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Rural Municipalities Have Had To Do More With Less, Says Study

Wellington County
Due to struggles with often-changing provincial policies over the past 30 years, rural municipalities in Ontario have had to “do more with less” according to a study done by the University of Guelph.

A recent report by professor Ryan Gibson and rural studies PhD student John Dale titled Do more, with less: The realities of local government in rural Ontario examines the challenges and impacts faced by rural municipalities from the “ebbs and flows” of policy changes from different provincial governments since 1990.

It noted over the past 30 years, responsibilities, mandates and activities of local government have undergone substantial transformations.

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