The Liberal plan for Ontario
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Premier Kathleen Wynne released her comprehensive plan for Ontario today. The Liberal Plan is built on the priorities laid out in the 2014 Budget and will create jobs and grow the economy by investing in people and partnerships, will build modern infrastructure and will provide income security in retirement.
Click here to read our plan: http://ontarioliberalplan.ca/
The Liberal Plan for Ontario is fully-costed and consistent with the fiscal framework in the 2014 Budget. Ontario Liberals will balance the budget by 2017-18, while continuing to make the necessary investments in our people and in our infrastructure to provide opportunity and security to all Ontarians. If re-elected, an Ontario Liberal government will re-introduce the Budget, providing investments in:
- A ten-year, $2.5 billion Jobs and Prosperity Fund that will help Ontario grow key sectors by attracting and partnering with business and create jobs.
- A ten-year, $130 billion commitment to infrastructure projects that will support 110,000 jobs each year. This includes $29 billion in dedicated funding for transit that will help Ontario build much-needed transportation projects across the province as well as $11.4 billion for major hospital expansion or redevelopment and $11 billion in new schools and repairs.
- A made-in-Ontario solution to the looming pension crisis. The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan will begin in 2017 and help Ontarians retire with greater income security.
Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals are choosing a different path than the Hudak PCs and NDP. Liberals will choose to invest – in people, in modern infrastructure, in a dynamic and innovative business climate, and in small businesses – so that we can take advantage of our strengths, and create and build the jobs of the future, right here in Ontario. We will partner with businesses, educators, labour, the not-for-profit sector, and communities – so that each person has the best opportunity to succeed in life.
In addition to creating the jobs of the future, the Liberal Plan also includes:
- Investing $1 billion in Ring of Fire infrastructure to support smart, sustainable and collaborative development in the Ring of Fire area.
- Introducing a primary care guarantee that, within four years, will provide all Ontarians with access to a primary care provider.
- Improving quality of care and reducing job turnover by increasing Personal Support Worker wages by $4.00 an hour over the next three years.
- Ensuring quality child care outside of the public school system by providing a wage increase of $2.00 an hour over the next two years for Early Childhood Educators.
- Providing better services for people with developmental disabilities and increasing support for caregivers and their families, with investments of $810 million over three years. Part of our investment will include $200 million to support wages for front-line workers.
- Read the Liberal Plan at OntarioLiberalPlan.ca.
- Earlier this week Ontario was recognized as the #1 place in North America for foreign direct investment.
- Ontario has created 459,000 net new jobs since June 2009.
- Ontario has the lowest program spending per capita among Canadian provinces, and raises the lowest total revenue per capita, including funding from federal transfers.
- Ontario raises $11 billion more in federal revenue than is invested back into the province by the Harper Conservatives. In fact, this year Ontario will receive $641 million less in major transfers from the federal government.
- While the Harper Conservatives continue to invest in regional economic development opportunities elsewhere in Canada – including oil sands in Alberta – they have refused to invest in the development of the Ring of Fire in Northern Ontario that would create jobs and make Ontario one of the major world producers of chromite.