Efficient and Effective Regional Governments
Ontario's Government for the People is taking steps to help ensure that regional governments are working efficiently and effectively so they can continue to provide the vital services that communities depend on. To help with the review, Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, has appointed Michael Fenn and Ken Seiling as Special Advisors.
Michael Fenn has been an Ontario Deputy Minister under three Premiers, and a municipal chief administrator in Hamilton and Burlington. Fenn is the founding CEO of the regional transportation authority Metrolinx, as well as the regional health authority Mississauga Halton LHIN. He researches and writes extensively on infrastructure and public policy.
Ken Seiling was first elected as the Chair of Waterloo Region in 1985. He retired from this role on November 30, 2018. During his tenure, Ken sat on a number of boards and commissions, including the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board, the Grand River Conservation Authority, and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario board. He was a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to the community and was chosen as one of Wilfrid Laurier University's 100 Alumni of Achievement.
The advisors will deliver advice to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing based on their expertise and assessment of the feedback received through a consultation process.
Input will be sought from elected and appointed council members, municipal and business stakeholders and members of the public who live or work in the municipalities included in the review.
A variety of methods will be used to collect input. In early 2019, the advisors will conduct interviews with municipal leaders and staff, and hold meetings with various groups. The advisors will also gather input from additional stakeholders, communities and/or organizations if necessary. In the spring, the province will consult online with residents and businesses within the regions and Simcoe County.