Statement from Councillor Joe Cressy, Chair of the Board of Health - Reversal of 2019 Provincial cuts to Public Health

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Statement from Councillor Joe Cressy, Chair of the Board of Health - Reversal of 2019 Provincial cuts to Public Health

TORONTO – "In response to a wave of opposition across Ontario, today Premier Ford reversed retroactive cuts to public health and childcare.

In backing down on these short-sighted 2019 cuts, Premier Ford did the right thing. However, a critical question remains. Is the province still committed to cutting $935 million from Toronto Public Health, and reducing the provincial cost-sharing formula for public health units across Ontario starting next year? Or, are they willing to work with municipalities to review this policy going forward? 

An indisputable body of evidence and a chorus of critics from across the province and political spectrum clearly demonstrates that cutting public health is both harmful and fiscally irresponsible. In order to build a healthy and prosperous province, governments must invest in public health, not cut it.

To the tens of thousands of people who made phone calls, signed petitions, and knocked on doors, this victory would not have been possible without you. To Mayor Tory, Council colleagues, and municipal leaders across this province, thank you for your leadership.

But our work isn't over yet. In the days, weeks and months ahead, we must all continue to stand up and speak out to ensure future cuts to our vital public health and child care services do not proceed".  

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Media Contact: Lia Brewer – Office of Councillor Cressy: lia.brewer@toronto.ca 416-392-4044