The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) and its eight municipalities, the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry and the Township of North Glengarry are so far receiving a combined $7,191,584 through the Safe Restart Agreement, which is a partnership between the Ontario and federal governments to provide up to $4 billion in one-time assistance to Ontario’s 444 municipalities. The current $1.6 billion first round of emergency funding is intended to help municipalities protect the health and well-being of their residents while continuing to deliver critical public services amid province-wide economic recovery.
“This first round of funding will address the most urgent needs of our communities, ensuring critical services like transit and shelters are there when people need them most,” said Premier Doug Ford.
This fall, all municipalities across Ontario will receive $695 million in Phase 1 funding to help address municipal operating pressures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will be allocated based on the number of households in each municipality and would be shared 50/50 between regional and lower-tier municipalities.
Among the municipalities in the UCPR, Champlain Township will receive 247,700. Alfred and Plantagenet Township will receive $265,200 and $308,400 is being given to La Nation Municipality. The Town of Hawkesbury will receive $319,800 and $91,900 will go to the Township of East Hawkesbury. The City of Clarence-Rockland will receive $607,400 and $403,800 will go to Russell Township.
The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry will receive $1,762,300. The Township of North Glengarry itself is receiving $295,200.
“Municipalities are on the front lines of a safe restart to our economy,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding the announcement.
“The success of Ontario’s municipalities is vital to our province’s economic recovery,” said Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Member of Provincial Parliament Jim McDonell, who is also Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
The Ontario government is also providing over $660 million in the first phase of transit funding to the 110 municipalities with transit systems. The funding can be used to provide immediate relief from transit pressures, such as lower ridership, as well as for new costs due to COVID-19, such as enhanced cleaning and masks for staff.
The only local municipality to receive public transit funding in the announcement is Russell Township, which will receive $55,184.
“Ontario’s public transit systems are critical to supporting the economy and getting people where they need to go as the province gradually reopens,” said Associate Minister of Transportation, Kinga Surma.
Ontario is also providing municipal service managers and Indigenous housing partners with an additional $212 million under the Social Services Relief Fund to help protect vulnerable people from COVID-19. This investment can help them protect homeless shelter staff and residents, expand rent support programming, and create longer-term housing solutions.