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Support for Simcoe-Grey Municipalities During COVID-19

March 4, 2021 – The Ontario government is providing almost $7-million in new funding to help Simcoe-Grey municipalities address ongoing COVID-19 operating costs. The relief will help ensure the delivery of critical services and keep capital projects on track. It is part of an additional $500-million being allotted to all of the province’s 444 municipalities.
 
“This investment will help our communities provide the services people depend on every day,” said MPP Jim Wilson. “Municipalities have been clear that they need ongoing financial relief to help address the financial burdens brought on by the pandemic.”
 
Funding being provided to Simcoe-Grey communities is as follows:
 
Township of Adjala-Tosorontio                                                             158,853
Town of Collingwood                                                                            482,430
Township of Clearview                                                                         244,460
Township of Essa                                                                                 315,156
Town of New Tecumseth                                                                       603,115
Town of Wasaga Beach                                                                        516,040
Town of The Blue Mountains                                                                 148,523
County of Grey                                                                                      619,680
County of Simcoe                                                                               3,866,447
Total                                                                                                   6,954,704
 
In making the announcement Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing said, “Our government continues to adapt and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as it evolves, and we know our municipalities are on the front lines of this effort. We need the federal government to join us and provide our municipal partners with the additional support they deserve."
 
The provincial investment builds on the $1.39 billion in operating funding that was provided to Ontario municipalities through the joint federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement. The second phase of that 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. “I encourage our federal partners to step forward with additional investments as all three governments work together to protect people’s health and jobs.”
 


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