Ontario Provides Additional Support for Mississauga and Peel During COVID-19Published on March 04, 2021
Nearly $45 million in financial relief will help ensure the delivery of critical services and keep capital projects on track in the City of Mississauga and Region of Peel
MISSISSAUGA — The Ontario government is providing $20,260,017 to the City of Mississauga, and $24,618,471 to the Regional Municipality of Peel, to help address ongoing COVID-19-related operating costs. The new financial relief will help ensure the delivery of critical services during the pandemic, and keep capital projects on track.
“Our municipalities are on the frontline every day, protecting Ontarians and delivering essential services that will be key to our economic recovery,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. “We have supported them since the beginning of the pandemic, and we are announcing $45 million in new provincial funding today to ensure that the City of Mississauga and Region of Peel can continue to deliver critical services when people need them most.”
“We are a government that listens,” said Sheref Sabawy, MPP for Mississauga-Erin Mills. “Ontario’s funding is being prioritized to help municipalities hardest hit by the pandemic, and to better serve Mississauga and lead the province on the path to economic recovery.”
“The government of Ontario remains committed to its municipal partners across the province to help them provide essential services to residents throughout the pandemic,” said Natalia Kusendova, MPP for Mississauga Centre. “This generous funding for Peel and Mississauga will ensure that local residents will continue to have access to the programs and resources that they need as we continue to vaccinate Ontarians and look toward the end of this pandemic.”
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.
“Our government understands and recognizes the significant struggle faced by the municipalities due to COVID-19,” said Deepak Anand, MPP for Mississauga-Malton. “The $20.3 million and $24.6 million provided to the City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel, respectively, to offset lost revenue and increased operational costs will ensure efficient, high-quality services for all, and let our residents have access to the critical services they need and deserve during these troubling times.”
“This latest funding demonstrates our government’s ongoing commitment in supporting local communities hardest hit by the pandemic,” said Nina Tangri, MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville. “Our municipalities provide critical services to their communities, and this funding will provide stability and ensure that frontline services can continue being delivered.”
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.
“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.”
“Municipalities are important partners in the fight against COVID-19,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board. “We know the global pandemic has created significant financial challenges for communities across the province. That’s why we have been there with support from the very beginning. I encourage our federal partners to step forward with additional investments as all three governments work together to protect people’s health and jobs.”
- The government will provide its next update on Ontario's finances and the government's plan to continue the fight against COVID-19 in the 2021 Budget, to be delivered no later than March 31, 2021. The 2021 Budget will build on the $45 billion in support set out in Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover to continue protecting people’s health and supporting Ontario’s economy through COVID-19 and beyond.
- Ontario is also supporting municipalities in finding budget savings and efficiencies through the Audit and Accountability Fund and Municipal Modernization Program.
- Municipal allocations for additional funding to support ongoing COVID-19 operating costs
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- Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from COVID-19
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