How can Ontario municipalities best deliver a wide array of local services, ranging from transit to libraries to wastewater treatment? One answer is through collaboration among municipal governments. A new Perspectives paper by Zachary Spicer explores when and how municipalities in Ontario share services and cooperate on a regional scale.
Called Linking Regions, Linking Functions: Inter-Municipal Agreements in Ontario, the paper describes the reasons for forming inter-municipal agreements, discusses the different forms these agreements take, and presents the findings of a first-ever 2012 survey of Ontario municipalities that examined the nature of shared services arrangements.
Zachary Spicer is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow with the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy at Wilfrid Laurier University, and was a postdoctoral fellow with the IMFG in 2013-14.
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