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City receives $351,000 in government pandemic relief

Prince Township also received $20,000 of the $695 million to be allocated to municipalities across the province
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Sault MP Terry Sheehan speaks at the Sault Ste. Marie Port of Entry official opening, Aug. 15, 2018. Darren Taylor/SooToday

The City of Sault Ste. Marie will receive $351,000 as part of the federal government's Safe Restart Agreement, MP Terry Sheehan announced in a press release issued this morning.

Prince Township received $20,000 of the $695 million to be allocated to municipalities across the province. 

In September 2020, the federal government announced it was providing the government of Ontario with over $776 million in funding, matched by the province, to support municipalities during the pandemic. 

In total, over $5 billion was transferred to the government of Ontario to help keep people safe and healthy through the second wave.   

“I am very glad to see this announcement addresses and resolves the very real concerns of the municipalities during these unprecedented times," said Terry Sheehan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedNor. "Our government remains committed through the SRA funding that the Province needed to allocate and this money will ensure these municipalities enter 2021 without an operating deficit.”

“The economic consequences of the pandemic response have been significant and municipalities need support from our government partners to continue to serve our communities," Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Christian Provenzano said. "The financial assistance from the Government of Canada is important and it has been significant. I want to recognize and thank the government accordingly.”

”On behalf of Prince Township and all the other municipalities we are very grateful for the financial help the Federal Government has given us through this hard time dealing with the Covid virus," Ken Lamming, Mayor of Prince Township said. "Our MP Terry Sheehan has been outstanding in the work he does and is much appreciated.”