Comment 91861

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted September 07, 2013 at 13:20:18

The PB funding was supposed to go to one-time infrastructure projects, not provide funding to charities or staff or ongoing projects. I think the charities (like Food4Kids and NGen Youth Centre) got funding because some assembly members suggested them as worthy causes and it was decided not to impose the 'infrastructure only' rule this time.

The problem with providing funding to charities is that there are already many other organizations that provide this sort of funding (e.g. United Way, Hamilton Community Foundation, Ontario government, charitable foundations) but no other way to fund infrastructure. The other problem is that there is then a strong push to continue the funding in the future (as the charitable work relies on the funding), which could tie up an increasingly large portion of the funds in ongoing non-infrastructure projects.

This issue of whether or not PB should become a funding agency for charities or provide operating support for community centres will have to be addressed as it was not supposed to be a valid use.

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