Guelph and surrounding areas had a count of 4,276 votes and 97 per cent said no against private-for-profit health care during an informal poll held by a local healthcare coalition on the weekend.
The province-wide referendum was a response to the provincial government’s efforts to increase private-for-profit hospital services and clinics, said in a press release.
The polls were run by volunteers and organized by the Ontario Health Coalition. Polling stations were located in shopping centres, community centres, parks, churches, drop-in centres, homes, and small businesses.
The referendum asked voters if they wanted public hospital services to be privatized and for-profit. Based on the votes it seems voters are concerned about a move to private-for-profit health care, said in the release.