Municipalities have experienced significant financial impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are providing operating funding support to municipalities through the Municipal Operating Support Transfer (MOST). This funding is provided as part of the Safe Restart Agreement.
This program will support municipalities by funding incremental costs and reduced revenues associated with the pandemic and actions taken in response to it.
- $436 million will be shared by all municipalities in Alberta based on their population, including $10 million reserved for the tourism communities of Banff, Jasper and Canmore.
- $140 million will be shared by municipalities with public transit systems based on annual ridership statistics.
- $30 million was previously allocated to municipalities as part of the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) Operating program, with greatly expanded flexibility for the use of this year’s program funds.
Municipalities and Metis Settlements are automatically eligible for MOST, and only need to sign a simple funding agreement to access their funds. No applications are required.
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