Jul 28, 2020
By Jane Brown
Toronto’s mayor says he’s hopeful the city will receive the full $1.3 billion in pandemic relief funding that’s been requested.
“I’m optimistic that a big part of our problem will be resolved with these funds,” John Tory said after the official announcement was made by Premier Doug Ford on Monday.
The premier says the agreement reached with the federal government provides $4-billion for Ontario municipalities hard hit by COVID-19.
“That’s $4-billion to support homeless shelters, women’s shelters, food banks, public health and transit,” Doug Ford explained.
In all, the Ontario government is set to receive $7-billion as part of the feds’ Safe Restart Agreement.
“This is a historic level of support that’s being provided during unprecedented times,” declared Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips.