Besides the verdant showcase of spring, what’s happening during May 2012 in Ontario, Canada?
Well, there are at least 14 beneficial, provincial changes happening to help Canadians in Ontario as follows:
This video presents “No More Cell Shock” wherein Margarett Best, Minister of Consumer Services, states:
I have now introduced legislation that, if passed, would give Ontarians control over their cell phone and wireless contracts. To help you understand what this means for you, we have created a Facebook page. Go to Facebook dot com slash no more cell shock to share your thoughts. We will be there to answer any questions you may have. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Margarett Best, Minister of Consumer Services
This Ontario Budget has the bull’s-eye on eliminating the deficit while protecting education and health care.
The deficit for 2010–11 is projected to be $16.7 billion which is $3 billion lower than forecast a year ago because, for the most part, the projected program expense for 2010-2011 is $2.6 billion lower than the forecast published in the 2010 Budget.
The new measures of the 2011 Ontario Budget directly affecting the public include:
New business partnerships will create and retain nearly 10,000 jobs in Ontario
Farmers (of cattle, hog, sheep and veal) will get a new Risk Management Program, and the edible horticulture sector gets a Self-Directed Risk Management Program
By 2015-16 there will be more than 60,000 new student spaces in Ontario’s colleges and universities
Full-day kindergarten will be available in an additional 200 schools this September; and in every school in September 2014
About 90,000 additional breast cancer screening exams to help reach more women who are at high risk
A comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, starting with children and youth
Expanding pharmacy services and support for people covered under the Ontario Drug Benefit Program — helping seniors and others with things like prescription follow-up consultations
Also, the budgetary measures for responsible government management that will help realize savings of nearly $1.5 billion over the next three fiscal years include:
Determining whether the current ServiceOntario delivery model provides the best value and service to people
Instructing major agencies to deliver efficiencies of $200 million by 2013–14
Reducing funding permanently for executive offices of specific transfer payment recipients by 10 per cent over two years. This policy will also be put in place for major government agencies
Reducing the size of the Ontario Public Service (OPS) by an additional 1,500 positions between April 2012 and March 2014. This is in addition to the reduction of about 3,400 full-time OPS employees announced in the 2009 Budget
Making the jail system more modern and efficient. Efficiencies will be gained by closing underutilized prisons in Owen Sound, Walkerton and Sarnia, and partially closing Toronto West Detention Centre. Inmates will be transferred to new, larger, more efficient facilities
Cancelling construction of the Toronto West Courthouse, resulting in appropriation savings of $181 million over the next three years
Establishing the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services, chaired by respected economist Don Drummond, which will provide advice on reforms that would help accelerate the government’s plan to eliminate the deficit while protecting education and health care.
Will this 2011 Ontario Budget be effective in eliminating the deficit as well as strengthening the economy, promoting job creation and protecting key public services?
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