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QUEEN’S PARK — MPP Mike Schreiner sent the following letter to the Premier, asking the province for a Municipal Response Plan to give municipalities urgent financial relief to deal with COVID-19.

The recommendations include:

  1. Restoring the previous funding formula for public health;
  2. Providing a $350 million operating grant to cover the operating costs of municipal-run long-term care homes;
  3. Restoring provincial funding for community housing;
  4. Increasing emergency stabilization funding for shelters, food banks and other non-profits;
  5. Fast-tracking funding for already approved infrastructure projects;
  6. Creating a multi-billion dollar active transportation fund for municipalities;
  7. Restoring the previous funding formula for child care;
  8. Funding 50% of local transit operating costs for municipalities;
  9. Doubling the municipalities’ share of gas tax funding; and 
  10. Allowing municipalities to implement new revenue generating tools, including road tolls, parking levies and land value taxation

Full letter and recommendations here. 

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