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Ontario municipalities are receiving a total of $2 billion in assistance to deal with municipal operating pressures, social services such as emergency shelters and food banks, and the exceptional public health and public safety costs resulting from the management of the COVID 19 pandemic. Transit agencies in Ontario will receive up to $2 billion to meet the real financial pressures associated with COVID-19. The common management of the local financial crisis is that cities and municipalities can continue to provide security and protection of services, especially against a possible second wave. It is also about ensuring that they are ready to support the recovery that Canadians deserve. While municipalities are still facing difficult decisions, this agreement, since the beginning of this pandemic, offers financial facilities over a period of 6 to 8 months. Premiers believe that these funds must be used quickly to protect the health and safety of our citizens and to make a real contribution to the recovery of the economy. In this case, appropriations for all priorities are transferred directly to Ontario pursuant to Section 60.2 (2) b) of the Federal Financial Administration Act. This one-time transfer is in addition to a September transfer for the second tranche of trial funding and is with the exception of the federal Pan-Canadian Sick Leave program and federal operating expenses for testing, contact tracking, data management and PSA. To support the recovery of the economy, the Government of Canada will invest $4.05 billion in the purchase of PSA for national distribution to the provinces and territories, $500 million to support the purchase of PSA for the non-health sector and $3 billion directly in the provinces and territories for previous and planned psa investments. To facilitate future procurement, provinces and territories will regularly share relevant PPE data with the Canadian government. As we enter the fall and the world continues to face the effects of COVID-19, the Canadian government continues to focus on keeping Canadians safe and healthy, while continuing to ensure they have the help they need during this global health and health crisis. The Government of Canada will provide $700 million to support the capacity of health systems to respond to a possible future wave of COVID-19. An additional $500 million will cover immediate needs and gaps in assistance and protection for people facing mental health, drug or homelessness challenges.

This investment over the next six to eight months will help preserve the safety and health of Canadians with the health support they need and should be recognized as a first step towards longer-term discussions on health funding. Ontario looks forward to a discussion with you and all other premiers on the adequacy and sustainability of public health funding through the Transfer of Health Canada. OTTAWA, ON, October 9, 2020 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada continues to work with the provinces and territories to ensure that there are essential supports to continue to protect the health and safety of all Canadians and ensure jurisdictions have what they need to gradually and securely revitalize their economies.

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