- Local News
- April 28, 2017
PROVINCE RELEASES 2017 BUDGET FOR A HEALTHIER, STRONGER ONTARIO
Announces balanced budget, youth pharmacare program
NEWS FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017
Ontario’s 2017 Budget includes significant investments in health care, education, public transit and support programs for caregivers and seniors in order to support families and improve access to services people rely on. The first balanced budget since the global recession, Ontario’s economy has strengthened, unemployment is at a ten-year low, and Ontario is leading all of Canada and the G7 nations in economic growth. Throughout the global recession and economic recovery, our government has continued to invest in its most important resource: its people.
Some of the highlights for Mississauga and Brampton include:
- Expansion of Trillium Health Partners Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre as part of a $9 billion, 10-year commitment to redevelopment and new hospital capital projects across Ontario.
- Youth Pharmacare Program to provide 4,400 medications for common and rare diseases to youth under the age of 24 as a first step to negotiating a federal-provincial pharmacare program.
- Improving access to home and community care by lowering wait-times for key services and specialized services with an investment of more than $1.3 billion and increasing hospital funding by more than 3 percent ($518 million).
- Launching Ontario Dementia Strategy, with more than $100 million over three years to coordinate services for dementia patients and their families, including $20 million in 2017 for respite care
Child Care and Education
- $200 million in new funding to create 24,000 more licensed child care spaces, continuing on the Province’s commitment to create 100,000 child care spaces.
- Reducing and capping class sizes in full-day kindergarten (FDK) classes and Grades 4-8.
- Launching the Career Kick-start Program to help 40,000 high school and recent graduate students gain work-related experience.
- Investing $1.2 billion over 2 years for school repairs and renewals through the School Condition Improvement and School Renewal funding allocations.
- Free average tuition for 210,000 post-secondary students beginning September 2017 and increasing the OSAP repayment minimum salary requirement threshold to $35,000.
- Expanding rent control to all private rental units (basements, houses, condos, etc.) and capping rent increases.
- A new 15 per cent tax for non-Canadian citizens and non-permanent resident home buyers (with other exceptions) and working with federal and municipal partners to crack down on “paper flipping” and to tax vacant homes and properties.
- Streamlining and fast-tracking approval processes, creating incentives for apartment building developers and promoting broad range of unit sizes in apartments, condos, townhouse projects to accommodate diverse range of family sizes and incomes.
- Moving ahead on transformative transit projects, such as the 20-kilometre Hurontario LRT, 18-kilometre Mississauga Transitway and Highway 410 widening between Eglinton Ave at Highway 403 and Queen Street on Highway 410.
- Increasing the share of provincial gas tax to municipalities from two cents to four cents by 2021-2022, which should double Mississauga’s current allocation of $16.7 million and Brampton’s allocation of $10.5 million to support local transit projects.
Financial Relief and Tax Credits
- Reducing household electricity bills by an average of 25 per cent making home energy more affordable through the Ontario Fair Hydro Plan.
- Creating the Ontario Caregiver Tax Credit allowing families to provide better, more compassionate care for their loved ones at the comforts of home.
- Providing $480 million over 4 years for Social Assistance programs, which amounts to a 2 per cent increase.
- Expanding the Seniors Community Grant program with an additional $11 million over three years.
- Growing the Elderly Persons Centre (EPC) Network with the creation of 40 new centres through an investment of $8 million by 2018-19.
- Providing seniors (aged 65 and over) with a new Ontario Seniors’ Public Transit Tax Credit of 15% with an average saving of $130 per year.
Low Carbon Economy
- Providing $800 million from the Cap and Trade program to help home owners and companies adopt low-carbon technologies.
“Our 2017 Budget has achieved what our government promised: better services for Ontarians, a stronger business environment and a balanced budget. We will continue to support Ontarians, including in Mississauga-Brampton South, through our investments in post-secondary education and expanded health services in Mississauga and Brampton, so that every Ontarian has an opportunity to achieve their full potential.”
— Amrit Mangat, MPP for Mississauga–Brampton South
Amrit Mangat, MPP