Ontario is creating opportunity and security for the people of the province through a series of comprehensive measures introduced during the spring legislative sitting. These measures support good jobs, fair workplaces and better wages, prepare our workforce for the new innovation economy and make life more affordable for workers, students, seniors and families.
Ontario"s economy is in a relatively strong position. However, many people in the province are not feeling that growth in their everyday lives.To help more people get ahead and stay ahead in a changing economy, the government has announced actions that will make a positive difference in people"s lives. These are possible because Ontario has balanced the budget. These actions include:
Raising the minimum wage and creating more security for employees through landmark changes to employment and labour laws
Making prescription medications free for everyone 24 years of age and younger through OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare -- the biggest expansion of universal Medicare in Ontario in a generation
Launching a pilot project to assess whether a basic income can better support workers and improve health and education outcomes for people on low incomes
Making it more affordable to buy or rent a home, expanding rent control and bringing stability to the real estate market through Ontario"s Fair Housing Plan
Lowering electricity bills by 25 per cent, on average, for all residential customers and as many as half a million small businesses and farms
Providing access to affordable, quality licensed child care for 100,000 more children, including 24,000 in 2017-18
Making it easier for Ontario businesses to grow and create more jobs by cutting red tape and reducing regulatory burdens
Creating tomorrow"s jobs today, and attracting talent and investment by funding transformative technologies such as artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles and 5G (fifth-generation) wireless networks
Continuing to stand up for Ontario workers and businesses by actively defending the province"s trade and investment interests with U.S. legislators and businesses.
Actions introduced this legislative sitting are part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.