Today my fellow Halton Mayors, Halton Regional Chair, and I released a statement calling on the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario to provide immediate additional funding for cities and towns as we continue to deal with COVID-19. Local Oakville-North Burlington MP Pam Damoff and Milton MP Adam van Koeverden signed on in support as well.
Municipal revenues have been devastated as a result of this pandemic, with lost revenue in key areas like transit and recreation programs, property tax deferrals, and lost fee-based services that cannot take place due to the closure of our city halls.
Additional health and safety expenses related to our emergency response have arisen and will continue to grow as we reopen, and costs continue for the ongoing delivery of essential services despite reductions we have all made in staffing and non-essential spending.
Municipalities are not legally permitted to run deficits, and in these challenging financial times with so many of our residents facing lost jobs and our local businesses facing lost revenues, we will not look to pass these costs on to our struggling taxpayers.
Monday’s announcement by Prime Minister Trudeau to provide accelerated delivery of federal gas tax funding is a start, but more is needed to enable us to continue to serve and strengthen our communities as we move forward together.
Read the full statement here: Joint Statement from Halton Region’s Elected Representatives June 3.
PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages burlington.ca/coronavirus (and subscribe) and bit.ly/mayormeedwardCOVID19updates, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — bit.ly/COVID19BurlingtonFAQ that are updated as new information becomes available.
A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at burlington.ca/COVID19taskforce.
To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.
We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to bit.ly/covidwallofinspiration.
HELPFUL RESOURCES & RELATED LINKS:
- Community questions and requests regarding City of Burlington services can be directed to Service Burlington by phone at 903-335-7777, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online.
- For further COVID-19 information, including where to get tested, please visit Halton Region Public Health halton.ca/coronavirus
- Residents can stay informed at burlington.ca/coronavirus as well as on our social media channels: @cityburlington on Twitter and facebook.com/cityburlington
- Questions about the cancellation of Recreation programs can be directed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-335-7738
- City of Burlington: www.burlington.ca/coronavirus
- Resources for Residents & Non-Profit Organizations: www.burlington.ca/covid19resources.
- Halton Region: www.halton.ca/coronavirus
- Government of Ontario: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
- Provincial Emergency Orders: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200052
- Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus
- World Health Organization: www.who.int
- Joseph Brant Hospital: josephbranthospital.ca/covid-19
- Team Burlington Business Supports: burlingtonchamber.com/team-burl-supporting-burl-business-during-covid-19/
- Burlington Food Bank: call 905-637-CARE (2273), or visit burlingtonfoodbank.ca
- Food for Life: call 905-635-1106 and press 7, or visit foodforlife.ca
- Canadian Mental Health Association – Halton Branch: call 289-291-5396, or visit halton.cmha.ca