About 2,400 Ontario public servants take province's voluntary buyout

Approximately 2,400 Ontario public service employees are taking voluntary buyouts from the Progressive Conservative government as it tackles a multibillion-dollar deficit.

Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy says the departures will bring an immediate cost of $190 million.

But he says the buyouts will eventually bring $215 million in annual savings by 2021-22.

The packages were offered for approximately three months starting last December, and employees have until the end of this year to leave their positions.

Bethlenfalvy says more than 3,300 workers applied for the buyouts but not all were accepted in order to maintain government service levels.

He says the program will help the government deal with an $11.7-billion deficit.