Ontario to write off $1.4B in taxes

Province has 75% fewer tax collectors since HST deal

Maria Babbage, The Ottawa Citizen

Ontario’s cash-strapped government is expected to write off at least $1.4 billion in unpaid taxes, mainly because it failed to act quickly and aggressively to collect debts, auditor general Jim McCarter found in his annual report. One of the reports highlights: Waiting lists for long-term care homes have tripled since 2005, and last year 15 per cent of patients on a list died before getting into a home.