The Government of Manitoba will ensure critical funding to municipalities remains intact during the unprecedented economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Brian Pallister announced.
“As Manitobans, we are all facing tough times and I want to make one thing very clear – we are committed to maintaining our funding to municipalities as promised in Budget 2020,” said Pallister. “This is in spite of unprecedented financial pressure on the provincial government, but we want to provide certainty to municipalities to help maintain critical essential services such as emergency personnel.”
The province provides a total of $172.6 million in operating funding to municipalities as well a total of $137 million in municipal infrastructure funding.
Following Wednesday’s release of Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap to Recovery, the premier hosted a series of socially-distanced meetings and tele-conferences to discuss the front-line fight against the pandemic with municipal leaders from across Manitoba.
Full details on the plan are available at www.manitoba.ca/restoringsafeservices and businesses with questions on restoring their services should visit https://engagemb.ca/.
Maintaining critical funding to municipalities is one of the ways the provincial government continues to directly support Manitoba communities. In March, the province announced nearly $8 million in one-time funding for spring flood preparedness projects in 83 municipalities.