Griowth That Creates Shared Benefits the Hallmark of Ontario in 2016

Significant Progress Made on Building Ontario Up for Everyone

“Many parts of Canada, North America and the world are ending 2016 with uncertainty. Not Ontario.”                                                    – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne

An End-Of-Year Report from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne & her Liberal Government

Posted December 30th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

(A Note to NAL Readers – Another thing that at least some of us know is that this Ontario premier is ending the year with one of the lowest popularity ratings in recent memory for any political leader in this province. That said, NAL is posting this message from the Premier and leave it to our readers to draw their own conclusions, and post a comment at the end, if they care to.)

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is calling 2016 a good year for the province

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is calling 2016 a good year for the province

Queen’s Park, Toronto – he 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.

QUICK FACTS

  • 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.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

QUOTES

“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.”  — Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

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One response to “Griowth That Creates Shared Benefits the Hallmark of Ontario in 2016

  1. Wasn’t going to start my day with a negative, but when the following popped up in my mailbox, I lost the urge to be positive. This is a section from the propaganda section of the Liberal Party of Ontario, run by Queen bitch Kathleen Wynne, outlining their accomplishments in 2016. I got no further than the first accomplishment, which is in parentheses below.
    $50,000 should not be the considered a middle- income salary. It’s more like the income of the many struggling families living throughout Ontario and the rest of Canada and far below the income necessary to live comfortably in Ontario.
    Enough of the bullshit about middle-income families being the heart and soul of Canada. I made $50,000 annually when I was 21 and that was 51 years ago. And you know what, it was a labour job in the manufacturing sector of Ontario, the sector that has all but vanished from a once thriving Ontario.
    Most expenses have quadrupled since then and $50,000 before taxes doesn’t come close to covering the expenses of “living” and her government thinks that providing college and university tuition free to this huge group of our population, an accomplishment.
    It’s a gesture, nothing more. Why? They will graduate and enter a labour force that is already oversaturated with young people searching for “good” paying jobs. They will end up like many, working P/T at 2, possibly 3 jobs to make ends meet. Ms. Wynne there are no jobs in Ontario. It is a stagnant economy because of your government and free tuition is not the answer to an ever increasing rate of unemployment for the youth in Ontario.
    If you feel this is an okay income for the middle class of Ontario, would you give up your present salary and try living on $50,000 annually. NO, I DIDN’T THINK YOU WOULD.

    “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”

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