Ontario Government Helping Local Municipalities with Emergency Funding

Assistance will help ensure delivery of transit and public services during COVID-19

August 12, 2020

Oakville North-Burlington – MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos today announced that the Ontario Government, in cooperation with the federal government, will be providing emergency assistance to municipalities in Ontario under the Safe Restart Agreement. The support will come in two streams: one for municipal supports and one for transit, with each delivered in two phases. The funding can be used to provide immediate relief from transit pressures, such as lower ridership, as well as for new municipal costs due to COVID-19, such as enhanced cleaning and masks for staff.

Ontario has secured up to $4 billion in emergency help for local governments through the agreement with Ottawa. In Oakville North-Burlington, the funding for our municipalities in Phase 1 of the program is as follows:

  MUNICIPALITYMunicipal Funding Phase 1Transit Funding Phase 1Total Phase 1  
Halton Region$12,613,500N/A$12,613,500

Quote from MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos

  • 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.
  • In Phase 2, up to $695 million in additional funding will be available for municipalities that have COVID-related financial impacts that exceed the initial per household allocation provided under Phase 1.
  • The government is also providing over $660 million in the first phase of transit funding to the 110 municipalities with transit systems. 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.
  • Funding for the Safe Restart Agreement is shared 50/50 between the provincial and federal governments
  • Ontario had previously provided 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.
  • The government’s total Social Services Relief Fund investment provided to municipalities $510 million, and builds on our COVID-19 Action Plan to Protect Vulnerable Ontarians.