MPP Anand Announces More Financial Relief for Mississauga and Peel Region

Published on December 16, 2020

Funding will help ensure local governments avoid operating deficits in 2021

MISSISSAUGA — Today, Deepak Anand, MPP for Mississauga-Malton announced that the City of Mississauga will receive an additional $20,968,000 and the Region of Peel will get $20,568,000 in Safe Restart Agreement funding. The discretionary funding will be used to offset operating costs for critical services and help ensure that Mississauga and the Region of Peel do not carry an operating deficit into 2021.

“This funding will provide our community with the support it needs to continue delivering critical services that we all rely on everyday,” said MPP Anand. “Today’s announcement will help Mississauga and Peel develop a 2021 budget that reflects the reality of COVID- 19 and give them the confidence they need to proceed with capital projects that will drive economic growth.”

 The Ontario government is allocating an additional $695 million across the province to provide financial relief for municipalities and help ensure they do not carry operating deficits into 2021.This investment builds upon the first phase of the federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement announced this summer.

 “This joint funding will help Ontario’s municipalities recover from the impacts of COVID- 19 faster, by helping them to enter into 2021 without operating deficits from this year,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “By ensuring our municipal partners are in a sound financial position to begin the new year, they can better focus on keeping their capital projects on track while continuing to provide the critical services their residents rely on.”

Of the $695 million announced today, $299 million is being allocated across all 444 municipalities to help provide more financial relief, as 2021 operating budgets are finalized. An additional $396 million is also being allocated to 48 municipalities that have been hardest hit by COVID-19 and who have demonstrated a need for additional assistance in covering their 2020 operating deficits.

QUICK FACTS

  • The federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement is a historic partnership that secured up to $4 billion in emergency funding for Ontario’s municipalities tohelp them on the road to a safe
  • In August, an initial investment of $1.6 billion was provided so every Ontario municipality could address their operating pressures, support transit systems and help vulnerable
  • The Ontario government has provided $510 million to municipalities and Indigenous community partners through the Social Services Relief Fund tohelp protect the health and safety of vulnerable people during COVID-19.
  • The province has made an additional three-year, $45-billion commitment to help communities recover as part of Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover. This includes critical investments in health and other initiatives, to ensure Ontario is more resilient in the
  • Ontario is also supporting municipalities in finding budget savings and efficiencies through the Audit and Accountability Fund and Municipal Modernization Program -- supporting municipalities with third-party audits and service reviews. Municipalities have already received $215 million through these programs.

QUOTES

  • “We continue to protect and support different municipalities that have been affected by COVID-19. This funding will provide financial relief and ensure municipalities' stability as we continue to work with all government levels,” said Natalia Kusendova, MPP for Mississauga-Centre.

  • “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,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore.

  • “Our government continues to support, and assist our municipalities, as they go through the COVID-19 pandemic” said Sheref Sabawy, MPP for Mississauga-Erin Mills. “This funding will enable the municipalities continue their social services during and post the pandemic which is critical for the relief of families, as we all work hand-in-hand with municipalities for the health and safety of Ontarians.”

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

MEDIA CONTACT:

 

Sonia Benjamin

Special Advisor – Communications, Office of MPP Deepak Anand sonia.benjamin@pc.ola.org / 905-696-0367