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MPP Clark: Ontario Provides Additional Support for Local Municipalities In Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Island and Rideau Lakes during COVID-19

Financial relief to ensure delivery of critical services and keep capital projects on track

BROCKVILLE — Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand islands and Rideau Lakes announced that the Ontario government is providing $1,572,680 in new provincial funding to help area municipal governments address ongoing COVID-19-related operating costs. The new financial relief will help ensure the delivery of critical services during the pandemic and keep capital projects on track.

“Our government continues to adapt and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as it evolves, and we know our municipal partners are on the front lines of this effort – providing the critical services people depend on every day,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand islands and Rideau Lakes. “Our municipalities have been clear that they need ongoing operating funding in 2021, and it is important that we step up and provide that support so our municipal partners can continue to deliver the services Ontarians rely on each and every day.”

This announcement is part of the province’s $500 million investment to help ensure the stability of Ontario’s 444 municipalities as they plan for the year ahead. The funding is being prioritized to help municipalities hardest hit by the pandemic and can be used for things like personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and by-law enforcement.

Minister Clark’s investment builds on the $1.39 billion in operating funding that was previously provided to municipal partners through the joint federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement. The second phase of the Safe Restart Agreement was allocated to all Ontario municipalities in December, to ensure that no community entered 2021 facing an operating deficit from 2020.

“Municipalities are important partners in the fight against COVID-19,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board. “We know the global pandemic has created significant financial challenges for communities across the province. That’s why we have been there with support from the very beginning. I encourage our federal partners to step forward with additional investments as all three governments work together to protect people’s health and jobs.”

Township of Athens$27,821
Township of Augusta$57,116
City of Brockville$329,527
Township of Edwardsburgh-Cardinal$58,025
Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley$74,634
Township of Front of Yonge$25,480
Town of Gananoque$77,263
United Counties of Leeds and Grenville$434,358
Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands$108,744
Village of Merrickville-Wolford$27,468
Municipality of North Grenville$130,787
Town of Prescott$66,935
Township of Rideau Lakes$140,382
Village of Westport$14,140

The government will provide its next update on Ontario’s finances and the government’s plan to continue the fight against COVID-19 in the 2021 Budget, to be delivered no later than March 31, 2021. The 2021 Budget will build on the $45 billion in support set out in Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover to continue protecting people’s health and supporting Ontario’s economy through COVID-19 and beyond.

Ontario is also supporting municipalities in finding budget savings and efficiencies through the Audit and Accountability Fund and Municipal Modernization Program.