Ontario Provides Additional Support for Waterloo Region’s Local Governments During COVID-19

Published on March 04, 2021

Financial relief will help ensure the delivery of critical services and keep capital projects on track



March 4, 2021


WATERLOO REGION — The Ontario government is providing $18,058,694 to help the Region of Waterloo and 7 local municipalities address ongoing COVID-19-related operating costs. The new financial relief will help ensure the delivery of critical services during the pandemic and keep capital projects on track.


“This $18 million in financial relief for Waterloo Region’s local municipalities will ensure they can continue to deliver the critical services we rely on everyday and keep long term capital projects on track,” said Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris. “As I have since the beginning, I will work with my municipal counterparts to provide the support they need to maintain their day to day operations and deliver on projects to drive forward economic recovery”.


Township of North Dumfries


Township of Woolwich


Township of Wellesley


Township of Wilmot


City of Waterloo


City of Kitchener


City of Cambridge


Region of Waterloo



Today’s announcement is part of the province’s $500 million investment to help ensure the stability of Ontario’s 444 municipalities as they plan for the year ahead. The funding is being prioritized to help municipalities hardest hit by the pandemic and can be used for things like personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and by-law enforcement.


“Our government continues to adapt and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as it evolves, and we know our municipal partners are on the front lines of this effort – providing the critical services people depend on every day,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Our municipalities have been clear that they need ongoing operating funding in 2021, and it is important that we step up and provide that support so our municipal partners can continue to deliver the services Ontarians rely on each and every day.”


This provincial investment builds on the $1.39 billion in operating funding that was provided to municipal partners through the joint federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement. The second phase of the Safe Restart Agreement was allocated to all Ontario municipalities in December, to ensure that no community entered 2021 facing an operating deficit from 2020.


“We are grateful to our provincial partners for the additional support for our community as we work to support residents through the pandemic, maintain high-quality regional services, and roll out an unprecedented vaccination program. We look forward to continue working with the Government of Ontario to meet the needs of Waterloo Region residents,” said Region of Waterloo Chair Karen Redman.

“Residents and businesses have relied on municipalities like the City of Kitchener to provide essential services such as the fire department, maintenance of roads and trails, and the provision of clean and safe drinking water throughout the pandemic,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “We are thankful for this new funding of $4.8 million for the City of Kitchener from the Province of Ontario, and are grateful that the Province continues to work with and support municipalities during this pandemic.  As we continue in our collective fight against COVID19, it is when all orders of government work together, that we will continue to best support our residents and businesses get through this pandemic.”

“Municipalities are important partners in the fight against COVID-19,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board. “We know the global pandemic has created significant financial challenges for communities across the province. That’s why we have been there with support from the very beginning. I encourage our federal partners to step forward with additional investments as all three governments work together to protect people’s health and jobs.”


“The Township of Woolwich appreciates the continued support from the Provincial government and is proud of the successful collaborations that we have accomplished in these extraordinary times.  This highlights that we are all in this together and this funding will allow the Township to continue to provide critical services without undue burden to our residents,” said Woolwich Mayor Sandy Shantz.


“The Township continues to experience significant financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 service disruptions. This funding shows continued commitment from our Provincial partners and will help offset some operating losses across several municipal service areas. A key pillar of our corporate strategy is responsible governance and fiscal responsibility; this funding will help to keep Wilmot in a financial position that will allow us to offer the critical services our community needs,” said Wilmot Mayor Les Armstrong.



Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from COVID-19