$1.1 Million in Funding for Critical Services on its WayMarch 4, 2021
Financial relief will help ensure the delivery of critical services and keep capital projects on track
NIPISSING – Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli said he has heard directly from municipalities that they are struggling with the costs of Covid. The provincial response is to provide an additional $1.1 million for the 11 Nipissing municipalities. This new funding will assist them with their ongoing COVID-19 related operating costs.
“Our government recognizes that the pandemic has created significant financial challenges for communities in our area,” said MPP Fedeli. “Our municipalities have been clear that they need additional operating funding in 2021, and it’s important that we step up and provide more financial relief. At the same time, we need the federal government to join us and provide our municipal partners with the additional support they deserve,” added Fedeli.
Today’s 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.
2021 municipal COVID-19 recovery funding across the Nipissing District includes:
- North Bay $ 747,129
- Bonfield $ 39,371
- Callander $ 54,699
- Calvin $ 21,256
- Chisholm $ 29,627
- East Ferris $ 65,845
- Mattawa $ 37,780
- Mattawan $ 17,572
- Nipissing $ 43,818
- Papineau-Cameron $ 27,055
- Powassan $ 47,393
“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. “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 provincial investment builds on the $1.39 billion in operating funding that was 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.