MUSKOKA — Electronic building permits in Gravenhurst and Bracebridge are among $1.4 million in projects the province is funding in Muskoka as part of a municipal modernization program.

Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark was in Bracebridge today with MPP Norman Miller, Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith and Gravenhurst Mayor Paul Kelly to highlight 13 grants to local governments.

Clark also joined Miller and Kelly in Gravenhurst to break ground on a new apartment complex by SkyDev.

In June the province said it was giving Parry Sound-Muskoka towns and villages $1,398,455 to help improve the delivery of critical programs and services.

The money is to be used to “find efficiencies” and implement a wide range of initiatives to digitize, streamline and/or integrate programs and services with neighbouring communities, said government release this afternoon.

Funding is meant to help municipalities save money in their 2022 budgets.

It will go to:

  1. Municipality of Magnetawan File Digitalization
  2. Township of McMurrich/Monteith Service Delivery Review
  3. Township of Muskoka Lakes Information Technology Master Plan
  4. District Municipality of Muskoka Human Services Programs Review
  5. Town of Parry Sound Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Study
  6. Village of South River River Financial Software and Phone System Modernization
  7. Municipality of Whitestone Digital Modernization Initiatives for Cyber Security, E-Building Permit Software, and Communications System Upgrades
  8. Town of Bracebridge Electronic Building and Planning Applications Review
  9. Township of Georgian Bay Modernization and Digital Systems Transformation
  10. Town of Gravenhurst Building Permit Applications E-solutions Modernization
  11. Township of Ryerson Digital Modernization Study
  12. Township of Lake of Bays and Town of Huntsville Joint Fire Protection Services Review
  13. Village of Sundridge, Township of Joly and Strong Township Joint Service Delivery Review

“All of these projects will ensure that our residents will benefit from innovations and streamlined solutions and that services will be delivered in ways that will save taxpayers’ dollars,” said Miller in the release.

“Some of the projects I find most exciting are the electronic building permit applications like those proposed by Bracebridge and Gravenhurst.”

SkyDev broke ground today on its apartment buildings at the south end of Gravenhurst with Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark on hand to help.