Service Ontario office closures on hold: McDonell

Eastern Ontario MPP and Tory consumer affairs critic Jim McDonell. (Newswatch Group/File)

QUEEN’S PARK – A plan to close nine Service Ontario centers, including the offices in Kemptville and Morrisburg, has been put on hold.

That’s according to Jim McDonell, the Tory consumer affairs critic, who says the Liberal plan to streamline services is under further review.

“Local communities came out in force against this plan,” MPP McDonell stated.

“Hundreds of constituents signed petitions to save their local Service Ontario outlets. Smaller communities count on these locations to deliver essential government services that aren’t available at privately-run locations.”

McDonell added many residents can’t access services online or don’t have the means to drive to an office further away.

“The fate of the Morrisburg, Embrun and Kemptville Service Ontario offices is still in the balance, but they have been granted a reprieve. I will continue to fight to preserve the delivery of in-person government services in smaller communities.”