SO­CIAL HOUSING FLEXIBILITY

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The Uni­ted Counties of Pres­cott-Rus­sell (UCPR) are trying to convince the new provincial go­vern­ment to re­lax the gui­de­lines just a lit­tle bit on spen­ding so­cial housing funds. A UCPR de­le­ga­tion met with provincial of­fi­cials on the is­sue du­ring the recent As­so­cia­tion of Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties of On­ta­rio (AMO) confe­rence in Ot­ta­wa. UCPR Chief Ad­mi­nis­tra­tor Sté­phane Pa­ri­sien said du­ring an in­ter­view the counties want “more flexibility” on the grant spen­ding dead­lines so that counties coun­cil and staff can make “bet­ter plan­ning de­ci­sions” for the mo­ney. At present pro­vi­ni­cal sup­port grants for plan­ning and in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects of­ten come with a dead­line when the mo­ney must be spent. Go­vern­ment of­fi­cials pro­mi­sed to re­view the si­tua­tion and con­tact the counties la­ter. – Gregg Chamberlain

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