Ontario Government Listens to Halton Residents: No Amalgamation for the Region or its Municipalities
October 25, 2019
Oakville North-Burlington – MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos today welcomed the news that there will be no amalgamation of Halton Region or its four constituent municipalities.
Earlier this year, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing launched a Review of Regional Government to ask residents how their regional governments could provide more streamlined services while respecting tax dollars. The goal was to see municipalities deliver quality services efficiently and effectively.
The Ontario Government listened to residents and believes they should decide what is best for them when it comes to governance, decision making and service delivery. The Minister said again today that government had had no predetermined outcomes for this review and wanted to hear what people had to say about their local governments.
MPP Triantafilopoulos had worked with Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford and local residents and ratepayers’ groups to ensure that the views of residents were heard by the government.
Quotes from Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP:
“People in Oakville and Burlington were very clear that their local governments are working well. I was pleased to bring the views of my constituents to the government through petitions I read in the legislature and working directly with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.”
“I am proud to be part of a government that consults with people in our community – and listens to what they tell us. I am also proud to belong to a community that promotes the interests of all of its residents by working together to support effective local government.”
- The government launched the Regional Government Review led by Special Advisors, Michael Fenn and Ken Seiling, earlier this year
- The Specials Advisors attended nine in-person sessions including in Halton and received more than 8,500 submissions