Tired of Waiting: MNL calls on federal and provincial government for emergency operating funds now.

 

June 17, 2020, St. John’s – Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) is calling on the federal and provincial government to commit to emergency operating funding for municipalities, now. MNL kicked off a letter-writing campaign this week to the Prime Minister to pressure a response.

“Municipal leaders are tired of waiting to hear about whether there will be operational assistance,” said MNL President Sheila Fitzgerald. “Our members are losing money. Many of them do not anticipate being able to balance their 2020 budgets and they can’t run a deficit.”

In April, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) called on the Federal Government to provide at least $10 billion nationally in emergency operational funding to municipalities. Federal announcements included accelerated 2020-21 gas tax funding transfers and $14 billion in provincial-territory funding for economic restarts. This is not the operational funding that municipalities requested. Gas tax funds are not new money and are for infrastructure investments only. The restart funds are still without details.

The financial impacts of COVID-19 on municipalities here are significant and ongoing. Larger municipalities are losing millions of dollars. Many of our smaller municipalities are still uncertain as to what the actual financial implications are and will be. They may not know until September.

Revenue losses will mean cuts and the potential for tax increases. Municipal leaders are exploring where cost reductions can occur.

“As MNL president, I urge you to write to your Prime Minister, to your MPs, MHAs and ministers to ensure that our municipalities – the communities in which we live, work and play – get the operational support that they need. We need our members, residents, partners and the business community to write,” said President Fitzgerald.

 

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Contact Us:
Deatra Walsh – Director of Advocacy and Communications
Cell: 709-986-2771 l email: dwalsh@municipalnl.ca

Gail Woodfine – Communications and Public Relations Coordinator
Cell: 709-725-1440 l email: gwoodfine@municipalnl.ca

MNL mailing address:
79 Mews Place, St. John’s, NL  A1B 4N2