The Ontario government announced approximately $764 million in funding to help communities meet the costs of land ambulance operations at the 2022 Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference. in Ottawa. Compared to funding levels in 2021-22, this equates to an average provincial increase of 5%.
“The people of Ontario are counting on all levels of government to come together and make sure everything is right for them,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We will work hand-in-hand with our municipal partners to deliver a stronger health care system, world-class transportation infrastructure and affordable housing for all Ontarians. Because there’s only one way to build a prosperous Ontario for everyone, and that’s by building together.
Ontario encourages efficient municipal decision-making to cut red tape and accelerate the pace of growth. By giving the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa more power to deliver on our shared provincial-municipal priorities, including the government’s commitment to build 1.5 million new homes over the next 10 years to address the crisis of housing supply, the Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act, which the government introduced, if passed, would place confidence in local leaders.
“The past three years have highlighted the important role local governments play in our communities,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “That’s why we work closely with our municipal partners and strive to ensure they have the tools and flexibility they need to meet local priorities. We will continue to keep the lines of communication open and encourage municipalities to take action as we work together to strengthen our communities and promote economic growth.
The government is also expanding models of care for patients eligible for 9-1-1 to provide them with timely access to appropriate treatment in the community and to help reduce unnecessary emergency room visits. Currently, these patient care models enable paramedics to treat and refer mental health, addictions, and palliative care patients to appropriate services in the community. The government is working with key partners to expand these models to different patient groups, such as people with diabetes and epilepsy, and implement a new treatment and release model with patient recommendations for care. appropriate follow-up.
In addition, Ontario is providing approximately $47 million until the end of 2023 to public health units and municipalities to ensure they have the financial stability needed to deliver key services across the province during this critical period. This is in addition to continued increased investments to support the public health sector response to COVID-19.
“Ontario’s public health system and front-line health care workers have shown tremendous dedication to responding to COVID-19 while continuing to provide exceptional care to Ontarians,” said Sylvia Jones. , Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health. “As we head into the fall, our government is providing funding to support public health units in their essential work and also expanding patient care models to enable our world-class paramedics to provide more care. timely and appropriate to even more patients in the right place at the right time. »
To increase and improve community and supportive housing for Ontarians and Indigenous peoples at risk, reduce homelessness and fight COVID-19, Ontario is investing nearly $4.4 billion in course of the last three years. This includes more than $1.2 billion through the Social Services Relief Fund, one of the largest investments in affordable housing and homelessness support in the province’s history, to help municipal service managers and Indigenous program administrators create longer-term housing solutions and help vulnerable Ontarians.
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