03 Dec, 2014

IMFG Perspectives Paper by Zachary Spicer Explores Why and When Cities Work Together

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.

View IMFG Perspective 10 Paper here: 


For more information, please contact:

Zachary Spicer
Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance