Ford government needs extra $5 billion for public services, financial watchdog says - 2019-12-09
To meet demand, the Ontario government will have to either spend more than planned, announce more cost-cutting programs, find more efficiencies or "restrict access or underfund current programs" by 2021-22, said Ontario's Financial Accountability Officer, Peter Weltman, in his report on the government's Fall 2019 Economic and Budget Outlook. It's unclear exactly how the government will make up the gap.
"That's the $5-billion-dollar question," Weltman said. "There's going to have to be some more measures found to reduce spending."