Earlier today, I met with fellow Mayors from the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) to urge provincial and federal governments to provide relief for municipalities as we face unprecedented economic challenges due to COVID-19.
LUMCO Mayors, including myself, are grateful for the leadership and collaboration demonstrated by the provincial and federal governments to support residents and businesses during the pandemic. We continue to work together to prioritize the health and well being of our residents and businesses, and to support those who are most vulnerable to the virus and its many physical, mental, and financial impacts.
Municipalities are working tirelessly to deliver the critical services that residents rely on in the face of plummeting revenues and increasing costs.
Ontario’s big city mayors support the approach proposed by the Ontario government to provide immediate financial relief to municipalities for COVID19-related expenses and lost revenues, in a manner similar to other programs already fully funded by the Governments of Canada and Ontario to support individuals and businesses throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
On May 8, LUMCO mayors proposed the following three-phased approach to enable cities to recover from the COVID-19 crisis:
1. Relief: Immediate financial relief for municipalities facing fiscal pressure as a result of reduced revenues, with a focus on addressing the projected $415 million revenue loss from April to June in transit systems that serve LUMCO municipalities
2. Recovery: A comprehensive recovery plan to address COVID19-related impacts for municipalities as they work to reopen the economy, and
3. Reform: A longer-term partnership agreement between municipalities and the federal and provincial governments to re-align capital and service delivery responsibilities with sustainable revenue streams for the future.
You can read the full letter sent today here: May 14 2020 LUMCO to PM and Premier re COVID funding resolution.
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