Ontario Premier Doug Ford is encouraging mayor and councillors across the province today.

"People are ready to get back to work, ready to build what we have lost," he said, in a virtual message to mayors this morning. 

Ford was offering encouragement to delegates, who are gathering online for the annual meeting of municipal leaders.

"I always tell you, when we have these meetings, I've walked a mile in your shoes. I've been on the front lines, each step of the way. Thanks to your hard work, all of the province has now entered into Stage 3," he continued in his message this morning.

Last week, Queen's Park announced close to $1 million for the City of Kenora to help offset lost revenues associated with the pandemic, while Dryden received close to $450,000 and Sioux Lookout close to $325,000.

The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is providing up to $4 billion in urgently needed one-time assistance to Ontario's 444 municipalities. Municipalities will be provided with up to $1.6 billion, as part of the first round of emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement.

This funding will help municipalities protect the health and well-being of the people of Ontario, while continuing to deliver critical public services, such as public transit and shelters, as the province continues down the path of renewal, growth and economic recovery.

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Premier Doug Ford's remarks at the AMO 2020 Annual Conference