September 09, 2020

Saskatchewan Provides an Additional $70 Million to Municipalities

Funds To Be Immediately Shared With Municipalities To Support Key Pandemic Relief Efforts

Today, Government Relations Minister Lori Carr announced that Saskatchewan’s portion of the federal Safe Restart Canada Plan for municipal governments, approximately $70.32 million, will begin to be distributed immediately to all compliant Saskatchewan municipalities.

“As Saskatchewan returns to a new normal, this is another important investment to help municipalities and their residents weather the storm,” Carr said.  “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.

This federal funding was matched by $150 million dollars announced previously from the Government of Saskatchewan in the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program.

Additionally, this summer, the province fast-tracked a record breaking $278 million in Municipal Revenue Sharing.  Annual, no-strings attached funding was paid directly to municipalities to support local priorities and recovery efforts.

The ministry will be contacting all municipalities directly with details about their specific allocation.