See below a release from government today about municipalities accessing government funding for municipal audits. The objective is to help these municipalities audit their books to:
- Modernize services and better utilize digital and shared service models
- Find better ways of governance
- Redirect funding to those that need it most
This has potential implications for library budgets.
Reports will be completed December 2019/January 2020.
The list of municipalities is:
- Ajax, Barrie, Brampton, Brantford, Burlington, Cambridge, Clarington, Durham Region, Greater Sudbury, Guelph, Halton Region, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara Falls, Niagara Region, Oakville, Oshawa, Ottawa, Peel Region, Peterborough, Pickering, Richmond Hill, Sarnia, Sault Ste. Marie, St. Catharines, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vaughan, Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Whitby, Windsor, and York Region.
September 26, 2019
39 municipalities and three school boards to conduct independent, financial reviews
Thanks to the province’s Audit and Accountability Fund, all 39 municipalities and three school boards eligible for funding will be conducting independent reviews to find efficiencies, save taxpayer dollars and focus spending on vital programs and services that Ontarians rely on every day. “Our government is working hard to build a foundation for our long-term prosperity and to achieve that it will be essential to work cooperatively with our municipal and education partners,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board. “That’s why we established the Audit and Accountability Fund to give our partners the tools they need to conduct reviews of their books. I commend these municipalities and school boards for doing their part to build smarter government while making sure vital programs and services will be there when people need them.”
In May 2019, the government established the Audit and Accountability Fund for large urban municipalities and district school boards. The fund provided access of up to $8.15 million so school board and municipalities could conduct focused reviews of their programs and services.
Independent focused reviews can help improve outcomes and value for Ontarians by:
“The City of Guelph is pleased to be working with our provincial counterparts to conduct an independent review of spending through the Government of Ontario’s Audit and Accountability Fund,” said Cam Guthrie, Mayor of Guelph. “We appreciate the support of another level of government in partnering with municipalities to find efficiencies that can ultimately save taxpayers dollars and improve program and service delivery.”
Ontario’s government is fulfilling its commitment to respect taxpayer dollars and spend smarter by cutting waste, leveraging new technologies and removing duplication and inefficiency from government.
Treasury Board Secretariat