The Ford government is providing an additional $500 million to help municipalities address ongoing COVID-19 operating costs.
The government says the funding will help ensure the delivery of critical services and keep capital projects on track.
Over $17 million of that will flow to the region:
- $7.2 million for the Region of Waterloo
- $4.8 million for the City of Kitchener
- $2.4 million for the City of Cambridge
- $2.3 million for the City of Waterloo
- $446,000 for Woolwich Township
- $391,000 for Wilmot Township
- $180,000 for North Dumfries
- $165,000 for Wellesley Township
"Our government continues to adapt and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as it evolves, and we know our municipal partners are on the front lines of this effort — providing the critical services people depend on every day," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "Our municipalities have been clear that they need ongoing operating funding in 2021, and it's important that we step up and provide more financial relief. At the same time, we need the federal government to join us and provide our municipal partners with the additional support they deserve."
The funding is being allocated based on a combination of a base amount using Municipal Property Assessment Corporation household data and an amount based on the proportion of provincial COVID cases (from January 1, 2021 to February 18, 2021) in the municipality's respective Public Health Unit.