Here are today’s new developments:
Ontario municipalities will share up to $4 billion from the $19-billion fund the federal government and provinces pledged last week to help municipalities, which are short millions due to the pandemic - The Official Opposition says municipalities need support from the Ford government over the long-term to avoid service cuts, and that many are still reeling from the deep cuts Doug Ford made to municipalities two years ago, including to public health, ambulance services and child care.
The maximum number of kids allowed in child care cohorts in the province has been raised to 15 from 10. Doug Ford continues to claim that child care has already been back to 91 per cent capacity, but journalists, experts, parents and the Official Opposition have all debunked that.
Here are some concerns the Official Opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
Official Opposition Municipal Affairs critic Jeff Burch and Transit critic Jessica Bell say the funding announced by the Ford government for municipalities falls short of what's needed for municipalities to protect jobs and public services over the long-term.