Safe Restart Agreement Funding for Municipalities/Phase 2 - Dec 16/20

Today, Minister Clark announced that our government is allocating an additional $695 million to municipalities, to help ensure they do not carry budgetary operating deficits into 2021.

All 444 municipalities are receiving new funding to help provide more financial relief, as their 2021 operating budgets are finalized. 

MPP Dunlop Press Release:

Ontario Supporting Local Communities with Emergency Funding

Assistance will help ensure the delivery of critical public services during COVID-19 

Simcoe North — The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is delivering on its commitment to provide urgently needed emergency assistance to Ontario's 444 municipalities.  Communities in Simcoe North will receive funding to address municipal operating pressures related to the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the first round of emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement.

Ontario secured up to $4 billion in emergency assistance for municipalities through the Safe Restart Agreement, which gives them the support and flexibility they need to protect the health and well-being of their communities, while continuing to deliver critical public services as the province continues on the path of renewal, growth and economic recovery.

Municipalities receiving funding include:

Town of Midland - $ 483,900 Municipal Funding, additional $70,781 Transit Funding

City of Orillia - $1,770,100 Municipal Funding, additional $660,842 Transit Funding

Township of Oro-Medonte -  $5 79,400 Municipal Funding

Town of Penetanguishene - $245,400, additional $33,514 Transit Funding

Township of Ramara - $382,600 Municipal Funding

Township of Severn - $439,000 Municipal Funding

Tay Township - $334,800 Municipal Funding

Tiny Township - $616,700 Municipal Funding

“This is great news for our local municipalities. Our government continues to work collaboratively with our municipal partners,” said Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North. “We are confirming that building strong local partnerships with municipalities is an important part in our plan to build Ontario together, and the additional transit funding will continue to improve travel for the way that the people of Simcoe North live, move and work.”

In September, Ontario’s 444 municipalities will receive $695 million in Phase 1 funding for municipal operating pressures. This funding will be allocated on a per household basis and would be shared 50/50 between upper- and lower-tier municipalities. Up to $695 million in additional funding will be available through Phase 2 for municipalities that have COVID-related financial impacts that exceed the initial per household allocation provided under Phase 1.

In addition to the support for municipalities, the government is providing over $660 million in the first phase of transit funding to the 110 municipalities with transit systems. The funding can be used to provide immediate relief from transit pressures, such as lower ridership, as well as for new costs due to COVID-19, such as enhanced cleaning and masks for staff. In the second phase, additional allocations will be provided based on expenses incurred to ensure the funding meets the needs of municipalities. As part of the Safe Restart Agreement with the federal government, up to $2 billion is being provided to support public transit in Ontario.

The government is committed to working in partnership with municipalities to ensure they can emerge stronger than ever and help lead Ontario’s economic recovery.

Ontario Press Release:

English: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/59677/ontario-provides-more-financial-relief-for-municipalities-during-covid-19

French: https://news.ontario.ca/fr/release/59680/lontario-accorde-aux-municipalites-une-aide-financiere-supplementaire-pendant-la-pandemie-de-covid-1