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COVID-19 - Council approves additional community relief measures

Tonight, London City Council approved additional community relief measures for Londoners and businesses.

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, Londoners and businesses continue to experience a number of challenges caused by the global pandemic, and by the restrictions that are currently in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. To help ease some of the pressure posed by these restrictions, Council approved nine additional measures that would provide immediate support to individuals, with a focus on London’s most vulnerable, and businesses.

Measures that would offer support to individuals include a London Good Food Box program and Harvest Bucks Contribution program, a housing stability bank program, and a rent deferral program for tenants of City-owned properties. As well, measures to support low income Londoners include closing the digital divide for students and families by expanding the Rogers Connected for Success program to London Middlesex Community Housing tenants and providing support to explore expanding the program to additional low income households to support online access key resources. Council also approved coordinating the delivery of fresh, healthy food to people who are under quarantine or self-isolating.

To support business, Council approved the extension of payment terms to 60 days for City of London invoices issued to customers in the months of May, June and July, as well as flexibility in loading, unloading and delivery times.

“This is an unprecedented situation that continues to have wide-reaching ramifications across all aspects of our society,” says Mayor Ed Holder. “London families and businesses are counting on all levels of government to work closely together to address the financial impacts of COVID-19. We have responded by acting quickly, with the best interests of Londoners and businesses in mind, to identify local measures to provide immediate relief.”

Work to launch these measures will begin immediately. Additional information about each initiative will be provided when plans to implement them have been completed.

Additional ongoing efforts have been put in place to further support the community and mitigate impacts on the organization. These include, advocacy efforts with other levels of government, spending restraints across the organization, allocation of assessment growth only to urgent essential growth-related projects and reviews of capital projects and reserve fund contributions.