Trudeau promises to spend $2.2 billion in funding for strapped cities

Cheryl Sanders
June 1, 2020

He said that the more we can control the spread of the virus the more we can reopen, and that every province and territory will have its own approach.

"We need to do better", he said. "But doing more needs to happen hand-in-hand with the provinces who have jurisdiction over municipalities".

Trudeau said today's announcement is a start and that there is more to be done to support cities, specifically more funding.

At a June 1 press conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed ongoing protests and riots in both Canada and the US, emphasizing the fact that anti-Black racism (and racism directed at other communities) is prevalent in Canada and must be fought.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities, a national lobby group, asked the federal government in April for C$10-15 billion in emergency funding over the next six months to help cover revenue drops and added costs from the coronavirus pandemic. They can't run deficits like their provincial and federal counterparts, so they need to come up with a way to get money to keep their cities running. The fund provides direct transfers to municipalities from the federal government, circumventing provincial governments.

"From coast to coast to coast, Canadians are feeling the economic impacts of COVID-19, while they do what they can to protect the health and safety of their families and communities", said Trudeau in a statement. Tory told CP24 on Monday.

Singh said Canadian police need more "de-escalation" training so routine police stops don't turn deadly for racialized Canadians.

The Liberals say spending to date under their $186-billion infrastructure program has created some 52,000 projects, although Giroux said he only has information to account for about 33,000.

Meanwhile, as protests have popped up in major Canadian cities, there have also been incidents of looting and property damage.

"We've asked the department and we have been able to find information for 33,000 of these projects".

"If I knew, sir, I would have a different answer to that question". "I publicly invite Mr. Ammar to call me", he said.

Citing the cash shortfall facing municipalities across Canada and the resulting cuts to services, Mr. Singh said at a Monday news conference on Parliament Hill that what's needed is "direct financing to support municipalities in this crisis".

Trudeau said he is "very concerned" about funding levels for municipalities. "That needs to be the focus of help to municipalities".

More than 600 local governments receive money through the fund annually. Miller says the first wave seems to be subsiding but a second round of outbreaks is just as risky.

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