Brockville – Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark announced today that municipalities in Leeds and Grenville will receive more than $6 million to address operating pressures as they continue to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clark said the financial relief, provided in partnership with the federal government, is part of the first round of emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement and delivers on Ontario’s commitment to provide urgently needed emergency assistance to the province’s 444 municipalities.
“Local municipalities have demonstrated outstanding leadership in helping to keep our residents and communities safe throughout these unprecedented times. But rising to this challenge has brought with it immense financial pressures,” said Clark. “I commend Premier Ford for his determination in negotiating a strong agreement with the federal government. This ensures we can support our municipal partners, build stronger communities and protect local taxpayers as Ontario continues on the road to renewal and economic recovery.”
Local municipalities will receive the following funding under the agreement:
|Municipality||Phase 1 Funding|
|City of Brockville||$1,313,900|
|Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal||$192,800|
|Front of Yonge Township||$76,100|
|Town of Gananoque||$308,100|
|Leeds and the Thousand Islands||$361,300|
|Municipality of North Grenville||$434,600|
|Town of Prescott||$266,900|
|Rideau Lakes Township||$466,400|
|Village of Westport||$23,700|
|United Counties of Leeds & Grenville||$2,164,800|
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 residents, while continuing to deliver critical public services.
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.
Locally, this includes $102,647 for the City of Brockville and $13,320 for the Municipality of North Grenville.
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 federal Safe Restart Agreement provides $19 billion to Canadian provinces and territories to help ensure a strong recovery and support frontline health care, families, and communities. Across all streams of federal investment, the Safe Restart Agreement provides over $7 billion in funding and in-kind supports to Ontario.
- The agreement provides up to a total of $4 billion in funding to the province’s 444 municipalities.
- The province is making a contribution of 50 per cent to the municipal supports and transit funding available through the Safe Restart Agreement, with the federal government contributing the other 50 per cent.
- Ontario is also providing municipal service managers and Indigenous housing partners an additional $212 million under the Social Services Relief Fund to help protect vulnerable people from COVID-19. This investment can help them protect homeless shelter staff and residents, expand rent support programming and create longer-term housing solutions. This brings the government’s total Social Services Relief Fund investment provided to service managers and Indigenous program administrators to $510 million, and builds on our COVID-19 Action Plan to Protect Vulnerable Ontarians.
- Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario government has worked with municipalities to provide them with the tools and supports they need, including enabling them to hold virtual council and local board meetings, and temporarily extending expiring development charge bylaws to ensure they could continue to collect this vital source of revenue.