A new report from a Canadian research institute says that there are billions of dollars of Ontario COVID-19 money that haven't been allocated yet.
According to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), Ontario has over $6 billion in unallocated COVID-19 contingency funds — about $5 billion more than any other reported province.
Ontario's unallocated COVID-19 funds
The CCPA report breaks down provincial funding across the country, giving an average estimate of how much money each province has committed to fighting COVID-19.
And Ontario is firmly in front of other provinces when it comes to unallocated COVID-19 contingency funding.
The province with the next highest amount of unallocated funding is Saskatchewan, which has $1.4 billion in the bank.
A spokesperson for Ontario's Ministry of Finance told Narcity via email that the figures in the report are "patently false" and are a "gross mischaracterization of reality."*
"Budget 2020 clearly shows the dedicated COVID-19 Health Contingency Fund and the Support for People and Jobs Fund was $2.6 billion, significantly lower than the alleged $6.4 billion figure touted by this group," the spokesperson said.*
Ontario has been called out for its financial tactics before — in December, a report said the province was sitting on $12 billion of funding.
In response, Ford said the province actually only had $2.6 billion that wasn't planned for anything in particular and that the government was being "prudent fiscal managers" of the province's money.
*This article has been updated.