The Town of Whitecourt will be receiving grant money to help cover costs the Town has incurred this year due to COVID-19.
Town Council motioned this week to execute a Memorandum of Agreement with the province for the Municipal Operating Support Transfer (MOST), that would allow the Town to receive an allocated $1,038,247.00 from the provincial and federal governments.
The MOST grant was first announced to Council by MLA Martin Long on September 28th and it’s to support municipalities that have experienced significant operating impacts due to COVID-19.
Mayor Maryann Chichak says Council applauds the governments for recognizing municipalities during these challenging times.
Chichak says the funds will be transferred to the town’s general operating system to cover some of the COVID-19 costs from the last few months. Some of the losses the town has incurred came from the closures of recreational facilities, sportsfields, and tourism facilities, the cancellation of events, and from putting measures in place to allow for social distancing. With the money, the town will also look into possibly restarting some initiatives they had to cancel or put on hold when the pandemic hit.
Town Council is also looking into their eligibility to receive funding from the MOST grant under the public transit stream and will ask the province for more information.