Last week, in response to a question from Public Eye, Finance Minister Colin Hansen said discretionary grants to social service agencies could be impacted by the government's effort to find $1.9 billion in administrative efficiencies over three years. In fact, in an interview with CHNL's Angelo Iacobucci, Housing and Social Development Minister Rich Coleman said today he's ordered a detailed review of those grants, which could be "anything from a food bank to a group of people who've been working, like for instance there's a group that's doing outreach. And you could say, 'Okay, if we look into an area we might have five or six different outreach teams. Do we really need five or six? Can we do it with three and get better efficiencies? And if we can save a few hundred thousand dollars, can we put them into something that we could do more support for people who are living housing?'"
July 13, 2009