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Premier Wynne's Plan Building More Opportunity and Security for People

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Premier Wynne's Plan Building More Opportunity and Security for People

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Under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario moved forward with several initiatives over the last two years to build opportunity and security for people.

Investing in People's Talents and Skills

Planning for Sustainable Health Care

February 2, 2015

Patients First: Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care is introduced and outlines how the province will increase access to better and more co-ordinated care, and ensure the health care system is sustainable for generations to come.    

Enhancing Wages for Eligible Early Childhood Educators

January 19, 2015

Premier Wynne announced a wage increase for early childhood educators and front-line child care professionals in licensed child care settings to support nurturing environments where children can thrive. 

Visiting Campuses Across the Province

January 9 - 19, 2015

Premier Wynne visited classrooms and student centres across Ontario. She took part in a town hall and a roundtable on campus sexual violence, and announced funding for 14 projects to help more students get access to mental health services and supports.

Strengthening Anti-smoking Legislation

January 1, 2015

To promote healthy lifestyles, Ontario banned smoking on playgrounds and publicly owned sport fields. Smoking has also been prohibited on bar and restaurant patios, unless subject to specific exemptions.

Enhancing Support for Victims of Sexual Violence

December 4, 2014

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced a package of initiatives to raise awareness of sexual violence and harassment, enhance prevention initiatives to combat sexual discrimination, harassment and violence and improve support for victims. The Premier also directed several ministers to prepare an action plan, which will be brought forward by March 8, 2015, International Women's Day.

Promoting Physical Activity for Kids

November 27, 2014

The province joined with ACTIVE AT SCHOOL and the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association to implement 60 minutes of physical activity connected to the school day and help kids develop healthy habits for life.

Improving Access to Mental Health Care

November 25, 2014

Ontario is moving forward on the next phase of its Comprehensive Mental Health and Addiction Strategy, including additional investments of over $65 million in 2014-15, growing to about $83 million annually by 2016-17. This phase of the strategy focuses on supportive housing, reducing wait times and supporting the transition between youth and adult mental illness services.  

Protecting Drivers

November 20, 2014

Ontario passed the Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act to fight fraud and abuse, reduce insurance costs and increase protections for more than nine million licensed drivers across the province.

Expanding Eligibility for Legal Aid

October 30, 2014

Ontario is raising the income level at which people qualify for legal aid assistance. Once the full strategy is implemented, one million more people will be eligible. 

Championing Accessibility in Ontario

October 24, 2014

The Premier appointed former Lieutenant Governor David C. Onley as a special advisor on accessibility and launched a marketing campaign to increase awareness and compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Increasing Opportunities in Aboriginal Communities

October 7, 2014

Ontario launched the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund to support business, employment and training opportunities in Aboriginal communities. Other initiatives underway include the Treaty Strategy and the Remote Electrification Readiness Program.

Making Mandates Public

September 25, 2014

To increase transparency and accountability, the Premier publicly shared her mandate letters to cabinet ministers for the first time in Ontario's history.

Celebrating the Francophone Presence in Ontario

September 25, 2014

Premier Wynne announced funding of $5.9 million to support the official Commemoration of 400 years of French presence in Ontario in 2015. This includes a special, one-time funding program to support community initiatives celebrating the contributions of Franco-Ontarians. Overall, Commemoration activities will boost tourism, create jobs, and bring visitors from across the province and around the world.

Launching the New Poverty Reduction Strategy

September 3, 2014

The Realizing Our Potential strategy builds on the province's first strategy by focusing on ending homelessness and providing a stable foundation for vulnerable Ontarians. 

Expanding Full-Day Kindergarten

September 2, 2014

Full-day kindergarten is now available to all four- and five-year-old children in Ontario. By the end of this school year, almost half a million kids will have benefited from full-day kindergarten since it was first introduced in 2010.

Helping Students with Tuition

August 29, 2014

The 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant helped almost 230,000 students start college or university in the 2013-14 school year.

Investing in Affordable Housing

August 11, 2014

Together, the Governments of Canada and Ontario announced an extension to the Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario program, investing more than $801 million over five years to help individuals and families in need of housing.

Increasing the Ontario Child Benefit

July 1, 2014

Ontario increased the maximum annual payment to $1,310 per child, providing direct financial support to about one million children in more than 500,000 low- to moderate-income families. 

Increasing the Minimum Wage

June 1, 2014

Ontario's general minimum wage rose to $11 per hour and is now set to change annually to keep up with the cost of living.

Enhancing Wages for Personal Support Workers

April 29, 2014

Ontario announced an increase of $4 over the next three years to the hourly wage of publicly funded personal support workers. The province also set a new base wage for these workers that will increase to $16.50 per hour by April 1, 2016. 

Eliminating Coal-Fired Electricity

April 15, 2014

Ontario eliminated coal as a source of electricity production, making the province a leader in the reduction of harmful emissions and combatting climate change. 

Sustaining the Experimental Lakes Area

April 1, 2014

Ontario committed up to $2 million per year for four years to keep the Experimental Lakes Area open so that the important pollution reduction and climate change research conducted there can continue to benefit the world. 

Enabling Community Involvement for Seniors

February 21, 2014

The Seniors Community Grant Program is introduced to foster social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement among Ontario's seniors.

Investing in Community Support Services

January 29, 2014

Ontario invested $260 million to improve access to home and community health care supports, including community support services that help seniors and those with complex needs live independently and safely.

Protecting Drinking Water

November 1, 2013

Ontario strengthened the protection of local drinking water sources by supporting almost 200 small, rural municipalities in carrying out source water protection plans to safeguard existing and future sources of drinking water.

Expanding Job Opportunities for Young People

October 16, 2013

The Ontario Youth Jobs Strategy is launched, investing $295 million over two years to help 30,000 youth access the tools, experiences and support they need to succeed. 

Renewing Driver's Licences Online

September 25, 2013

As part of its plan to make government services easier to access, Ontario became the first province in Canada to allow drivers to renew their licences online.

Helping Newcomers Succeed

April 12, 2013

Ontario increased support for the Newcomer Settlement Program, to connect nearly 80,000 new immigrants with language and job training, and other community services. 

Leading Brain Research

March 5, 2013

Ontario announced it is investing $100 million over five years to support the Ontario Brain Institute's world-leading neuroscience research in areas such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, depression, cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy.

Building Public Infrastructure

Calling for a Canadian Infrastructure Partnership

January 20, 2015

Premier Wynne called for a Canadian Infrastructure Partnership -- a collaboration that would have an explicit objective of investing five per cent of GDP in infrastructure renewal. 

Funding Transit in Municipalities

November 13, 2014

Ontario announced plans to provide $321.5 million in gas tax funding to 96 municipalities this year to expand and improve public transit. 

Funding Municipal Infrastructure

August 18, 2014

The new Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund is launched to provide a steady source of long-term, predictable funding for small, rural and northern municipalities across the province.

Building Essential Infrastructure to Move Ontario Forward

July 24, 2014

Ontario will make available nearly $29 billion over the next 10 years to build a province-wide transportation network that will create jobs, boost productivity and help Ontario grow and prosper. 

Creating a Dynamic Business Environment

Strengthening Pollinator Health

November 25, 2014

Ontario is strengthening bird, bee, butterfly and other pollinator health to ensure healthy ecosystems and support the fertilization of Ontario's crops, which are worth nearly $900 million annually.

Strengthening Ties with Québec

November 21, 2014

Premier Wynne and Québec Premier Philippe Couillard signed Memorandums of Understanding to address climate change, exchange electricity capacity and revitalize the Ontario-Québec Trade and Cooperation Agreement. 

Unlocking the Value of Government-owned Assets

November 13, 2014

The Premier's Advisory Council on Government Assets delivered its initial recommendations to improve customer service, increase efficiencies and unlock the full value of Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).

Establishing a Partnership with Honda Canada

November 6, 2014

Ontario forged a new partnership with Honda Canada that will protect 4,000 jobs and make the Alliston plant the first lead Honda plant for the production of Civics located outside of Japan. 

Improving Trade Relations with China

October 25, 2014

The Premier undertook her first international trade mission to China to help the province's businesses expand into this priority market. The mission resulted in 11 new investment projects for Ontario, helping to create more than 1,800 jobs. 

Creating Jobs and Prosperity

July 14, 2014

The Jobs and Prosperity Fund is providing $2.5 billion over the next 10 years to enhance productivity, bolster innovation and grow Ontario's exports.

Expanding Opportunities in the South American Market

January 17, 2014

Ontario opened its newest International Marketing Centre in São Paulo, Brazil to help make the province more globally competitive.

Supporting Small Businesses

January 1, 2014

To provide greater tax relief to smaller employers, Ontario increased the Employer Health Tax exemption from $400,000 to $450,000. The exemption was eliminated for private-sector employers with annual payrolls of more than $5 million.

Growing New Opportunities for Ontario Wines

December 16, 2013

The province announced it is investing $75 million over five years through the Ontario Wine and Grape Strategy, allowing VQA Ontario wines to be sold at farmers' markets and expanding the LCBO's "Our Wine Country" destination boutiques.

Promoting Local Foods

November 5, 2013

The Local Food Act, 2013 is passed, to help promote foods that are grown, harvested and processed in Ontario, to create jobs and expand the province's agri-food sector. 

Growing Ontario Businesses Globally

September 23, 2013

The Going Global Trade Strategy is launched to help the province's businesses expand into markets around the world and create jobs in Ontario.  

Boosting the Economy Through the 2015 Games

August 28, 2013

The province announced that investments related to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games will create more than 26,000 jobs and grow Ontario's real GDP by $3.7 billion from 2009 to 2017, while also leaving behind legacy benefits for all Ontarians.

Supporting Regional Economies

Since February 2013

Ontario has several regional economic development programs to support job creation and the growth of local economies. Since February 2013, Ontario has:

  • Invested more than $23 million in 166 Rural Economic Development Program projects. This has generated $128 million in local economic activity and created more than 560 jobs;
  • Committed $12 million across 18 projects through the Eastern Ontario Development Fund. This has generated $135 million in total new investments in local economic activity and created or sustained more than 2,400 jobs;
  • Committed more than $27 million across 35 projects through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund. This has generated more than $250 million in new investments in local economic activity to support more than 6,900 jobs in the region;
  • Invested more than $234 million across 1,591 projects through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. This has generated about $753 million in local economic activity and created more than 5,980 jobs.

Building a Secure Pension Plan

Strengthening Ontario's Retirement Income System

December 8, 2014

The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act, 2014, which would help strengthen the retirement income security system, is introduced. The Act, if passed, would create a framework for the new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan and commit the government to establishing the ORPP by 2017.

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