Peel deals with a $20 million funding cut

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A $20-million reduction in funding from the province looms in Peel Region and politicians and bureaucrats are trying to figure out how best to deal with the challenge it faces.

There are very few details on the actual financial impact to Peel which frustrates all involved.

For example, the region’s community homelessness prevention initiative faces a $1.9-million reduction while the Early Years & Child Care program expansion plan was cut by $5 million. Addiction services were cut by $500,000.

The $20-million reduction in funding from the province will lead to a two to three per cent increase in costs on the region’s budget and it’s likely the region will need to draw money from reserves to continue many programs.

The province also plans to consolidate the existing 52 paramedic services into 10 and amalgamate 22 dispatch centres into 10 centres, based on information from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

Many changes are coming, and politicians and bureaucrats are probably having sleepless nights wondering how all this will impact them first and will quite possibly have residents send out more postcards to Premier Doug Ford paid for by their own tax dollars. -CINEWS

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