According to City Officials these cuts could mean the end of over 600 student nutrition programs serving more than 210,000 meals to hungry kids each day, overdose prevention programs, daycare safety inspections, restaurant inspections, clinics that prevent the spread of diseases like measles and hepatitis, sexual health clinics, and emergency response to public health threats like SARS and H1N1 - to name just a few programs.  

We must fight to protect these life-saving programs. Use our petition to send a message right now to Doug Ford, the Minister of Health, and your MPP. Tell them to stop these cuts before they happen. Before lives are lost.    

We now know that Premier Doug Ford plans to cut $1 billion from Toronto Public Health over the next 10 years - effective immediately.

Here’s a round up of just SOME of the programs these cuts put at risk in our city:

  • Over 600 Student Nutrition (school breakfast programs)

  • Restaurant inspection programs (Dine Safe Toronto)

  • Dental clinics and programs that identify dental disease in students

  • Sexual health clinics

  • Clinics that prevent the spread of diseases (like measles and hepatitis)

  • Outbreak management in care facilities like our long term care homes

  • Emergency preparation and response to life-threatening outbreaks and hazards (like chemical spills) and detection and response to public health threats (like SARS and H1N1)

  • Daycare safety inspections

  • Diabetes prevention

  • Prenatal programs

  • Preschool speech and language programs as well as infant hearing loss programs

  • Bed bug identification and prevention

  • Inspection of pools, beaches, and water quality testing

You can see a full list of programs threatened by visiting Toronto Public Health’s website here.

Mayor John Tory on Premier Doug Ford’s massive cuts to Toronto Public Health.    See Mayor Tory’s statement and twitter threaD from Thursday April 18 here   .

Mayor John Tory on Premier Doug Ford’s massive cuts to Toronto Public Health. See Mayor Tory’s statement and twitter threaD from Thursday April 18 here.

“I say this without an ounce of exaggeration - because of today’s announced cuts, people will die. That’s not rhetoric, it’s a fact.”  - Board of Health Chair and City Councillor Joe Cressy in a statement released Thursday April 18.

“I say this without an ounce of exaggeration - because of today’s announced cuts, people will die. That’s not rhetoric, it’s a fact.” - Board of Health Chair and City Councillor Joe Cressy in a statement released Thursday April 18.

With this ongoing assault by Doug Ford on our public services and the health of our city, you might wonder - what will signing another petition do?

This fight is unique. People from across the political spectrum are uniting to stop Doug Ford’s public health cuts and our Mayor and City Council aren’t holding anything back.

And neither should we.

We all need to stand up and fight for the health of our city.

Use our petition to send an email (that you can edit) directly to your MPP, the Minister of Health, and Doug Ford.

They will feel the pressure right away. And we need them to! We need to flood them with opposition immediately.

This is just step one. Take a few seconds to send your message today and we will follow up with the next steps and how we can put the pressure on.