- Who conducted the Regional Government Review, and why?
The Province of Ontario initiated a Regional Government Review in January 2019. The objective of the review was to ensure the identified municipalities are providing the vital services that residents and local business depend on, in an efficient manner. The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing appointed Ken Seiling and Michael Fenn as Special Advisors to assist with this review.
- Which municipalities were reviewed?
Eight regional governments (Durham, Halton, Muskoka District, Niagara, Oxford County, Peel, Waterloo, York), Simcoe County and their lower-tier municipalities were reviewed. All municipalities included in the review are available here.
- How was the Review carried out and what was the City’s role?
In January 2019, the Province launched its consultation with various ways for the public to get involved, including online and in-person opportunities.
In additional to the Province’s consultation, the City of Brampton carried out a separate public engagement campaign, including a Telephone Town Hall, In-Person Town Hall, On-Line Survey and online comment form. A summary of each of these initiatives are available online and were presented to the Province.
- What is the City’s stance on the Review?
- What research was conducted regarding the pros and cons of changing regional government structure?
The Region of Peel, the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga, and Town of Caledon commissioned the firm Ernst & Young (EY) to conduct a financial analysis of the potential impact of changes to service delivery models under three scenario: Status Quo, Amalgamation and Dissolution over a forecast period to 2028.
EY’s financial analysis shows an upper bound cost to deliver services spread over 10 years across all municipalities: $755M over 10 years in case of a Dissolution and $629M over 10 years to deliver services in case of an Amalgamation.