McGuinty Government Working With Ontarians To Get Results
Fourth Annual Progress Report Highlights Stronger Public Schools, Better Health Care And More Prosperity For Families
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today released the fourth in a series of progress reports on the government's ongoing plan to deliver success for students, better health, jobs and prosperity.
"Four years ago, Ontarians told us they wanted to improve schools and health care, clean up the environment and build more prosperity for their children," said Premier McGuinty. "Together, we began working on these priorities -- and together, we've made real progress."
The 2007 Progress Report details the government's priority results since coming to office in 2003. Highlights of the report include:
- Smaller class sizes. Four years ago, one quarter of all primary students were in classes of 25 students or more. We're now on track to ensure that 90 per cent of primary classes have 20 or fewer students this fall.
- Half a million more Ontarians with a family doctor -- and more funding means 8,000 new nurses in Ontario.
- Four years ago, Ontario faced a $5.6-billion deficit, which threatened public services and the province's high quality of life. Today, the economy has created thousands of good jobs, attracted billions in new investment, the Budget is balanced and the province is on track to post five consecutive surpluses between 2005 and 2010.
"These results are due to the hard work of people across the province," said Premier McGuinty. "Together, we've come a long way, but there's still more to do. Through our continued investments -- and the hard work of Ontarians -- we'll keep making progress. And together, we'll build a stronger, healthier and more prosperous Ontario for future generations."
The full Progress Report is available at www.ontario.ca/progress.