Winnipeg mayor to address report on financial health of municipalities during pandemic

By | April 23, 2020

WINNIPEG — Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman is set to hold a news conference to address a new report from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).

The mayor is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m. at Winnipeg City Hall. CTV News Winnipeg will live-stream the event.

On Thursday, the FCM, an advocacy group representing municipal governments in Canada, released a report outlining the financial impacts facing municipalities due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The FCM is asking Ottawa to deliver $10 billion in “targeted emergency operating funding” to all local governments, and also to provide immediate advance payments to municipalities facing “emergency liquidity issues.”

This week, the City of Winnipeg announced cuts to transit routes, resulting in the temporary layoffs of 253 staffers.

The city is also predicting a budget shortfall of at least $78.1 million if the pandemic is over by August.

This is a developing news story. More details to come.

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