Better Tomorrow for Ontario Act Includes Measures of 2011 Ontario Budget

Please note that the following video was posted on March 30, 2011, before our recent Canadian federal election:

Today the Better Tomorrow for Ontario Act passed third reading.

Through the Better Tomorrow for Ontario Act (Budget Measures), which includes measures announced in the 2011 Budget – Turning the Corner, Ontario will carry out its commitment to:

  • eliminate the deficit,
  • protect key public services in education and health care,
  • reduce the number of government agencies, and
  • find savings of nearly $1.5 billion across government over the next three years.

Also, Ontario’s Tax Plan for Jobs and Growth will provide $12 billion in relief for families over three years.

The highlights of the 2011 Budget include:

  • Supporting more than 60,000 additional students in Ontario’s colleges and universities by 2015-16.
  • Providing about 90,000 additional breast cancer screening exams to help reach more women at high risk.
  • Introducing a comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, starting with children and youth.
  • Helping cattle, hog, sheep and veal farmers by implementing a new Risk Management Program, and a Self-Directed Risk Management Program for the edible horticulture sector.
  • Establishing the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services, which will provide advice on reforms that would help accelerate the government’s plan to eliminate the deficit.

Please click here for info on Ontario’s Economic Outlook and Fiscal Plan.

Better Tomorrow for Ontario Act Includes Measures of 2011 Ontario Budget
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2011 Ontario Budget Has the Bull’s-Eye on Eliminating the Deficit While Protecting Education and Health Care

2011 Ontario Budget Has the Bull's-Eye on Eliminating the Deficit While Protecting Education and Health Care
2011 Ontario Budget Has the Bull's-Eye on Eliminating the Deficit While Protecting Education and Health Care

Today the 2011 Ontario Budget is unveiled to Ontarians.

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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