Safe ReStart Agreement II: $1,894,000 for Municipalities

Published on December 16, 2020

Today, MPP Smith announced that all municipalities in Peterborough-Kawartha will be receiving an additional $1,984,000 in funding.

Peterborough — Today, Dave Smith, MPP for Peterborough-Kawartha announced $1,894,000 in Safe Restart Agreement funding. The discretionary funding will be used to offset operating costs for critical services and help ensure that municipalities in Peterborough-Kawartha do not carry an operating deficit into 2021.


“This funding will provide not only the city but all of the townships surrounding the Peterborough community with the supports needed to continue delivering critical services that we all rely on everyday,” said MPP Dave Smith. “The timing of this announcement coincides with the budget process of our largest municipality and it is my sincere hope that this will help persuade Peterborough Council to consider reducing the municipal tax increase from the 2.99% that council endorsed to the 2.85% that staff originally recommended,” MPP Smith added.


The Ontario government is allocating an additional $695 million across the province to provide financial relief for municipalities and help ensure they do not carry operating deficits into 2021.This investment builds upon the first phase of the federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement announced this summer.


“This joint funding will help Ontario’s municipalities recover from the impacts of COVID-19 faster, by helping them to enter into 2021 without operating deficits from this year,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “By ensuring our municipal partners are in a sound financial position to begin the New Year, they can better focus on keeping their capital projects on track while continuing to provide the critical services their residents rely on.”



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  • The federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement is a historic partnership that secured up to $4 billion in emergency funding for Ontario’s municipalities to help them on the road to a safe recovery.
  • In August, an initial investment of $1.6 billion was provided so every Ontario municipality could address their operating pressures, support transit systems and help vulnerable people.
  • The Ontario government has provided $510 million to municipalities and Indigenous community partners through the Social Services Relief Fund to help protect the health and safety of vulnerable people during COVID-19.
  • The province has made an additional three-year, $45-billion commitment to help communities recover as part of Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover. This includes critical investments in health and other initiatives, to ensure Ontario is more resilient in the future.
  • Ontario is also supporting municipalities in finding budget savings and efficiencies through the Audit and Accountability Fund and Municipal Modernization Program -- supporting municipalities with third-party audits and service reviews. Municipalities have already received $215 million through these programs.