property tax dollars. “I look forward to seeing what innovative ways our municipal partners find to deliver services in the most efficient way possible.”

The government says the “municipalities will decide how to best target funding to benefit their local communities.”


Armour Township 407,000
Town of Bracebridge 604,110
Village of Burk’s Falls 254,800
Carling Township 508,800
Georgian Bay Township 604,110
Town of Gravenhurst 604,110
Town of Huntsville 604,110
Township of Joly 207,000
Town of Kearney 410,600
Township of Lake of Bays 602,410
Machar Township 331,200
Municipality of Magnetawan 560,800
Municipality of McDougall 534,200
Township of McKellar 474,600
Township of McMurrich-Monteith 321,000
District of Muskoka 725,000
Township of Muskoka Lakes 604,110
Town Parry Sound 668,150
Township of Perry 491,800
Ryerson Township 275,400
Seguin Township 725,000
Village of South River 256,000
Township of Strong 346,200
Village of Sundridge 252,800
Township of the Archipelago 675,170
Municipality of Whitestone 531,000