Ontario's natural resources ministry expects to save C$7.1M/year, future capital costs of C$12.3M, with transformation plan to improve cost efficiency; measures include elimination of 28 full-time and 102 seasonal positions

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario , September 27, 2012 (press release) – The Ministry of Natural Resources is moving forward with a plan to modernize its business and operate on a more cost efficient basis.

With its transformation plan, the ministry is reviewing its operations to ensure a clearer focus on its core mandate of natural resource management.

The review process includes public consultations on a proposed framework for streamlining and automating permitting and licensing processes to help individuals and businesses access services faster and more efficiently.

Other modernization efforts include:

  • Focusing service at Ontario's most popular provincial parks and changing the designation at 10 provincial parks with very low visitation rates.
  • Introducing a new day-based youth employment program, the Stewardship Youth Ranger Program, to replace the overnight Ontario Ranger Program.
  • Modernizing the way the ministry supports community-based stewardship activities to ensure a clearer focus on ministry priorities.
  • Issuing reminders for Outdoor Card renewals through channels other than mail, such as social media and magazine ads, saving on postage and printing costs.
  • Focusing the structure of the ministry to support modernized service delivery.
These and other changes will result in the elimination of 28 full-time and 102 seasonal positions. They will also save the ministry $7.1 million each year and future capital costs of $12.3 million.


QUICK FACTS

  • The ministry's transformation plan was announced in the 2012 Ontario Budget.
  • Ontario has a network of 334 provincial parks, 104 of which will continue as operating parks that provide various visitor services.
  • The ministry will continue to be a leader in providing youth employment opportunities, offering more than 1,900 positions in 2013.


LEARN MORE

Read the proposed framework for streamlining and automating permitting and licensing processes.
http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTE3MTMx&statusId=MTc1MzI1&language=en

Find out about the Ministry of Natural Resources' core business priorities.
http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/About/index.html

Modernizing Natural Resource Management.
http://news.ontario.ca/mnr/en/2012/09/modernizing-natural-resource-management.html

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