Give us money, or else

Toronto Mayor John Tory speaks during a press conference to update media on a tentative deal reached between the City of Toronto and the city's outside workers, in Toronto, Saturday, Feb 29, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Cole Burston)

Toronto Mayor John Tory says unless the city gets funding from other levels of government, he'll be forced to take drastic measures.

Tory says the city is facing a budget shortfall of between $1.5 billion and $2.8 billion, because of the pandemic.

If they don't get funding, Tory says 19,000 city employees would be laid off. The Toronto Police Service, alone, would see 500 frontline officers eliminated.
 
Other potential cuts that could happen if Toronto doesn't get the extra funding: The homeless shelter budget would be slashed by $101.5M; 61 community centres would be closed; Long-term care spaces would be cut by half to save $12M; TTC funding would be slashed by $575M which would result in 50 per cent of the entire system being shutdown.

"We would be left with a city that can't work," Mayor Tory says. "I've had a lot of encouraging words. But encouraging words don't buy child care, they don't buy transit service, they don't buy help for the homeless people. They don't buy anything, quite frankly."

Tory says the financial bailout is needed now.