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Collingwood gets piece of $500M pie served by province today

In the latest round of municipal funding for COVID relief, Collingwood comes away with nearly $500K
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Collingwood will receive another $482,430 in COVID-relief funding from the province in the latest round of funding announcements. 

This morning (March 4) the Ontario minister of municipal affairs and housing, Steve Clark, announced $500 million split up across the 444 municipalities in the province to help keep services and projects “on track.” 

The funding is in addition to the $1.39 billion on operating funds allocated to municipalities through the joint provincial-federal Safe Restart Agreement. 

The latest round of funds, like previous iterations, is to be used to offset the impact of COVID-19 on municipal budgets. 

In today’s case, the funding was prioritized for municipalities “hardest hit” by COVID-19. The allocation formula included a base amount based on property assessment and an amount based on the proportion of provincial COVID-19 cases from Jan. 1 to Feb. 18, 2021 reported in the local health unit. 

In August 2020, the Town of Collingwood received $754,000 for municipal operating costs in the first phase of the Safe Restart grant program. 

At the same time, the town also received $161,328 from the same program for transit operating costs. 

In December, the town received another $566,000 from the program. 

Also included in today’s announcement are the following funds for surrounding municipalities: 

  • Simcoe County: $3,866,447
  • Grey County: $619,680
  • Clearview Township: $244,460
  • Wasaga Beach: $516,040
  • The Blue Mountains: $148,523
  • Grey Highlands: $100,984

For a full breakdown of the $500 million funding announcement, click here.

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Erika Engel

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