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The Pallister government has agreed to spend $33 million on transit across the province, which will allow it to access the same amount in federal funding.
It means municipalities across Manitoba will share $66 million for transit.
Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman said Wednesday he was looking forward to hearing from the province on how the money will be divvied up.
In July, he said he hoped the province would spend that transit cash based on each municipality’s population.
The funding is part of a $19.8-billion pot of money set aside by the federal Liberals to help provinces and territories cover expenses incurred due to the pandemic.
Information released Wednesday shows $12.9 billion will be administered by provinces, of which Manitoba will receive $418 million "to support critical needs over the next six to eight months."
The finalized funding allocations correspond with the request by the Pallister government that was outlined in a July memo. At that point, the province wasn’t sure whether it would take the transit cash, which required it to match funding.
As requested, Manitoba will receive $109 million for contact tracing and data management, $109 for personal protective equipment, and $24 million for child care.
Not all the federal funding will go to the provinces; for example, a $1.1-billion fund will be set aside for sick pay. Canadians will be paid to take two weeks of sick leave if they suspect they have COVID-19.
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