As you know, the provincial government is moving forward with what they are calling a “modernization” of the public health system in Ontario. This update will provide you with the most recent information we have on the government’s consultation process, and CUPE’s plans to respond.
Reduced provincial funding will mean real cuts to public health. And, funding cuts always translate into cuts to the support staff who keep public health agencies running smoothly, and to the front-line workers who provide the services that protect our communities.
The Ford government recently announced a new funding decision with respect to municipalities. Instead of the shifted funding formula previously announced, the new ratio will now be 70% provincial funding and 30% municipal funding for all municipalities starting on January 1, 2020. This funding formula change represents a BIG CUT, and includes programs that were previously funded at 100% by the provincial government.