Strong Plan Working for Ontario
McGuinty Government Updates 2012 Progress Report
Ontario's strong plan is growing our economy while making our education system among the best in the world and transforming health care so that it works better for patients.
Today, the province released the updated 2012 Progress Report. It lays out the results Ontario has achieved in building a stronger economy that creates good jobs and supports the gains. Key accomplishments include:
- 570 new schools and 23 hospitals built or underway since 2003.
- 1,700 schools now offering full-day kindergarten to 120,000 students.
- 93,000 more high school graduates since 2003 -- a 14 per cent increase.
- 2.1 million more Ontarians now have a family doctor.
- Infrastructure investments -- including building enough road to stretch from Ontario past Alaska -- have created or preserved 100,000 jobs per year.
- 46 per cent of all new Canadian jobs in 2011 were created in Ontario.
- Ontario ranks third in North America in winning foreign direct investment according to the Financial Times Ltd. 2012 fDI Report.
- Nine years ago, only 31 per cent of primary classes had 20 or fewer students. Today it’s 91 per cent.
- Ontario has attracted 4,000 more doctors and created more than 15,000 new nursing positions since 2003.
“Our strong plan for Ontario has created good jobs, it’s made us a leader in education and it’s making our province the healthiest place to grow up and grow old. Staying on track to eliminate the deficit will help us meet the challenges ahead as we continue to build a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.”