North Bay will be receiving over $4 million from the province as part of Ontario’s Safe Restart Agreement.
In addition to the $2.9 million in provincial grants, the city will also be receiving over $1.2 for its transit service.
Tanya Vrebosch, Deputy Mayor of North Bay, says that she and the city are welcoming the support.
“We’re very appreciative of the provincial and federal governments, especially our local representatives, Vic Fedeli and Anthony Rota for the relief funding announcement today,” Vrebosch said. “Right now we’re looking into the details and we are very hopeful and positive moving forward.”
Vic Fedeli issued a statement outlining the grant money.
“Our government is listening and has heard the needs of our municipalities,” Fedeli’s statement reads. “This funding will provide municipalities with the support they need to protect the health and well-being of the people of Ontario while continuing to deliver critical public services, such as transit and shelters, as the province continues down the path of renewal, growth and economic recovery.”
Vrebosch says that the provincial grant will be key in addressing the issues that have come up with the pandemic.
“From right now from our standpoint, we’re going to be facing a deficit. This will alleviate those pressures,” she said, adding that she and staff will be looking into how they will be allowed to spend the money before making any final decisions on what it will go towards.
North Bay is anticipating a deficit of $1.7 million by the end of the year based on figures from the end of June. The transit system alone is expecting a revenue deficit of over $1- million. A third projection report will be presented to council in the fall to provide figures from the summer months.