Ford government needs extra $5 billion for public services, financial watchdog says - 2019-12-09

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F99.png Ford government needs extra $5 billion for public services, financial watchdog says December 9, 2019, Emma McIntosh, National Observer

The Doug Ford government will likely need to make up a $5-billion shortfall by 2022 to meet demand for public services like health care and education, Ontario's financial watchdog said Monday.

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."

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