The Town of Amherstburg will receive up to $568,400 as part of the first round of emergency funding being distributed by the senior levels of government under the Safe Restart Agreement.
All of Ontario’s 444 municipalities will share in up to $1.6 billion in first-round funding and, ultimately, as much as $4 billion will be distributed to Ontario municipalities reckoning with the financial impacts of COVID-19.
About $695 million in emergency funding is expected to flow to municipalities in the autumn “to help address municipal operating pressures related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said a government release.
The funding is being allocated on a per household basis. Including money earmarked specifically for transit, more than $27 million will be distributed to Windsor, Essex County, Amherstburg and the other six regional municipalities.
Up to $695 million in additional funding will available in the next phase to eligible municipalities who have “provided the province with information on their estimated COVID-19 related” financial pressures.
“Municipalities are on the front lines of a safe restart to our economy,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a release. “That’s why we’re working with Ontario, and all the provinces and territories, to ensure communities have the support they need to help Canadians through the next phase of this crisis.”