Ottawa announced the Safe Reboot Agreement in July, released in September, and must protect public health and safety, prepare for future waves of COVID-19 and continue to support the safe reopening of economies. St. John`s, NL – Newfoundland and Labrador municipalities are pleased to learn that $27.4 million in safe restart funds are moving to communities in the province. The federal government released its response yesterday on the Safe Restart Agreement for NL and other provinces and territories. The federal government is contributing $2 billion to Canadian municipalities with covid-10 operating costs as a result of this agreement. To support the recovery of the economy, the Government of Canada will invest $4.05 billion in the purchase of PSA for national distribution to the provinces and territories, $500 million to support the purchase of PSA for the non-health sector and $3 billion directly in the provinces and territories for previous and planned psa investments. To facilitate future procurement, provinces and territories will regularly share relevant PPE data with the Canadian government. As part of this agreement, our government will regularly share test data for supply and procurement with the Canadian government to ensure that all levels of government coordinate their efforts to combat the virus. To contribute to the pan-Canadian data management framework, additional priorities and support are being considered for the development and/or modernization of public health data management systems in the provinces. These aids may include investments in: integrated data management software for household management; Integrated vaccination software; modernized vaccines and software for critical equipment inventory; Support for implementation and change management and the ability of human resources to coordinate and implement all aspects of public health data management requirements. The Government of Canada will provide $700 million to support the capacity of health systems to respond to a possible future wave of COVID-19.
An additional $500 million will cover immediate needs and gaps in assistance and protection for people facing mental health, drug or homelessness challenges. This investment will help ensure the safety and health of Canadians with the health benefits they need. Canadians have been well served by the strong and collaborative efforts of Prime Ministers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. All Premiers reaffirm their commitment to this approach while continuing to address their shared priority of the well-being and safety of all Canadians. The $27.4 million in safe start-up funding is distributed on a per capita basis to all municipalities. Like many other legal systems, the child care sector in Newfoundland and Labrador has faced significant challenges as a result of the pandemic. Maintaining regulated child care supports economic stability at the local, provincial and national levels, while supporting gender equality, poverty alle with poverty and early child participation in the labour market. This will be critical to reviving Newfoundland and Labrador`s economy. As a result of this agreement, the province will take a number of steps to support this critical sector. As part of this ongoing cooperation, I am pleased to accept additional federal funding to address critical needs over the next six to eight months under the Safe Restart Agreement.