Toronto Deputy Mayor warns of service cuts due to lack of federal COVID-19 funding
McKelvie acknowledged the federal government's focus on growth but emphasized that Toronto is still in recovery mode and needs help to offset its COVID-19 losses.
Toronto’s Deputy Mayor, Jennifer McKelvie, has expressed concern over the potential for significant cuts to services and state-of-good repair work due to a lack of federal funding to cover the city’s COVID-19-related shortfall. The Liberal government’s recent budget failed to include the $235 million requested to offset the 2022 COVID-19 shortfall, as well as a commitment to provide hundreds of millions of dollars to help the city tackle its $933 million shortfall in the 2023 budget due to ongoing COVID-19 costs.
McKelvie acknowledged the federal government’s focus on growth but emphasized that Toronto is still in recovery mode and needs help to offset its COVID-19 losses. While the federal government provided funding to cover the city’s COVID-19 losses in 2020 and 2021, it failed to do so last year. This lack of federal support comes at a time when the city is grappling with a surge in violence, homelessness, and mental illness.
The recent fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old at Keele Station is the latest in a string of violent incidents on the TTC, and many believe that homelessness and mental illness are contributing factors to the rise in violence throughout the city. McKelvie has warned that the city may have to cut services if other levels of government do not provide budgetary support, and such cuts could happen as early as 2024. She also suggested that property taxes may have to be increased to address the budget shortfalls.
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