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Region receives over $3M from province to fund services during pandemic

It's part of a $148 million province-wide announcement
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Regional headquarters. Blair Adams/KitchenerToday

The Ford government is providing the Region of Waterloo with over $3.3 million to help with costs adding up due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funds can be used by municipalities, as well as social services on homeless shelters, food banks, emergency services, and even on purchasing more personal protective equipment.

Ultimately, it will be up to the region to decide how the funds are distributed.

"This support will provide the Region of Waterloo with needed capital to make sure critical support services are continued and expanded during this crisis," Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris said in a release. 

"I join with others to applaud the community organizations and individual volunteers who are stepping up for those most in need right now." he added.

On Thursday, Region of Waterloo Public Health reported 12 new cases of COVID-19, raising the total to 129.

There have also been two deaths related to the virus this week.

During an appearance on Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke on 570 NEWS on Friday, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark said they wanted to give municipalities some extra money for anything they may need.

“We wanted to make sure that the people on the front line, in terms of housing and shelter, had an injection of dollars while they were waiting for some of the other federal programs to kick in.”

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