Safe Restart Agreement Details

«The plans to implement the federal agreement on a safe reboot with the provinces and territories, released today, confirm the critical support given to municipalities affected by a financial crisis in this pandemic. This agreement recognizes cities and municipalities as key partners, from the emergency pandemic response to the full national recovery. Funding for the agreement will also support Ontario`s ongoing efforts to quickly manage files and track contacts to contain homes and continue to meet our goal of reaching new cases within 24 hours of receiving a positive result. Ontario will continue to build staffing capabilities (including the recruitment of federal in-kind contact tracking officers) and support infrastructure (including laboratory capacity, procurement, centralized data systems) so that we can adequately prepare for a possible increase in the number of cases in the fall. Ontario will need the federal government`s help to ensure that we can access some stocks of reagents and tests and exchange relevant information about Ontario`s supply needs. The agreement will also directly support Canadian workers, including safe child care, to help parents return to service. It will also provide income assistance for people without paid sick leave and will take steps to protect the most vulnerable, such as Canada`s seniors. Ontario municipalities are receiving a total of $2 billion in assistance to deal with municipal operating pressures, social services such as emergency shelters and food banks, and the exceptional public health and public safety costs resulting from the management of the COVID 19 pandemic. Transit agencies in Ontario will receive up to $2 billion to meet the real financial pressures associated with COVID-19.

The Canadian government is committed to ensuring that Canada has the resources it needs to revitalize the economy safely while protecting the health of Canadians. In partnership with the provinces and territories, federal efforts will focus on seven priorities to meet the immediate needs of Canadians over the next six to eight months. As part of this ongoing cooperation, I am pleased to accept additional federal funding and partner as a full-fledged financial partner in key areas to support critical needs over the next six to eight months through the Safe Restart Agreement, which, including de facto federal spending, will provide more than Ontario`s $7 billion to support front-line health care and municipalities. These investments will help protect public health and safety, prepare for potential future waves of the virus, and continue to support the safe reopening of economies across Canada. Municipalities in Newfoundland and Labrador have been committed to operational support since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in March. «Our members report significant deficits for fiscal year 2020 and report unanticipated spending related to COVID-19, including PPE, increased disinfection, technology and signage,» Fitzgerald added. «These funds will help our members keep residents safe, prepare for future waves of COVID-19 and support the safe reopening of the local economy.» OTTAWA, ON, October 9, 2020 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada continues to work with the provinces and territories to ensure that there are essential supports to continue to protect the health and safety of all Canadians and ensure jurisdictions have what they need to gradually and securely revitalize their economies. «For months, FCM and its members have been actively supporting municipalities.

We have made it clear that there can be no economic recovery without addressing the local financial crisis first.

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