By the Numbers: Provincial Public Health Cuts


By the Numbers: Provincial Public Health Cuts

TORONTO – A brief summary of the numbers associated with the growing controversy over the Province of Ontario's cuts to public health.

Dollars and Cents

$1 billion – the funding cut from Toronto Public Health's budget over the next 10 years
$64 million – the immediate retroactive cut to Toronto Public Health's 2019 budget
$1 billion plus – estimated impact of the budget cut across the rest of the province over the next 10 years
April 1, 2019 – the retroactive date when these cuts took effect
$1 – every dollar invested in public health results in $16 in health care costs saved
25 – local public health units being cut – out of 35 in total across Ontario

Programmatic Impact in Toronto

634 –schools in Toronto whose Student Breakfast Progams are now at risk
211,000 –students who receive a daily healthy breakfast through programs now at risk
32,500 – completed food quality inspections, which are now at risk
36,601 – completed newborn hearing screenings, which are now at risk
50,000 – doses of vaccine distributed to students each school year, which are now at risk
220,000 – dental screenings completed for kids aged 4-12 each year, which are now at risk
50,000 – cases of communicable diseases investigated, which are now at risk

In opposition to the provincial cuts

  • 28 mayors of Ontario's large cities, representing 67% of Ontario's population (see below for full list)
  • 12 Boards of Health from Windsor to Ottawa to Thunder Bay (see below for full list)
  • The Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) on behalf of all 35 public health units in Ontario.
  • Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA), representing 230 thousand Ontarians
  • The Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association (OCSTA), representing 29 school boards with 575,000 students.
  • The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), representing nearly 139,000 nurses.
  • The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), representing more than 65,000 nurses and health-care professionals.
  • The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), representing 42,000 nurses and nurse practitioners.
  • The Ontario Medical Association (OMA), representing more than 41,000 doctors.
  • The Canadian Paediatric Society, representing 3,300 paediatricians, paediatric subspecialists, and other child health providers.
  • The Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (Ontario Branch), representing nearly 500 public health inspectors.
  • Toronto District School Board, with 250,000 students
  • Toronto Catholic District School Board, with 91,000 students

In support of the provincial cuts:

  • Premier Ford, Minister Elliott, and their government


28 Mayors

Mayor Shaun Collier, Town of Ajax
Mayor Jeff Lehman, City of Barrie
Mayor Patrick Brown, City of Brampton
Mayor Kevin Davis, City of Brantford
Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, City of Burlington
Mayor Kathryn McGarry, City of Cambridge
Mayor Darrin Canniff, City of Chatham-Kent
Mayor Cam Guthrie, City of Guelph
Mayor Fred Eisenberger, City of Hamilton
Mayor Bryan Paterson, City of Kingston
Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, City of Kitchener
Mayor Ed Holder, City of London
Mayor Frank Scarpitti, City of Markham
Mayor Gordon Krantz, Town of Milton
Mayor Bonnie Crombie, City of Mississauga
Mayor Rob Burton, Town of Oakville
Mayor Dan Carter, City of Oshawa
Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa
Mayor Dave Ryan, City of Pickering
Mayor Dave Barrow, Town of Richmond Hill
Mayor Walter Sendzik, City of St. Catharines
Mayor Brian Bigger, City of Greater Sudbury
Mayor Bill Mauro, City of Thunder Bay
Mayor John Tory, City of Toronto
Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, City of Vaughan
Mayor Dave Jaworsky, City of Waterloo
Mayor Don Mitchell, Town of Whitby
Mayor Drew Dilkens, City of Windsor

12 Boards of Health

Eastern Ontario Board of Health
Halliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit Board of Health
Hastings Prince Edward Board of Health
Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox & Addington Board of Health
Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit Board of Health
Ottawa Board of Health
Perth District Health Unit Board of Health
Public Health Sudbury & Districts Board of Health
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Board of Health
Thunder Bay District Health Unit Board of Health
Toronto Board of Health
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Board of Health


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Media contact:

Brent Gilliard, Office of Councillor Cressy: 416 392 4044, [email protected]