Ontario Building Stronger Communities
2011 Progress Report Highlights Progress For Families
Ontario now has cleaner air for people to breathe, fewer children living in poverty, and stable support for farmers to weather unpredictable times.
That is just some of the good news for communities across the province as outlined in Ontario's 2011 Progress Report. The annual report shows the results Ontarians are achieving together.
Ontario is stronger when everyone has an opportunity to succeed, good food to eat and safe water to drink, and a place to call home. That's why the government continues to invest in the well-being of our people and communities.
The government has made a difference the lives of Ontario families by:
- Implementing the toughest drinking water standards in North America to help ensure clean, safe drinking water for all Ontarians.
- Providing up to $1,100 annually per child to low-income families through the Ontario Child Benefit, which helps over one million children.
- Creating a new risk management program for farmers to help protect farms and ensure Ontario families continue to enjoy healthy local food.
- Building and repairing more than 270,000 affordable housing spaces.
Ontario is also supporting strong communities by making the neighbourhoods families live in, and the roads Ontarians travel, even safer.
- Last year, 99.88 per cent of over 600,000 municipal drinking water tests taken in Ontario met all of our stringent drinking water requirements.
- Ontario's general minimum wage is $10.25 an hour, an increase of almost 50 per cent since 2003.
- Ontario's agri-food sector is one of our leading industries, contributing more than $33 billion to the economy every year.
- Ontario's roads are now the safest in North America thanks to road safety measures that are saving lives, preventing injuries and reducing collisions.
“When we look after each other, as a community, we build on the amazing legacy of past generations to create hope for future ones. No matter where we live, we are all Ontarians working towards the common good; striving to bring out the best in each other.”