Hamilton gets $45 million from province

News Aug 12, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Ontario is providing Hamilton with nearly $45 million in coronavirus pandemic relief, in the first phase of what municipalities hope will be further help to offset coronavirus-related spending.

The funding, announced Aug. 12 by Premier Doug Ford, is part of the province’s $1.6-billion package for municipalities to help cover coronavirus-related expenses. The funding includes $660 million to support transit systems.

The transit funding is to cover costs for enhanced cleaning, masks for staff and other expenses.

“The funding will provide Hamilton with the support it needs to protect the health and well-being of the people of Ontario, while continuing to deliver critical public services," said Donna Skelly, the Progressive Conservative MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook.

The province is contributing $1.22 million for municipalities, with the federal government chipping in with $777 million.

As well, $2 billion in transit funding will be split equally between the provincial and federal governments.

The federal contribution is coming from the $7 billion Ottawa promised to the province as part of its pandemic relief package.

Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger, along with other municipal leaders across the province, has warned that they were in dire financial straits because of unexpected spending and loss of revenue due to the pandemic. Eisenberger has talked about possible tax increases and service cuts to manage an expected $60-million deficit this year and the expectation that it could jump to $122 million next year.

Tax scenarios presented to councillors in June by finance staff had possible increases of anywhere from seven to nearly 14 per cent on households.

“Not only are we facing an immediate fiscal challenge,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger in June, “but we are facing 2021 and 2022 as challenges because transit is not going to come flying back the way it has in the past; the economy is not going to turn on a dime.”

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario said the funding represents an “important investment in communities in every part of our province and in Ontario’s economic recovery.”

In September, Ontario municipalities will receive $695 million in Phase 1 funding that will be allocated on a per-household basis and be shared 50/50 between upper- and lower-tier municipalities.

“This funding is essential as municipalities continue to deliver transit, emergency services, public health, child care, housing and social services,” said Region of Waterloo regional chair Karen Redman, who is also chair of the Mayors and Regional Chairs of Ontario.

Hamilton to get $45 million from Ontario to cover coronavirus pandemic-related costs

News Aug 12, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Ontario is providing Hamilton with nearly $45 million in coronavirus pandemic relief, in the first phase of what municipalities hope will be further help to offset coronavirus-related spending.

The funding, announced Aug. 12 by Premier Doug Ford, is part of the province’s $1.6-billion package for municipalities to help cover coronavirus-related expenses. The funding includes $660 million to support transit systems.

The transit funding is to cover costs for enhanced cleaning, masks for staff and other expenses.

“The funding will provide Hamilton with the support it needs to protect the health and well-being of the people of Ontario, while continuing to deliver critical public services," said Donna Skelly, the Progressive Conservative MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook.

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The province is contributing $1.22 million for municipalities, with the federal government chipping in with $777 million.

As well, $2 billion in transit funding will be split equally between the provincial and federal governments.

The federal contribution is coming from the $7 billion Ottawa promised to the province as part of its pandemic relief package.

Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger, along with other municipal leaders across the province, has warned that they were in dire financial straits because of unexpected spending and loss of revenue due to the pandemic. Eisenberger has talked about possible tax increases and service cuts to manage an expected $60-million deficit this year and the expectation that it could jump to $122 million next year.

Tax scenarios presented to councillors in June by finance staff had possible increases of anywhere from seven to nearly 14 per cent on households.

“Not only are we facing an immediate fiscal challenge,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger in June, “but we are facing 2021 and 2022 as challenges because transit is not going to come flying back the way it has in the past; the economy is not going to turn on a dime.”

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario said the funding represents an “important investment in communities in every part of our province and in Ontario’s economic recovery.”

In September, Ontario municipalities will receive $695 million in Phase 1 funding that will be allocated on a per-household basis and be shared 50/50 between upper- and lower-tier municipalities.

“This funding is essential as municipalities continue to deliver transit, emergency services, public health, child care, housing and social services,” said Region of Waterloo regional chair Karen Redman, who is also chair of the Mayors and Regional Chairs of Ontario.

Hamilton to get $45 million from Ontario to cover coronavirus pandemic-related costs

News Aug 12, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Ontario is providing Hamilton with nearly $45 million in coronavirus pandemic relief, in the first phase of what municipalities hope will be further help to offset coronavirus-related spending.

The funding, announced Aug. 12 by Premier Doug Ford, is part of the province’s $1.6-billion package for municipalities to help cover coronavirus-related expenses. The funding includes $660 million to support transit systems.

The transit funding is to cover costs for enhanced cleaning, masks for staff and other expenses.

“The funding will provide Hamilton with the support it needs to protect the health and well-being of the people of Ontario, while continuing to deliver critical public services," said Donna Skelly, the Progressive Conservative MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook.

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The province is contributing $1.22 million for municipalities, with the federal government chipping in with $777 million.

As well, $2 billion in transit funding will be split equally between the provincial and federal governments.

The federal contribution is coming from the $7 billion Ottawa promised to the province as part of its pandemic relief package.

Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger, along with other municipal leaders across the province, has warned that they were in dire financial straits because of unexpected spending and loss of revenue due to the pandemic. Eisenberger has talked about possible tax increases and service cuts to manage an expected $60-million deficit this year and the expectation that it could jump to $122 million next year.

Tax scenarios presented to councillors in June by finance staff had possible increases of anywhere from seven to nearly 14 per cent on households.

“Not only are we facing an immediate fiscal challenge,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger in June, “but we are facing 2021 and 2022 as challenges because transit is not going to come flying back the way it has in the past; the economy is not going to turn on a dime.”

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario said the funding represents an “important investment in communities in every part of our province and in Ontario’s economic recovery.”

In September, Ontario municipalities will receive $695 million in Phase 1 funding that will be allocated on a per-household basis and be shared 50/50 between upper- and lower-tier municipalities.

“This funding is essential as municipalities continue to deliver transit, emergency services, public health, child care, housing and social services,” said Region of Waterloo regional chair Karen Redman, who is also chair of the Mayors and Regional Chairs of Ontario.