A small-city hospital in Ontario’s northern Ontario has started a website that asks residents if they would like to pay $1,000 to get a copy of a letter that has been sent to them from the province’s health department.
In the letter, the provincial government has promised to provide $1.4 million in financial support for small towns in the province over the next two years.
“If you are one of the small towns affected by this announcement, please consider contacting the Ministry of Health for a copy to give to your elected officials,” reads a link to the letter.
The Ontario Health Minister says the government will provide the funds in a timely manner and with transparency, and it has been sending out letters like this since early March.
“We are committed to delivering on this promise, which is to ensure that the health of Ontarians continues to be met through community health services,” Minister Eric Hoskins said in a release.
“This is the first time we’ve seen this level of support in Ontario for the communities that need it most.”
Health Minister Eric Babineaux says the province is committed to the funding promised by the federal government to help small- and medium-sized communities.
“The provinces health minister has made clear that this is an important and long-term priority for the government of Ontario,” Babineau said in the release.
The letter is part of a $9.5 million funding package announced last year that includes $1 million to help communities transition to a public-health system, $3.5-million for rural health, $1-million to support a pilot project in rural Ontario to provide health care to Indigenous Peoples and $3-million over two years to provide a pilot service for rural communities in rural Alberta.