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Goderich Mayor Says Reduced Provincial Funding "Direct Hit" On Tax Base

Goderich | by Fadi Didi  

Mayor John Grace says young families will be directly affected by funding cuts in child, healthcare.

The Mayor of Goderich says a recent announcement by Premier Doug Ford is a "direct hit on young working families."

At a meeting of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) in Ottawa, Ford announced a cut in funding for municipal healthcare and childcare services.

Where the province formerly covered 100 per cent of both costs (75 per cent in some cases), the Premier announced municipalities would be on the hook for 30 per cent, as of January 1st, 2020.

Goderich Mayor John Grace says the move will directly impact the town's tax base.

He says the town's childcare costs for one hundred spaces amounts to $500 thousand a year -- something currently funded provincially.

At this point, Grace says details in the province's plan to download the funding onto municipalities are lacking.

As for the public health element, Grace tells us it is unknown if the financial hit will be taken at the county level, or handed to municipalities.

Health units in Huron, Perth, Bruce, and Grey counties have been mandated by the province to amalgamate, with the goal of long-term financial savings for the Ontario government.

Grace confirms some transition dollars will be provided by the Doug Ford Progressive Conservatives, but how much -- and for how long -- has yet to be clarified.

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