Published: April 5, 2022 @ 2:15 p.m.
The Safe Restart Agreement was a federal investment of more than $19 billion to help provinces and territories safely restart their economies affected by the global pandemic. New Brunswick received $41 million under the municipalities stream of the agreement.
The Town was engaged with the provincial government for each phase of the Safe Restart funding.
Phase 1: This phase was for communities with transit systems, therefore the Town was not eligible.
Phase 2: The Town contacted the Province and provided the information in the table below per the following formula. The Province considered this an application. The funding formula used by the Province was:
Total additional COVID-19 Related Expenses
+ Total COVID-19 Related Losses
– Total COVID-19 Related Savings
= Net COVID-19 Impact (Savings)
|Expenses, Losses and Savings: Phase 2|
COVID-19 Related Expenses
|Signage, Shields, PPE, Vehicle Rentals||$43,053|
|Total COVID-19 Related Expenses||$43,053|
Total COVID-19 Related Losses
|Losses (Town had no losses)||$0.00|
|Total COVID-19 Related Losses||$0.00|
COVID-19 Related Savings
|Casual Employees and Cancellation of events/programs||$67,099|
|Total COVID-19 Related Savings||$67,099|
Net COVID-19 Impact (Savings)
Both Town Administration and the Province realized that Grand Bay-Westfield would not be receiving funding due to the net savings. The relevant report went to the former Council to receive and file on December 14, 2020.
Phases 1 and 2 of the Safe Restart funding took place under the term of office of the former Council.
Phase 3: This phase was based on the Province’s surplus disbursement from the federal government and was distributed to municipalities on a per capita basis, with no application process required. The Town received $269,475.46 during the fall of 2021.
Complete funding details for all three phases, including how much each local government received in Phase 3, is available online.
For more information, view the Government of New Brunswick news release dated February 28, 2021 titled Local Governments to receive $28 million in Safe Restart funding here.