Ontario is providing municipalities with an extra $500 million to help keep their costs under control during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We recognize the strain put on municipalities by COVID-19 and are we are taking action to support our Northwestern cities and towns to ensure they can continue to provide vital services to residents,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora–Rainy River.

Ontario says funding amounts are based on municipal property and population data, as well as an amount based on the proportion of provincial COVID-19 cases between January 1 and February 18. The City of Toronto received the highest amount in the province at $164,006,045.

“This additional $670,000 in funding for Kenora–Rainy River municipalities will go a long way in guaranteeing that no community is beginning 2021 with an operating deficit.”

Funding amounts for northwestern Ontario include:

The City of Kenora – $228,640
The City of Dryden - $108,701
Town of Fort Frances - $116,152
The Municipality of Machin - $29,889
The Township of Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls - $43,862
The Municipality of Sioux Lookout - $76,082
The Municipality of Red Lake - $67,056

"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's important that we step up and provide more financial relief. At the same time, we need the federal government to join us and provide our municipal partners with the additional support they deserve."

These funds are in addition to the $1.39 billion provided to municipalities last year through the Safe Restart Agreement between the provincial and federal governments.

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