Government of Ontario's Top Accomplishments in 2019
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
"The proposed Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2019 will make tangible improvements in the lives of our farmers, farm families, and agri-businesses and will better protect livestock and our food supply. To further support the agri-food sector and create a more competitive business environment, this year, our government also committed $39 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to support a variety of new projects to help Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations grow, innovate and create jobs."
Ministry of the Attorney General
"Our government is escalating the fight against gun violence and the gangs who prey on young people and communities by providing additional resources and tools to support Ontario's frontline police officers, prosecutors and justice partners."
Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
"This year, our government committed $20 million per year for victim supports and anti-human trafficking enforcement initiatives. This annual investment will ensure that resources are available to survivors on an ongoing basis, and that critical prevention and enforcement initiatives continue so we can support survivors, keep children and youth safe, and hold offenders accountable."
Ministry of Colleges and Universities
"This year, our government put a new policy in place for the operation of public college-private partnerships in Ontario. The policy gives colleges more flexibility in creating innovative entrepreneurial partnerships with private providers to meet strong international student demand for Ontario's high-quality college programs, prepare students for jobs so we can meet the labour market needs of Ontario today and in the future. In turn, public colleges will invest any economic windfall from these partnerships back into their main campuses and local communities."
Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
"As part of our government's plan to create a more competitive business environment, this year Minister Fedeli led successful trips to South Korea, Japan and India to promote job-creating trade and investment. In South Korea, highlights included announcement of a first-of-its-kind US$20 million global healthcare venture fund, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Korea Importers Association, and the opening of a new Canadian KEPCO office in Port Elgin.
In India, VVDN announced a new facility in Kitchener-Waterloo creating more than 200 engineering jobs, while Seneca College signed three MOUs. The Minister's mission to India also yielded the development of an MOU with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) that was signed upon NASSCOM's visit to Ontario in December. The MOU will focus on technology-based foreign direct investment between Ontario and India and encourage regular exchanges and consultations between our jurisdictions. Our plan to build Ontario together means being open for business, open for jobs and open for trade to create new investment and good jobs."
Small Business and Red Tape Reduction
"This year, we introduced three red tape packages — the Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, Spring Regulatory Modernization Package and Better for People, Smarter for Business Act — and played an integral role in red tape actions that were part of several broader legislative packages. Our government has taken over 200 actions to reduce regulatory burdens on businesses to attract investment and create jobs while protecting public health and safety and the environment saving businesses $338 million."
Ministry of Education
"Our government provided investments and engaged in curriculum development supporting the health and safety of students and provided them with the skills and resources to succeed in the classroom and beyond. This included the launch of a new four-year, $200 million math strategy to strengthen math skills for all students in Ontario and an investment of nearly $40 million - more than double the funding from 2017-18 - to advance student mental health. In addition, an updated curriculum will help make Ontario a leader in teaching elementary students about mental health, concussions, the effects and consequences of vaping and cannabis, cyber safety, healthy eating and body image, bullying and healthy relationships, including consent."
Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines
"Part of our plan to Build Ontario Together, our government is expanding access to natural gas to thousands of households and businesses across the province in Ontario's northern, rural and Indigenous communities. This year, our government launched the Natural Gas Expansion Program, created under the Access to Natural Gas Act, 2018. Nine projects were initially selected, and we will soon launch a call for new submissions. Our government intends for approximately $130 million to be made available to support new natural gas projects eligible for financial support. Natural gas is a safe, reliable and lower-cost heating fuel that will lead to cheaper home heating costs for families and more investment by businesses throughout the province."
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
"For the past two decades, people have been getting emissions tests for their light-duty passenger vehicles through the Drive Clean program. However, auto industry standards have increased considerably over the years and very few light-duty vehicles were failing. That's why in April 2019, our government cancelled the outdated Drive Clean program, saving money for Ontario taxpayers and reducing the regulatory burden on Ontario families. As per a commitment in our Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, we are instead enhancing regulations for the biggest polluters on Ontario's roads, such as commercial trucks and buses, with a new integrated annual emissions and safety inspection program for heavy diesel commercial motor vehicles."
Ministry of Finance
"Our government successfully beat its deficit target for 2019-20 by $1.3 billion, while investing in priority programs, like health care and education while introducing much needed tax relief for families and low-income workers through child care and LIFT tax credits, helping businesses grow and create jobs by cutting the tax rate for small businesses by 8.7% and introducing the Job Creation Investment Incentive, and supporting Northern communities by cutting taxes on aviation fuel in Northern Ontario."
Ministry of Francophone Affairs
"Our government's commitment to ensuring the overall development of Ontario's Francophone community is reflected in the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding with the federal government to work together towards the establishment of the Université de l'Ontario français, a university that will enable Francophones in Ontario to access high quality, postsecondary education that will prepare students for jobs."
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
"Our government strengthened the real estate market and protected consumers when making their biggest purchase, a home, through the introduction of the Trust in Real Estate Services Act."
Ministry of Health
"This year, the Ministry of Health took an important step towards improving patient care through the approval of the first 24 Ontario Health Teams (OHT). By ensuring patients receive all their care from a single team, OHTs will breakdown long-standing barriers that have prevented providers from working together to offer patients a more seamless experience and will help take the guess-work out of navigating the system. Each team responds to the unique care needs of the communities they serve and can include hospitals, doctors, home and community care providers, mental health and addictions supports, palliative care, long-term care homes, emergency health services and public health, among other providers."
Mental Health and Addictions
"This year, our government committed to investing $3 million over three years in a new mental health initiative called Project Now, which aims to end child and youth suicide in Mississauga within the next decade by 2029. This investment is part of our $174 million plan to address the critical gaps in Ontario's mental health and addictions system, and to support patients and families living with mental health and addictions challenges."
Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
"This year, our government rebranded the new Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries to highlight our commitment to protect and preserve our unique cultural identity, while growing Ontario's $71 billion-dollar tourism, culture and sport industries."
Ministry of Indigenous Affairs
"Our government delivered on its commitment to build Ontario together and work alongside Indigenous partners to support economic growth in communities across the province. In November, we announced Ontario is investing up to $8.2 million in 2019-20 to support 26 Indigenous economic development projects and invest in six Aboriginal Financial Institutions that support Indigenous entrepreneurs."
Ministry of Infrastructure
"In 2019, we released our five-year broadband and cellular action plan "Up to Speed" with investments of $315 million that will leverage private sector and other partner funding and get unserved and underserved areas up to speed, in a way that works best for them. Under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, we successfully nominated more than 350 local infrastructure projects across Ontario to the federal government which will help connect people to places and support regional economic growth and job creation. We also launched our new Unsolicited Proposals framework, encouraging individuals, businesses and organizations with proposals to build and operate infrastructure in Ontario to submit their best ideas and make them a reality."
Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs
"Our government co-hosted the recent meeting of Canada's Premiers in Toronto, Ontario with Saskatchewan Premier and Council of the Federation Chair Scott Moe to advance shared priorities and promote national unity. Premier Ford joined our provincial partners in calling on the federal government to fund the building of critical infrastructure projects to get people and goods moving, increase the Canada Health Transfer by 5.2% annually to ensure patients receive the care they need and deserve, and create a business environment that supports economic growth and job creation to help bring prosperity for people in every community across the country. The Premiers agreed to reduce the regulatory burden on people and businesses and to knock down barriers to trade and reiterated their commitment to grow the Canadian economy."
Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
"Our government delivered on its commitment to connect people to jobs by streamlining and modernizing Ontario's apprenticeships system and made a historic investment in the Pre-Apprenticeship Training program, with $18.3 million in funding to 84 programs that will introduce over 1,600 people to the trades. We also froze WSIB rate increases for non-profits and introduced a new program for rewarding Ontario's safest employers."
Ministry of Long-Term Care
"In June 2019, our government showed its unwavering commitment to the seniors in Ontario by creating an entire ministry dedicated to long-term care. Our government is committed to ensuring that Ontarians have access to a safe, high-quality, resident-centered long-term care system that they can call home. In the 2019 Budget, we committed to adding 15,000 new long-term care beds in five years and upgrading an additional 15,000 long-term care beds to modern design standards. And today, over half of these beds are already allocated."
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
"Our government is helping the people of Ontario find housing they can afford. More Homes, More Choice: Ontario's Housing Supply Action Plan is helping build the right types of homes, in the right places. Through our Community Housing Renewal Strategy, we are investing in the community housing system to help sustain, repair and grow community housing in Ontario to support our province's most vulnerable."
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
"Our government has a plan to help the forest industry grow and thrive and to build Ontario together. We are supporting the forest sector, and the northern and rural communities that depend on it, with the release of a draft Forest Sector Strategy. This is a sector that is critical to so many communities across this province, generating over $16 billion in revenue and supporting approximately 155,000 direct and indirect jobs across Ontario."
Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility
"Each year in Ontario, preventable dental issues like gum disease, infections and chronic pain lead to more than 60,000 emergency department visits - a significant portion of which are by seniors. Many low-income seniors face challenges accessing regular dental care because they can't afford it, impacting their overall well-being. That's why our government is investing $90 million in a new program to provide low-income seniors with the free dental care they deserve."
Ministry of the Solicitor General
"Our government is adopting a new animal welfare system that provides more inspectors and strong penalties to better protect animals from abuse and neglect."
Ministry of Transportation
"Our government is connecting people to places through the single largest investment in new subway builds and extensions in Canadian history. This $28.5 billion program, which will get people to work on time and home to their loved ones faster, includes the Yonge North Subway Extension, the Eglinton West Crosstown Extension, an improved three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension, and the all-new Ontario Line."
Treasury Board Secretariat
"Our government has embarked on a variety of large-scale transformative projects, called Smart Initiatives, to build a smarter government that works for everyone. We're building a foundation for future prosperity through our plan to deliver better services, focus on results and improve how we do business for the people of Ontario. For example, we're helping non-profits, municipalities and other service providers focus more time on delivering programs and services that matter to the people of Ontario by simplifying how they receive government funding. The Transfer Payment Consolidation Smart Initiative will reduce the complexity and administrative burden of transfer payment management."