Ontario will divide some $4 billion among its municipalities in a one-time funding burst to support COVID recovery on the local level.
Ontario’s share is coming from a federal-provincial partnership that would see $19 billion split coast-to-coast. The fund was announced in mid-July and is intended to help municipalities continue to provide services despite the impact of COVID on the bottom line. Those services include transit
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This funding comes following a plea from mayors’ groups and organizations across Ontario. Groups like the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario urged the federal government to make a commitment of no less than $10 billion to support lower-tier governments, with $4 billion of that to be earmarked for Ontario needs.
Details of specific allocation will be released over the coming weeks.