Morrisburg will lose its land registry office and the convenience of a locally located Service Ontario outlet, effective November 28, 2016.
Monday, Anne Marie Flanagan a communications official with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Service confirmed the date of the Morrisburg closure.
Nine publicly-run Service Ontario outlets across the province are slated for closure, and the Morrisburg location is among them.
Along with Morrisburg, Service Ontario offices in Kemptville, Embrun, Terrace Bay, Minden, Blind River, Mississauga, Milton and Guelph will close.
Local MPP Jim McDonell, who is PC Critic for Government and Consumer Services, brought the closures to light May 5th.
According to McDonell, the closures will take place between October 2016 and February 2017.
“Service Ontario is continually refining its practices to provide the best service possible in a fiscally responsible manner,” said Flanagan.
With this closure, land registry documents and services will be moved to Prescott.
The nearest Service Ontario location which provides vehicle registration, licencing, health card and birth certificate services, once the Morrisburg closure takes place, will be Winchester.
“These services will remain available within a reasonable proximity,” said Flanagan.
“This isn’t modernization – it’s denial of service,” said MPP McDonell.
“Rural residents will have to drive further for the government services they deserve to receive locally.”
Flanagan did not have the full details of what will happen with the staff from the Morrisburg site, but did confirm that it has one full time contract person.
“We are working to minimize involuntary job losses,” she said.
Service Ontario is a tenant in the building recently purchased by the Municipality of South Dundas from the United Counties of SD&G.
South Dundas municipal officials said Friday that they were not aware of the slated closure.