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Ontario municipal funding cuts to public health, child care to start Jan 1

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Aug 19th, 2019

Doug Ford’s PC government will implement its controversial municipal funding cuts for public health and child care on January 1st.

The premier is expected to make the announcement later today at a gathering of municipal leaders in Ottawa.

The government tried to force retroactive funding cuts this year but cancelled them after municipal leaders complained that their annual budgets had already passed.

The new plan will see all municipalities pay 30 per cent of public health-care costs, and 20 per cent of the cost of creating new child care spaces, which the province previously fully funded.

Ford says the funding cuts are needed to tackle Ontario’s $11.7-billion deficit.

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