Ontario didn’t spend money from COVID-19 response program in 1st quarter, watchdog says

Ontario didn’t spend money from COVID-19 response program in 1st quarter, watchdog says
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A Wednesday report from the Financial Accountability Office found that the province spent a total of $2.6 billion — or 6.6 per cent — less than planned between April and July.

The report says health spending was $691 million lower than planned in the area of population and public health because the province didn’t spend funds from the pandemic program.

That provincial program, called the COVID-19 Response transfer payment, was introduced this year to support public health.

The Ministry of Health did not immediately response to a request for comment.

Health spending was higher than planned for long-term care home operations and development, but lower than planned in payments to physicians and in health services.
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