More than $70-million dollars is being distributed to municipalities on a per capita basis from the Saskatchewan government for further pandemic relief efforts.
On Wednesday, Government Relations Minister Lori Carr announced that Saskatchewan’s portion of the federal Safe Restart Canada Plan for municipal governments, is approximately $70.32 million.
The funds will be distributed immediately.
“As Saskatchewan returns to a new normal, this is another important investment to help municipalities and their residents weather the storm,” Carr said in a release on Wednesday. “This funding will support efforts to protect health and safety, prepare for potential future waves of COVID-19, and facilitate the safe re-opening of economies.”
Of the amount, $62.26-million will be granted in general municipal support on a per capita basis, while $8.07-million will be allocated to municipal public transit support for the four cities with transit systems, based on ridership. Quickly and efficiently, the amounts will start to be distributed immediately so municipal leaders can funnel dollars to areas of highest local priority.
The ministry will be contacting all municipalities directly with details about their specific allocation.