MPA Major Research Papers

The Socioeconomic implications of Ontario's Joint and Several Liability Arrangement: Insights from Municipal Political Elites in Perth County

Joshua Brick, Western University


This research report examines the extent to which senior municipal staff in Perth County consider the economic and social implications of joint and several liability. Data for the report is drawn from semi-structured interviews with Chief Administrative Officers or senior staff in the Municipality of North Perth, the Municipality of West Perth, the Township of Perth East, the Township of Perth South, and the County of Perth. The interviews reveal that staff consider both the economic and social implications of the current legislative framework, however economic implications are given greater weight.