The Northern Policy Institute is recommending the creation of regional districts, as a way to provide better advocacy and improve service delivery in Northern Ontario. The Kenora area has just under 2,400 people living in unincorporated areas. Residents in the unincorporated across the district provide 45 per cent of the district services board's annual tax levy.
The Institute points to a similar arrangement in B.C., where a forum was created to allow unincorporated areas to work with municipalities and First Nations. In the B.C. model, the regional districts have leeway in how they govern themselves and provide services. The study noted there are other jurisdictions using similar models.
Another recommendation is to look at the Far North, where road access is a key issue for 24,000 people who live in 31 First Nations communities, as well as two municipalities.
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