The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is providing urgently needed emergency assistance to Ontario's 444 municipalities.
Richmond Hill will receive in September $4,131,900 of funding to address municipal operating pressures related to the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the first round of emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement. There could be additional funds.
Ontario secured up to $4 billion in emergency assistance for municipalities through the Safe Restart Agreement, which gives them the support and flexibility they need to protect the health and well-being of their communities, while continuing to deliver critical public services as the province continues on the path of renewal, growth and economic recovery.
MPP of Richmond Hill Daisy Wai: “I am so proud that our Provincial Government understands the difficulties that Municipalities are facing and is delivering emergency assistance. It is essential for Richmond Hill so that we can protect the health and wellbeing of our residents”
The response from Mayor Dave Barrow was, "The municipal operating funding is crucial to ensure the City continues to provide the services that make Richmond Hill a great place to live. In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the City took measures to ensure the safety and well-being of the Richmond Hill community. Over the past five months we closed facilities, cancelled programs and events and closed park amenities to help keep our residents safe. These closures and our gradual reopening have had a significant impact on the City’s finances.The funding announced today will greatly contribute to our efforts to mitigate the increased costs and ensure the pandemic doesn’t result in significant tax increases for residents and businesses in the future. COVID-19 has also had a negative financial impact on residents and businesses. That’s why we’ve offered tax relief and we’re supporting the local economy with our Recover Richmond Hill Action Plan to ensure businesses thrive and jobs remain in our City. This community has done a great job fighting COVID-19 and we must continue to do so, together. It is critical we continue to wear our masks, maintain physical distancing, wash our hands and do everything we can to stay safe and healthy while we adapt to a changed world. By working together, we are getting through this."