Municipal Finance: Pressures and Potential Policy Solutions for Canadian Cities in the Time of COVID-19
with Enid Slack
COVID-19 has challenged cities across the country like never before. Cities have adapted to respond to the needs of their residents and proven themselves as invaluable partners to the provincial and federal governments in the fight against the virus. But many cities – particularly those with transit systems – also face significant budget shortfalls, putting at risk their ability to deliver essential services and to contribute to the COVID-19 recovery. How has COVID-19 impacted municipal finances? What do municipal governments from coast to coast need to build back stronger after COVID-19? How can we address and overcome the constraints and barriers that have historically limited effective intergovernmental and inter-sectoral collaboration?