ONTARIO SUPPORTING MISSISSAUGA AND PEEL REGION WITH $74 MILLION IN EMERGENCY FUNDINGPublished on August 12, 2020
Assistance will help ensure the delivery of critical public services during COVID-19
MISSISSAUGA — The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is delivering on its commitment to provide urgently needed emergency assistance to Ontario's 444 municipalities. The City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel will receive funding to address municipal operating pressures related to the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the first round of emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement.
Ontario secured up to $4 billion in emergency assistance for municipalities through the Safe Restart Agreement, which gives them the support and flexibility they need to protect the health and well-being of their communities, while continuing to deliver critical public services as the province continues on the path of renewal, growth and economic recovery.
"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," said Premier Ford. "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."
As part of this first round of funding, the City of Mississauga will receive over $46 million (including over $31 million to support transit operations), and the Region of Peel will receive almost $28 million.
"This historic agreement will provide almost $74 million in immediate relief for the City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel, to help address the most urgent local impacts of the COVID-19 crisis," said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. "We recognize that the success of our municipalities is key to Ontario's economic recovery, and we will continue to work with our municipal and regional partners to understand the full financial impact of COVID-19, and to ensure that they have the funding they need to deliver critical services."
"We have been working hard every day to make sure we provide relief to those who were affected as a result of COVID-19," said Sheref Sabawy, MPP for Mississauga-Erin Mills. "Mississauga City council has asked for help from the Ontario Government and the Mississauga MPPs, and today we are delivering with an unprecedented relief. We will continue working hand-in-hand with our municipal partners and the Region of Peel to ensure they can emerge stronger than ever and keep Mississauga taxes low."
"This total investment of over $46 million for the City of Mississauga and nearly $28 million for the Region of Peel will help our municipalities continue to deliver the services our residents rely on," said Nina Tangri, MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville. "Our public transit system will play a crucial role in returning people to work and this additional specific funding will ensure reliable and frequent service for our communities."
"I am ecstatic that Mississauga is receiving such generous support from our government during these unprecedented times," said Natalia Kusendova, MPP for Mississauga Centre. "This funding will ensure that our municipal counterparts are well-equipped to deal with difficulties stemming from the pandemic, and that residents of Mississauga are able to access services they have come to depend on without issue."
"The transit funding received through the Safe Restart Agreement is vital for our community; as Mississauga-Malton is a residential and employment zone for many. This will not only increase productivity, but also reduce stress as our province reopens and people head back to work," said Deepak Anand, MPP for Mississauga-Malton.
In September, Ontario’s 444 municipalities will receive $695 million in Phase 1 funding for municipal operating pressures. This funding will be allocated on a per household basis and would be shared 50/50 between upper- and lower-tier municipalities. Up to $695 million in additional funding will be available through Phase 2 for municipalities that have COVID-related financial impacts that exceed the initial per household allocation provided under Phase 1.
In addition to the support for municipalities, the government is providing over $660 million in the first phase of transit funding to the 110 municipalities with transit systems. The funding can be used to provide immediate relief from transit pressures, such as lower ridership, as well as for new costs due to COVID-19, such as enhanced cleaning and masks for staff. In the second phase, additional allocations will be provided based on expenses incurred to ensure the funding meets the needs of municipalities. As part of the Safe Restart Agreement with the federal government, up to $2 billion is being provided to support public transit in Ontario.
The government is committed to working in partnership with municipalities to ensure they can emerge stronger than ever and help lead Ontario’s economic recovery.
- The federal Safe Restart Agreement provides $19 billion to Canadian provinces and territories to help ensure a strong recovery and support frontline health care, families, and communities. Across all streams of federal investment, the Safe Restart Agreement provides over $7 billion in funding and in-kind supports to Ontario.
- The agreement provides up to a total of $4 billion in funding to the province’s 444 municipalities.
- The province is making a contribution of 50 per cent to the municipal supports and transit funding available through the Safe Restart Agreement, with the federal government contributing the other 50 per cent.
- Ontario is also providing municipal service managers and Indigenous housing partners an additional $212 million under the Social Services Relief Fund to help protect vulnerable people from COVID-19. This investment can help them protect homeless shelter staff and residents, expand rent support programming and create longer-term housing solutions. This brings the government’s total Social Services Relief Fund investment provided to service managers and Indigenous program administrators to $510 million, and builds on our COVID-19 Action Plan to Protect Vulnerable Ontarians.
- Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario government has worked with municipalities to provide them with the tools and supports they need, including enabling them to hold virtual council and local board meetings, and temporarily extending expiring development charge bylaws to ensure they could continue to collect this vital source of revenue.
- Joint Communiqué ― Safe Restart Agreement
- Learn more about A Framework for Reopening our Province
- Provide your input on the economic impacts of COVID-19
- See how your organization can help fight COVID-19
- Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from COVID-19
Office of Sheref Sabawy, MPP