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Statement by Mayor Eisenberger on first round of COVID-19 emergency funding for municipalities

HAMILTON, ON - In partnership with the federal government, the Province of Ontario today released the first round of emergency operating funding for municipalities as part of the Safe Start Agreement.

For Ontario municipalities, the agreement will provide up to $4 billion in funding from the provincial and federal governments. This funding is essential as municipalities continue to deliver public services including transit, public health, child care, housing and social services during the COVID-19 emergency.

I am pleased to share that as part of the first round of funding, Hamilton will receive $27,614,200 under the Municipal Funding Relief and $17,211,723 for transit bringing our funding total to $44,825,923.

Municipalities including Hamilton that have experienced greater financial impacts arising from the pandemic can apply for second phase funding.

On behalf of the City of Hamilton, I would like to thank Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Ford for listening to municipalities during this unprecedented time and working together to deliver this funding needed to maintain critical services. I look forward to continuing to work alongside all orders of government to support our long and short-term economic recovery.