Burlington received more than $20 million from province for COVID-19 costs


Published June 30, 2022 at 4:27 pm

The City of Burlington received more than $20 million from the provincial government to help offset the costs of COVID-19 since 2020.

The numbers will be officially presented at Monday’s Corporate Services, Strategy, Risk and Accountability Committee meeting in a report from the City manager’s office.

“The full financial impact of the pandemic will not be clear until the end of 2022 and beyond,” says the report, authored by Sheila M. Jones executive director, Strategy, Risk and Accountability.

“Through the monthly COVID verbal updates, the chief financial officer provided council and the community with the current known impact on revenues and expenditures.”

As safe restart funding became available from the province, the City made two applications and was successful in receiving a total of $20,495,985 — $14,633,054 under the Operating Pressures stream and $5,862,931 for Public Transit stream.

In 2020 and 2021, $17,036,441 of the safe restart funding was used with the remaining $3,459,544 to be used in 2022.

The money was used for a myriad of purposes, including the city going to virtual meetings and beefed up safety and sanitation procedures.

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