'A huge hit': WECHU loses $1.5M in provincial funding to 2019 budget
The chair of the board of health says the cut comes from a change in the funding model
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is facing a $1.5-million budget cut in 2019, according to the chair of the board of health Gary McNamara.
He said the cut in provincial funds comes from a change in the funding model.
"We've got to wait to see what the details are going to be coming down from the province, but I can tell you, this is going to hit us hard," McNamara said.
Previously, WECHU was funded 75 per cent by the province and 25 per cent by municipalities. Now, the province only gives 70 per cent while municipalities are expected to give 30 per cent.
The <a href="https://twitter.com/TheWECHU?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheWECHU</a> has had a $1.5-million cut to their 2019 budget from the province, says chair Gary McNamara. <br><br>This cut, he says, comes from changes in the funding model. <br><br>Was: 75% Province, 25% Municipal. <br>Now: 70% Province, 30% Municipal. <a href="https://t.co/X1k8bacve1">pic.twitter.com/X1k8bacve1</a>—@ChrisEnsingCBC
McNamara also mentioned that the Toronto Public Health funding has also been cut.
"There's a billion dollar hit there over the next few years," he said.
He added that it's not entirely clear how the funding change is going to affect programs.
"We have to continue to provide a level of service to protect our citizens — that's certainly critical," McNamara said.
"We're going to continue to provide a first-class, first-rate public health service to serve our community to the best of our ability with the challenges ahead."
Even though the funding model has changed, McNamara said it'll be difficult to go back to municipalities to ask for more money because their budgets are finished.
"To do this, mid-year, and our budget's already done, that's a huge hit."
With files from Chris Ensing