Statement from Mayor Walter Sendzik regarding Safe Restart Agreement funding
August 12, 2020 – Mayor Walter Sendzik is extending thank you to the federal and provincial governments in the wake of the first round of emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement.
The Ontario government, in partnership with the Government of Canada, announced municipalities in Ontario will receive up to $1.6 billion as this part of this phase of funding. The City of St. Catharines will receive $3.6 million in municipal funding and $3.8 million in transit funding. A second round of funding will be available as part of a second phase to eligible municipalities after providing the province with information on their estimated COVID-19 related financial pressures.
“This is very positive news for front-line City services and operations, as well as transit in our community. This funding is critical to support a safe and effective restart as possible for the City of St. Catharines,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik. “Thank you to the Province of Ontario and Government of Canada for providing this funding and helping us mitigate the financial impacts of COVID-19. The City will be reviewing the allocations and how it will support our operating budget and the St. Catharines Transit Commission.”
Mayor Sendzik said he looks forward to working with the provincial and federal governments on the future phase of funding, as the City continues to wrestle with the continued impacts of COVID-19.
“This is just the start – one that assists us as we continue to look at the budget for the upcoming year,” added Mayor Sendzik. “We aren’t out of the woods yet, however. There is still much uncertainty ahead as we continue down the path with this unprecedented public health crisis.”
As the City continues to safely and gradually reopen services and amenities, the mayor stresses there is still much work ahead. City staff and the City’s budget committee will continue to look at opportunities to support residents and businesses wrestling with the impact of the pandemic.
“We will continue to work hard to find savings and efficiencies where possible,” Councillor Mat Siscoe, chair of the City’s budget committee. “There’s no playbook on this recovery effort, but we will continue to be innovative in our approach to balance public safety and support for the community – providing the vital services they depend on, and ensuring our city continues to thrive.”