Growth that Creates Shared Benefits the Hallmark of Ontario in 2016
Significant Progress Made on Building Ontario Up for Everyone
The government has made substantial progress this year to build Ontario up in ways that help people in their everyday lives.
Premier Kathleen Wynne and her team are delivering on their commitments to create jobs, make economic growth more inclusive and ensure Ontario's growing economy delivers real benefits in the lives of workers and families. As promised, the province is on course to present a balanced budget this coming spring and has put Ontario's finances on solid ground without reducing public services that people rely on. In fact, Ontario took several new steps to strengthen public services in 2016, including:
- Making college and university tuition free for more than 150,000 students from families earning less than $50,000 a year, and providing more generous grants to make college and university more affordable for students from middle-income families, starting in 2017-18
- Helping to create 100,000 more licensed child care spaces for infants, toddlers and preschoolers within the next five years
- Reducing electricity costs for five million residential consumers, small businesses and farms, and providing additional savings for rural residents and businesses
- Putting patients first by increasing investments in hospitals, home care and front-line workers and proposing legislation to improve access to primary care providers and ensure better coordination and continuity of care for patients
- Introducing legislation to strengthen and modernize Ontario's child and youth services by putting children at the centre of decision making and supporting more accountable, responsive and accessible services
- Enhancing transit and improving roads and bridges across the province, including key milestones on LRT and subway projects in Toronto; investing to expand LRT service in Ottawa and GO Rail service in Waterloo, Niagara, Barrie, Durham and York regions; and improving the connecting link on Highway 26 through Barrie
- Making Ontario an even better place to do business by inviting the public and businesses to find ways to help cut red tape and working to ensure employees have the skills needed in a changing economy
- Working with Indigenous partners to address the legacy of residential schools, close gaps and remove barriers, support Indigenous culture and reconcile relationships with Indigenous peoples
- Expanding trade and strengthening international partnerships through Premier's missions to India, Mexico, the U.S., Israel and the Middle East, and Japan and South Korea
- Advocating for and achieving a national agreement to improve retirement security by enhancing the Canada Pension Plan
- Launching an action plan to fight climate change that will create good jobs, increase options for consumers and open up new opportunities for investment in Ontario.
Building a more inclusive economy and strengthening public services across Ontario are part of the government's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Global companies such as GE, Fiat Chrysler, IBM, Google, General Motors and Huawei are making major investments in Ontario, attracted by our competitive tax system, stable financial markets, modern infrastructure and highly skilled workforce.
- Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
- The government remains on track to balancing the budget in 2017–18 and keeping it balanced in 2018–19.
“Many parts of Canada, North America and the world are ending 2016 with uncertainty. Not Ontario. The plan we developed together to build our province up is working. Our economy is growing, and across the province you can see the transformation that is happening. We are creating inclusive growth that benefits everyone. We are making college and university more affordable, adding 100,000 new child care spaces, investing in front-line care, building roads and transit, and making our province an even better place to raise a family and do business. I look forward to building on this momentum in 2017 as we work to ensure that everyone in every region is experiencing the benefits of our strong, growing economy.”