Ontario Didn’t Spend COVID-19 Response Program Money in Q1, Watchdog Says | The Canadian News

TORONTO – Ontario’s fiscal watchdog says the province did not spend money from a new $ 2.7 billion COVID-19 response program in the first quarter.

A Wednesday report from the Office of Financial Accountability found that the province spent a total of $ 2.6 billion, or 6.6 percent, less than planned between April and July.

The report says that health spending was $ 691 million lower than planned in the area of ​​population and public health because the province did not spend funds from the pandemic program.

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

A spokeswoman for the watchdog office says FAO had no details on the intended recipients of the program.

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

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

The report says that spending was higher than planned in two sectors, education and justice.

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