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Higher Test Scores, Shorter Wait Times, More Jobs Highlight Progress Report

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Higher Test Scores, Shorter Wait Times, More Jobs Highlight Progress Report

McGuinty Government Releases Third Annual Report On Results For Ontarians

Office of the Premier

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today released the third in a series of progress reports on the government's plan to deliver success for students, better health and a strong economy.

"Together with Ontarians, we're making progress on the priorities that matter most to working families," said Premier McGuinty. "It's all about building opportunity so that Ontarians can find success."

This year's Progress Report details the government's achievements since October 2003 and its strategies for working on the side of Ontario families to build opportunity.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Class sizes are down. This school year over 60 per cent of all primary classes are expected to have 20 students or less.
  • Test scores are up. 64 per cent of Grade 3 and 6 students overall are meeting or exceeding the provincial standard in reading, writing and math.
  • More students are graduating. The high school graduation rate is up to 71 per cent.
  • Wait times are down for five key services. People are being seen anywhere from three to 63 days sooner than they were in 2005.
  • 420,000 Ontarians who didn't have a family doctor now have one.
  • There are 86,000 more full-time students enrolled in postsecondary education.
  • 268,000 new jobs have been created since October 2003.
  • Our investments have helped attract almost $7 billion in new auto investments.

"Things have changed for the better because Ontarians are working hard -- and they're working together -- but there's more work to do," said Premier McGuinty. "Our government will continue to achieve results and ensure Ontario remains the place to be."

The full Progress Report is available at www.ontario.ca/progress.