Brock Township set to receive $323,000 in emergency funding for pandemic

Brock Township will be receiving more than $323,000 to help offset the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The provincial and federal governments are providing up to $1.6 billion to municipalities as part of the first round of emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement.

Durham Region is set to receive more than $14.5 million through the program – with another $8.5 million earmarked for transit.

“This funding will help municipalities protect the health and well-being of the people of Ontario, while continuing to deliver critical public services, such as public transit and shelters, as the province continues down the path of renewal, growth and economic recovery,” reads a media release.

“Through the Safe Restart Agreement with the federal government, $695 million will help municipalities address operating pressures related to the COVID-19 pandemic through the first round of emergency funding, and over $660 million will support transit systems. The province is also providing an additional $212 million through the Social Services Relief Fund to help vulnerable people find shelter.”

Details of the program were announced Wednesday (Aug. 12).

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have had the backs of our municipalities, which is why we are announcing up to $1.6 billion in critical funding today to help strengthen our communities and safely restart our economy. This first round of funding will address the most urgent needs of our communities, ensuring critical services like transit and shelters are there when people need them most,” said Premier Doug Ford in a media release.

“Municipalities are on the front lines of a safe restart to our economy. That’s why we’re working with Ontario, and all the provinces and territories, to ensure communities have the support they need to help Canadians through the next phase of this crisis,” added Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“Here in Ontario, this funding will allow municipalities to offer critical public services, like public transportation and shelters, while they help protect against potential future waves of the virus. Building a stronger and more resilient economy that works for everyone starts with keeping Canadians safe and healthy. Together, we will build on the progress we’ve made, and put Canadians first as we gradually and safely restart our economy.”

This fall, Ontario’s 444 municipalities will receive $695 million in Phase 1 funding to help address municipal operating pressures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will be allocated on a per household basis and will be shared between upper- and lower-tier municipalities. Up to $695 million in additional funding will be available through Phase 2 to eligible municipalities after municipalities have provided the province with information on their estimated COVID-19 related financial pressures.

“The success of Ontario’s municipalities is vital to our province’s economic recovery,” said Jim McDonell, parliamentary assistant to the minister of municipal affairs and housing.

“We’ve been working in partnership with municipalities from day one to understand the financial impacts of COVID-19, and this historic agreement will ensure they have the funding needed to address their most urgent local priorities.”

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