City Of Windsor Receives $19 Million Toward COVID-19 Budget Gap

Monday March 8th, 2021

Posted at 9:57am

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The City of Windsor has received millions to support budget gaps caused by COVID-19.

They received $5.1 million from the Municipal Relief Fund – Phase 2, $6.1 million from Safe Restart – Public Transit Phase 3 and $8.1 million in Provincial COVID-19 Financial Relief for Municipalities funding.

As a result, the 2021 City of Windsor estimated municipal financial shortfall associated with managing through the ongoing emergency has been reduced from an anticipated $38 million to about $19 million.

The city says that over the course of the next few months, administration will continue to look for internal cost savings to further mitigate the ongoing COVID-19 financial pressures.

Since the passage of the 2021 municipal budget, additional COVID-19-related pressures continue to impact the $38-million estimate, including, amongst others, the establishment of the temporary emergency shelter at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre, requirements for rapid testing at Huron Lodge, and other expenses.

“Within the last week, we received letters from Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney and then another from Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing Steve Clark providing millions towards the City of Windsor’s pandemic budget deficit. We always knew that funding would be provided in small individual grants – we just didn’t expect the Province of Ontario to respond this quickly! We still have at least an $19-million deficit to mitigate, and the City of Windsor is committed to doing its part to find further internal savings, but we will likely still need further support from the federal government,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens.

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