Here's a list of cuts and program changes the Ford government has backtracked on
Hamilton LRT, legal aid funding cuts and e-learning quotas the latest in series of reversals
The Ontario government's decision to reverse funding cuts to a child benefit program and the province's children's aid societies marks the latest in a series of instances in which Premier Doug Ford's or his ministers have backtracked on previous announcements.
Below is a list of other decisions the Progressive Conservatives have walked back:
The Progressive Conservatives promised during the election to fund the light-rail transit project, but in December the
transportation minister announced that would no longer happen, citing rising cost estimates.
The 2019 budget cut that year's funding for Legal Aid Ontario by $133 million — or 30 per cent — and planned $31 million in further cuts over the next two years. Eight months later, the government announced it was cancelling those future cuts.
E-learning and class sizes
The government angered teachers in March when it announced it was increasing average high school class sizes from 22 to 28, and mandating that students take four online courses to graduate. In the context of difficult negotiations with the education unions, the education minister has offered to walk that class size target back to 25, and announced that students will now instead be required to take two online courses to graduate.
Ford promised during the 2018 election to upload Toronto's subway system to help leverage the province's financial and planning powers to build transit infrastructure faster. The province has now announced it will not take control of the subway system, in exchange for the city's support of the province's transit plan.
Transition Child Benefit
The government had planned to stop the benefit as of Nov. 1, but has now decided to continue it as the province reviews its social assistance programs. The benefit provides up to $230 a month for low-income families not receiving other child benefits.
Children's Aid Society funding
The government's spending estimates for this fiscal year had showed a $28-million cut to funding for children's aid societies, but has now decided to maintain the same funding model as last year.
In February, the government announced a revamp of the Ontario Autism Program. It was framed as a way to clear a massive waiting list for services, but would have given families a relatively small amount of money based on their income, not the needs of their child. It also would have effectively cut off thousands of kids currently in government-funded therapy.
Mayors across the province banded together to fight retroactive cuts to public health funding, and the government ultimately relented.
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