Mayors across the province have been badly hit during the last few months and this week they must heave a sigh of relief as Premier Doug Ford announced $4 billion in funding from the province and federal government Monday that’s meant to support Ontario municipalities and transit systems in the wake of COVID-19.
The money will be used to support shelters, food banks, public health, and transit systems, the province says.
Up to $2 billion will also be allocated to public transit, also shared equally between the province and federal government.
“Half of the funding being announced today will support our critical municipal transit systems,” said Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney in a news report.
The money will help fund transit agencies who have seen 90 per cent fewer riders and added costs for cleaning, said Mulroney.
“This funding will help ensure transit services continue to be there so people can get where they need to go as our province reopens and people return to work,” she said.
The province says investments will also be made in “testing, contact tracing and data management.”