Brampton mayor wants to know who’s going to pay for provincial vaccine mandate enforcement

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Published September 22, 2021 at 11:16 am

With the provincial vaccine mandate coming into effect today, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown is concerned about who is going to pay for it.

Speaking at his weekly news conference, broadcast live on the city’s Facebook page, Brown said municipalities are expected to enforce the regulations, but haven’t received any funding to support that.

“I want to underline, with this new provincial vaccine policy, a lot of the costs and responsibilities for enforcing it fall on local authorities,” said Brown.

“There are going to be costs for Peel police, there are going to be costs for the bylaw department, for the public health inspector, and those resources have yet to be allocated.”

At last week’s city council meeting, Brampton councillors passed a resolution calling on the province to ensure resources are made available to municipalities.

“During the federal election, Prime Minister Trudeau promised a billion dollars for the provinces to implement a proof of vaccine policy, and I just have to say that some of that needs to come to municipalities.”

Brown said more than half of Brampton bylaw work is currently COVID-19 related and that number will only rise.

“This is a huge new workload that is being put on the backs of municipalities and it starts today. The actual work on the ground is being done by police, bylaw and Public Health inspectors.”

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