VICTORIA — The provincial government says it is matching $1 billion in federal government money to address the impacts of COVID-19 and help restart the economy.
Premier John Horgan says in a news release the funding will secure some of B.C.’s share of the federal government’s $19-billion “Safe Restart” plan for the country.
New from BC Gov: $1 billion additional spending for #covid19 recovery for transit. This follows the feds announcement last week of matching funding for provinces.#bcpoli @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/sVAUpqD77v
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It says the money will support local governments and transit operators that have revenue shortfalls created by the pandemic.
Finance Minister Carole James says the federal government’s restart program also includes funds to support health care, child care, vulnerable populations and a sick leave program.
James introduced the supplementary estimates in the legislature Wednesday for up to $1 billion to fund the province’s portion of municipal and transit services help, depending on the outcome of further federal cost-share discussions.
James announced last week that B.C. forecasted budget had gone from a surplus to an expected deficit of $12.5 billion because of the pandemic.
Horgan has said the province expects at total $2.2 billion in federal transfers to B.C. under the federal agreement.