Municipal modernization program | Town of Georgina

Online survey

The Town of Georgina and the Town of East Gwillimbury have partnered to review fire and emergency services.
A survey was created to obtain input from each community to help plan the future of the fire service. Take the survey and share your thoughts on the Mission Statement, Vision Statement and Guiding Principles. Your feedback will help shape the Service Delivery Review project. The survey will remain open until the end of July.

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Virtual Public Session

The Town of Georgina and the Town of East Gwillimbury held Public Information Centers (PICs) on June 28-29.

Both sessions were recorded and can be viewed online.

Town of Georgina CIP

City of East Gwillimbury IPC

Municipal modernization program

The Town of Georgina and the Town of East Gwillimbury have launched a Joint Assessment of Fire Services under the Municipal Modernization Program to investigate upgrades and efficiencies.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of efficient and financially sustainable municipal services. While municipalities continue to face challenges, there are also opportunities to evolve services and stimulate new ways of doing business to better serve our growing communities.

Residents of East Gwillimbury and Georgina enjoy reliable, quality fire and emergency services. Under the direction of the department’s fire chiefs and the direction of municipal strategic plans, both cities are focused on continuous improvement in how we provide services to residents.

Both municipalities will experience significant growth over the next few years, and East Gwillimbury and Georgina see opportunities for collaboration that could result in improved services for both municipalities. With funding received from the Provincial Municipal Modernization Fund, East Gwillimbury and Georgina have partnered to review fire and emergency services.

Project overview

The Joint Fire Service Assessment project will identify efficiencies and opportunities for modernization along the lines of the Office of the Fire Marshal’s three lines of defence:

  1. Public fire safety education
  2. Fire Safety Standards and Application
  3. emergency response

The project includes:

  • An update of the two municipalities’ fire master plans to meet current growth projections
  • Analysis of the three potential service options:
    • modernized and autonomous fire services for the two municipalities
    • shared services options
    • consolidated composite service models (full-time and paid on call/volunteer)
  • Implementation strategies for all options

Our goal, as always, is to provide an efficient, effective and modern fire service for our residents and businesses. Opportunities for public consultation will be provided. Check municipal websites to find out when and how to participate.

To learn more about the fire services and this project, contact Fire Chief Ron Jenkins.