GTA mayors urge provincial and federal governments to help pay for ice storm costs

Greater Toronto Area mayors and council members came together Friday to ask the provincial and federal governments for millions of dollars to help with the cleanup costs from last month’s ice storm.

Ontario Municipal Affairs Minister Linda Jeffrey was at Friday’s meeting to hear from the municipalities and address their recommendations. Jeffrey says it could take months to review the figures but she believes Friday’s meeting was a good start.

Toronto faces an estimated $106 million in cleanup costs, and for the GTA it is an estimated $250 million. The mayors say they would like the provincial and federal governments to cover one-third of this cost, as property tax alone can’t cover the recovery.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, who hosted the event, said the meeting was productive. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, however, was not so optimistic. He said nothing was resolved, and that Premier Kathleen Wynne should have been present at the conference.

The municipalities unanimously signed a resolution, and have asked the government to respond to the request by March 1.

Check out our live blog from the meeting here

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