Municipalities are at the forefront of a safe recovery of the economy and must continue to take appropriate measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and manage public spaces and critical services such as local public transport. The province will formalize the rescue funds for a safe restart through contribution agreements with each transportation agency. These agreements include conditions that will help ensure the continuity of adequate and affordable services on which communities depend. People across B.C. will continue to have safe, reliable and affordable public transportation, with the confirmation by the federal and provincial government that TransLink, BC Transit and BC Ferries will share more than $1 billion by the two governments under the Safe Restart Agreement announced earlier this summer. Earlier in the day, Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Family, Children and Social Development, announced $83 million in federal assistance to the child care sector in British Columbia to ensure that safe and sufficient child care spaces are available to support the gradual return of parents to work. “We, in British Columbia, rely on TransLink, BC Transit and BC Ferries to provide us with a safe, accessible and affordable transit service,” said Joyce Murray, Federal Minister of Digital Government and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra. “Through the Safe Restart Agreement, our federal government is providing critical funding to ensure that British Columbians, who rely on these transit services, can continue to rely on going to work and other important races and visits.” “Transportation is critical to restarting our economy,” said Bowinn Ma, TransLink`s Parliamentary Secretary. “I am very pleased with today`s 50-50 cost-sharing funding agreement, which ensures that our transit agencies can continue to serve British Columbia. We will continue to work together to ensure that from this unprecedented time we must become a stronger, healthier and more resilient B.C.” The province says it has worked closely with agencies to fully understand the financial impact on its operations resulting from the pandemic, including additional COVID-19 security measures and measures to keep rates affordable.