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United Counties receives $7.9-million from province to hire more paramedics

The Warden for the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville says he’s pleased to see the Ontario government investing in local healthcare.

The Ontario government announced Thursday that the United Counties would receive nearly $8-million in funding to hire new paramedics and pay for its ambulances.

It’s part of the province’s “Land Ambulance Service Grant,” which is meant to cover 50 percent of the costs for municipal ambulance and paramedic services. According to MPP Steve Clark, nearly $764-million is being invested across Ontario through the grant.

“It is critical that the people of Leeds and Grenville continue to receive the highest quality of paramedic services,” says Warden Roger Haley. “We are pleased that the Province has once again provided 50% of the cost of this service.”

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Jeff Carss, the Chief of the United Counties’ Paramedic Service Division, says his team is also pleased by the investment.

“This helps to support the continued efforts being made by our paramedics in the response to COVID 19 as well as providing the stability required for our paramedic service to ensure we meet the needs of our communities moving forward,” Carss explains.

You can learn more about the United Counties’ paramedic and ambulance services on its website.

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