: 2016 Ontario Budget

MAKING EVERYDAY LIFE EASIER FOR SENIORS

Ontario’s plan is making everyday life easier for Ontario’s seniors by:

  • Making the shingles vaccine free for eligible Ontario seniors between the ages of 65 and 70 — saving them about $170.
  • Providing more coordinated, high-quality hospice and palliative care closer to home through an additional three-year, $75 million investment, for a total of $155 million over three years.
  • Reducing hospital parking fees for frequent hospital users by 50 per cent at hospitals that charge more than $10 a day.
  • Proposing to make more vaccines, such as travel vaccines, available through pharmacists.

STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Ontario’s plan is strengthening partnerships with Ontario’s Indigenous peoples by:

  • Working with First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples to act on the “Calls to Action” report released by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
  • Acknowledging and teaching the history and legacy of residential schools.
  • Ending violence against Indigenous women through a $100 million long-term strategy.
  • Improving access to postsecondary education and training for First Nation, Métis and Inuit learners through continuing the $97 million investment over the next three years.

MAKING EVERYDAY LIFE EASIER FOR STUDENTS

Starting in the 2017–18 school year, Ontario is making college and university education more affordable and accessible with our plan to prepare more students for the jobs of tomorrow. We are investing in tomorrow’s highly skilled workforce today by:

  • Transforming student assistance to make average tuition free for students with financial need from families with incomes of $50,000 or lower, and making tuition more affordable for middle-class families.
  • Providing non-repayable grants — which will exceed average tuition — to more than 50 per cent of students from families with incomes of $83,000 or less.
  • Ensuring that students from families with incomes of less than $50,000 will have no provincial student debt.
  • Increasing access to interest-free and low-cost loans for middle- and upper-income families.
  • Expanding financial support for mature and married students.
  • Ensuring all students will be the same or better off as under the Ontario Tuition Grant.

MAKING EVERYDAY LIFE EASIER FOR ONTARIO’S FAMILIES

Our plan is making everyday life easier for Ontario’s families by:

  • Increasing consumer convenience and choice by introducing wine, beer and cider in grocery stores across the province.
  • Eliminating the $30 Drive Clean emissions test fee.
  • Improving services for children and youth with autism through a five-year, $333 million investment.
  • Supporting almost 450,000 children in Ontario with more than $1 billion in child care funding annually.
  • Helping about 37,000 families conduct energy audits and retrofits on their homes through the Green Investment Fund, reducing their energy bills.
  • Reducing commute times and making travel more convenient by implementing Regional Express Rail, improving GO Transit services and continuing to roll out the PRESTO fare card system on Toronto transit.

MAKING EVERYDAY LIFE EASIER FOR LOW-INCOME ONTARIANS

Our plan is dedicated to providing people with the tools and supports they need by:

  • Giving more people access to adequate and affordable housing through a three-year investment of $178 million as part of the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy.
  • Making average tuition free for students, with financial need, from families with incomes of $50,000 or less.
  • Working to end chronic homelessness in 10 years.
  • Increasing social assistance rates by 1.5 per cent for adults receiving Ontario Works and people with disabilities relying on the Ontario Disability Support Program, with a top-up for those with the lowest social assistance rates.
  • Equipping people with the tools to improve their personal finances through financial empowerment programs.

CREATING JOBS FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW

Ontario’s plan is delivering on our number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs by:

  • Making the biggest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history — $160 billion over 12 years — supporting over 110,000 jobs, on average, each year.
  • Implementing the renewed Ontario Youth Jobs Strategy to provide employment and skills development opportunities for up to 150,000 youth.
  • Investing in clean technologies to create jobs and fight climate change. Investing $2.7 billion in the Jobs and Prosperity Fund over 10 years, creating and retaining more than 16,000 jobs to date.
  • Helping firms expand exports and become more productive through an initial three-year, $30 million Going Global Export Strategy.
  • Increasing the global competitiveness of Ontario’s businesses through the five-year, $400 million Business Growth Initiative.

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