Ontario Provides Additional Support for York Region During COVID-19Published on March 05, 2021
Financial relief will help ensure the delivery of critical services and keep capital projects on track
NEWS March 5, 2021
Markham — The Ontario government is providing $31,474,969 to help the Regional Municipality of York, the City of Markham and the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville 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.
Allocation of regional funding:
- The Regional Municipality of York - $21,129,902
- City of Markham - $8,994,111
- Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville - $1,350,956
“Today’s announcement of $8,994,111 for Markham and $1,350,956 for Whitchurch-Stouffville will come as very good news for our municipal governments as they work to budget for new and unexpected expenses related to COVID-19,” said Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham-Stouffville.
“Today’s announcement is great news for York Region and the City of Markham. Strong communities are the foundation of a strong Ontario. Through this provincial funding of $21,129,902 for York Region and $8,994,111 for the City of Markham, it will help them continue to deliver critical services and keep capital projects on track,” said Billy Pang, MPP for Markham-Unionville.
“One of the challenges of COVID-19 is increased operational costs for our municipal partners. This new funding of $21,129,902 million for the Regional Municipality of York and $8,994,111 million for the City of Markham will help provide critical services to the residents of our community and continue to provide them once the pandemic is over,” said Logan Kanapathi, MPP for Markham-Thornhill.
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 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.
“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.”
“Our government knows that Ontario’s municipalities are on the frontlines of the province’s COVID-19 response every day and are going above and beyond to support the health and safety of Ontarians,” said Christine Elliott, MPP for Newmarket-Aurora. “This additional funding for Newmarket, Aurora, and all of York Region will ensure our municipal partners can continue to provide the critical services their communities rely on at a time when they are needed most."
“This funding for the Town of Aurora is exciting news,” said Michael Parsa, MPP for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill. “Our local communities are important partners in the fight against COVID-19. These additional funds will help to support the Town of Aurora and the residents of York Region through these difficult times.”
“Today’s announcement of $894,656 for East Gwillimbury and $1,572,988 for the Town Georgina reflects the reality of COVID-19 in their communities and will give them the confidence they need to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 faster and help them continue vital services that are needed now more than ever.”
Caroline Mulroney, MPP for York-Simcoe
“Our government is proud to be providing much-needed supports to our local municipalities, so that individuals and families across York Region, including right here in Vaughan-Woodbridge, have access the services and supports they depend on each and every day. With the COVID-19 pandemic, our local governments have been forced to adapt to a situation that has been rapidly and constantly evolving. Our government will continue working collaboratively with Ontario’s municipalities, so that we can fight and defeat this deadly virus.”
Michael Tibollo, MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge
“Premier Ford is committed to getting York Region back on track! Investing over $21 million back into the community will create jobs and stability as municipalities plan for the year ahead.”
Daisy Wai, MPP for Richmond Hill
- 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.
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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.
MPP Billy Pang, Markham-Unionville
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