Ontario EMS Services to be Streamlined

A change to ambulance service is likely on the way.

In its budget delivered last week, the Ford government says it plans to streamline the way land ambulance dispatch services are delivered by integrating the 59 emergency health services operators and 22 dispatch centres.

Premier Doug Ford said Tuesday that whatever happens, the service will not go down and he guaranteed that Ontario will retain the same number of paramedics.

He says nothing is set in stone, but he wants to look for ways to increase service while saving taxpayers money.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says it's about providing quality care and making sure everyone is connected.

Her spokeswoman says the government is working with municipalities and health-care partners, so it is too early to say how many ambulance services the province will end up with.

Chief Bruce Krauter tells CTV Windsor, "It's too soon to determine how the province's plan will impact Essex-Windsor EMS."

 

— With files from The Canadian Press