The Minister of the Mauricie region, Jean Boulet, announces financial assistance of $ 19,875,343, funded equally between the governments of Quebec and Canada, which will be granted to 43 municipalities in the region.
With this assistance, municipal governments will be able to directly cover their expenses caused by the pandemic, such as cost increases related to public safety, building adaptations, the operation of municipal day camps and democratic processes in municipalities. (municipal councils, partial and general elections).
This support also aims to compensate for the loss of municipal income, such as income from permits, duties on real estate transfers, fines and penalties and parking.
“We have heard the appeal of the municipalities of Mauricie. With this help, we come to support them to get through this difficult period. The sums awarded may be used to compensate for lost income as well as to cover several expenses that were not foreseen. This could, by the same token, contribute to economic recovery, ”says Boulet.
For each municipality, the amount of aid was determined using a mixed approach that takes into account two factors, namely the demographic weight and the impacts of the pandemic.
This aid can be used by each municipality, both in 2020 and 2021, at its convenience.
“In the County of Champlain, the municipalities of the MRC de Mékinac and the MRC des Chenaux, as well as the City of Trois-Rivières, have made enormous efforts to comply with the rules in recent months. Elected officials and municipal employees have been able to adapt and have worked hard in this difficult context. It is therefore obvious that the municipalities needed a financial boost and I am happy that today our government is announcing this assistance which will, without a shadow of a doubt, be welcome in Champlain ”, adds Sonia. LeBel, Member of Parliament for Champlain and President of the Conseil du trésor.