The Ford government is handing out $15-billion in electrical subsidies to companies like Loblaws: CUPE Ontario

TORONTO, ON – The government is handing over money through electricity subsidies to large, profitable, industrial and commercial businesses, money that should instead be used to bolster critical public services that keep Ontarians safe, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “Companies like Loblaws who have actually profited during this pandemic are getting…

“Ford could reverse job losses today”: CUPE Ontario says a damning report should spark immediate action

TORONTO, ON – A new report by the Financial Accountability Office (FAO) of Ontario about significant job losses underscores the need for greater supports for workers and to bolster public services, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “The job losses are a clear indictment of the Ford government mishandling of this pandemic,…

“Ford lied about spending the contingency funds”: CUPE Ontario says budget must reflect that public services save lives

TORONTO, ON – The day before the Financial Accountability Office (FAO) of Ontario was scheduled to release a report on the province’s finances, the Ford Conservatives misleadingly claimed they spent all the COVID-19 contingency funds, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “Yesterday, the Finance Minister announced to Ontarians that the Ford government…

“The wrong direction in a pandemic. Tax cuts won’t cut it; we need more investments to keep people safe”: CUPE Ontario responds to the Fall Budget

TORONTO, ON – Ontario’s 2020 Budget won’t protect and support communities, and it misses the opportunity to help us through the second wave of COVID-19, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “The Ford Conservatives did an excellent job of making their proposed budget sound good, but it misses the mark taking the…

“A second budget and a second chance during a second wave”: CUPE Ontario says the Fall Budget is an opportunity to protect and support Ontarians

TORONTO, ON – Tomorrow’s Fall Budget is an opportunity for the Government of Ontario to lay out a spending plan that will protect and support Ontarians, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “We need a change of course starting tomorrow,” said Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario. “The Ford Conservatives have expertly…

In times of crisis, government must spend, not scrimp

Politicians often compare household and government budgets. For one, they tell us they’re both about balancing income against spending. But there’s an important difference between them. For a household in crisis, cutting spending and saving money is usually a key response. But for a government which represents many people and communities with different challenges, the…

“Abject failure to keep us safe – Spending saves lives”: CUPE Ontario says funding can slow the spread, amid record-setting 1,000+ cases

TORONTO, ON – With Ontario breaking two records this weekend, and logging more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario is calling on the Government of Ontario to commit to funding immediate and significant actions. The record-setting spike in cases follows budget consultations hosted by Ontario’s Ministry…