Fort St. John will receive $3.7 million in economic recovery funding from a federal package to help cope with COVID-19.
“This amount will be directly transferred to your local government in the coming days,” wrote Kaye Krishna, deputy minister for the provincial ministry of municipal affairs, in a Nov. 2 letter to the city.
The federal government announced in July it was sending $19 billion in funding to the provinces and territories to help refuel their economies during the pandemic. The program included $2 billion earmarked to support municipal operating costs for a six- to eight-month period.
Eligible costs for the funding include revenue shortfalls, facility reopening and operating costs, emergency response costs, bylaw enforcement, fire and police services, and aid for vulnerable persons.
It's not typically the federal government's role to fund municipal operating budgets.
Fort St. John is currently facing a $2.8 million deficit for this year.
— with files from The Canadian Press
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