Ontario is in a strong position to create jobs and grow the economy with the passage of the 2012 Budget. It takes strong action to eliminate Ontario's deficit by 2017-18 while protecting health care and education.
This government is working hard to keep Ontario moving forward in many areas including:
- Passing the Accepting Schools Act that makes Ontario's schools safer and ensures all students have the support they need to grow and reach their full potential.
- Giving 120,000 children the best start possible in full-day kindergarten this fall.
- Protecting 20,000 teaching and support jobs by ensuring smaller class sizes and the full introduction of full-day kindergarten.
- Providing 30% Off Ontario tuition to qualifying college and university students.
- Creating over 900 nursing positions to improve front-line care, ensuring patients get the right care where and when they need it.
- Continuing to open Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics -- 24 currently accepting patients.
- Helping 90,000 more seniors by adding three million more hours of personal support worker care.
- Planning to create two birthing centres to give women more choice on where they can deliver healthy babies.
- Helping seniors stay in their homes longer with the proposed Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit, thereby keeping long-term care home costs down and helping create jobs and grow the economy.
- Promoting regional strengths and helping promote local economic development through the Attracting Investment and Creating Jobs Act. It would, if passed, create the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund and make the Eastern Ontario Development Fund permanent.
- Creating the Jobs and Prosperity Council to generate new ideas and approaches in improving Ontario's long-term productivity and competitiveness.
Providing the right climate to attract investment is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create a vibrant economy. A strong economy creates jobs for Ontarians and protects the services that matter most to Ontario families -- health care and education.