CITY OF TORONTO SAYS PROVINCIAL FUNDING CUTS MEAN NEARLY $178M SHORTFALL
May 09, 2019
By Bob Komsic
The city manager says the Ford government budget’s cuts will result in a shortfall of almost $178-million for various Toronto services.
Chris Murray has calculated that the funding cuts from Queen’s Park will mean nearly $85-million less for children’s services, $65-million less for public health, almost $4-million less for paramedic services, and the scrapping of a planned hike to the city’s share of gas tax revenue means city hall’s out $24-million.
In a statement from John Tory, who’s in LA on business, the mayor says he will keep making the case ”these unilateral, retroactive cuts to child care and public health will hurt residents … and threaten Toronto’s prosperity.”
Tory goes on to say he remains open to sitting down with the province and discussing the cuts in a productive manner, which the mayor believes could have happened weeks or even months ago.
Meanwhile, the province disputes the city’s math on the impact of the funding cuts.