KENORA, ONTARIO ~~~~ August 14, 2020 (LSN) Today, MPP Greg Rickford announced the Ontario Government’s investment, in partnership with the federal government, to deliver urgently needed emergency assistance to the municipalities in Kenora-Rainy River. Communities 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.
The Safe Restart Agreement provides financial support and flexibility to local governments 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.
Funding details for Kenora-Rainy River Municipalities:
"The COVID-19 pandemic has put an extraordinary strain on our local municipalities and the services they provide our communities and residents," said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora–Rainy River. "Our government’s financial support will protect local government’s vital public service delivery and better the health and well-being of Kenora-Rainy River residents."
Ontario has committed up to $4 billion dollars to support Ontario’s 444 municipalities with one-time financial assistance. Funding will be delivered in two phases with this first round of funding for municipalities this fall. 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.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted day to day life as we once knew it. Adapting to necessary changes to keep everyone safe has been not only been challenging but has added additional unexpected costs to the taxpayers,” said Mayor Daniel Reynard, City of Kenora. “This funding is a demonstration of the great partnership between the Federal and Provincial governments and the Province of Ontario continuing to support the City of Kenora and our municipal partners throughout Northwestern Ontario during the COVID 19 crisis.”
In addition to the support for municipalities, the government is providing support for 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.
The government is committed to working in partnership with municipalities to ensure they can emerge stronger than ever and help lead Ontario’s economic recover
Quick Facts • 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.
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