Above are highlights from this week in the Ontario Legislature.
The 2017 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review released this week shows that our province continues to be in a position of strength and that our economy is doing well.
Yet, many people are facing challenges with rising costs of living and feeling uncertainty about their economic future. It is our government's responsibility to ensure that everyone in Ontario sees themselves in, and benefits from, our strong economy. Learn more here.
This is why we are putting forward policies that are fair and that create opportunity for the people of Ontario, such as:
- launching OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare. The most significant expansion of medicare in Ontario in a generation, this program will cover the cost of prescription medications for everyone under 25, regardless of family income, starting January 1, 2018.
- proposing to raise the minimum wage to $14 an hour on January 1, 2018 and $15 an hour on January 1, 2019, and ensuring equal pay for part-time workers doing the same job as full-time workers.
- providing free tuition to more than 210,000 college and university students by transforming the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). The government is also improving student assistance by ensuring that college and university students receive a reduced upfront bill, with OSAP already factored in.
- supporting seniors through the Aging with Confidence action plan so they can live independent, healthy, active, safe and socially connected lives, including creating 5,000 new long-term care beds by 2022 — and more than 30,000 beds over the next decade. These new beds are in addition to the 30,000 existing beds that are being redeveloped.
- investing in skills and training through programs like the Graduated Apprenticeship Grant for Employers to provide incentives to encourage apprentices to complete training.
-strengthening small businesses by providing more than $500 million over 3 years in new initiatives that will lower costs and support growth, including a proposed 22% cut in the Corporate Income Tax rate for small businesses.
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