City of Timmins Receives Additional COVID-19 Relief Funding 
The Government of Ontario has announced that the City of Timmins will receive $596,622.00 in additional funding through the 2021 COVID-19 Recovery Funding for Municipalities program.  The funds are designed to assist with COVID-19 operating costs required to address the continuing pandemic into 2021.  

“This funding is imperative to help ensure delivery of critical services as we continue to address COVID-19 concerns.  It will also be used to keep capital projects that are a priority on track and lessen the impact of the pandemic on City operations.  I would like to thank Minister Clark of Municipal Affairs and Housing on behalf of the Government of Ontario for listening to our concerns at the local level and responding to our needs,” said Mayor George Pirie.

The amount is part of the provincial government’s overall commitment of another $500 million to help the province’s 444 municipalities.  The amount allocated for the City of Timmins was based on the number of COVID-19 cases in the Porcupine Health Unit between January 1, 2021 and February 18, 2021. Funds will be received in two equal instalments beginning as early as May 1, 2021.

“This funding is critical in allowing municipalities to continue to provide the same level of service pre-pandemic and continue to move forward with our capital plan with no additional impact to the taxpayer,” said Director of Finance Natalie Moore.  “Any current or future financial impacts that municipalities are facing is offset with this funding, which is why we are so appreciative that the Government of Ontario has come through.  This ensures that we don’t have to look at cuts or draw down our reserves to cover possible deficits.” 

The additional funding builds on provincial government support under the 2020 Safe Restart Agreement and Social Services Relief Fund and is a key step in ensuring Ontario’s economic recovery.
Posted by Lisa Greer On 3/4/2021 at 2:40 PM  

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