2019 Ontario Budget: A Plan to Protect What Matters MostPublished on April 11, 2019
Building a sustainable future, while protecting critical frontline services
(Mississauga) – Sheref Sabawy, MPP for Mississauga Erin Mills, is pleased the first budget of Ontario’s Government ‘for the People’ delivered April 11 by Finance Minister Vic Fedeli protects what matters most and is not raising taxes on hardworking Ontarians, while providing $26 billion over six years in relief for individuals, families, and businesses.
“This budget works to ensure that the world class services offered by our province, like our healthcare and education system, are made sustainable and more efficient for years to come. We need to make sure Credit Valley Hospital and University of Toronto Mississauga remain pillars of our community,” said MPP Sabawy. “This is also a plan that puts people first, by making Ontario open for business and open for jobs.”
The 2019 Ontario Budget is a comprehensive and sustainable plan that balances the budget in five years, stimulates job creation, and protects critical public services that people rely on every day. With this plan, the government is ensuring value for money and targeting spending to frontline services, while eliminating the deficit.
The signature initiative of the budget is the proposed Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit. The CARE tax credit would be one of the most flexible child care initiatives ever introduced in Ontario, putting parents at the center of the decision-making process. CARE would help low- and middle-income families with up to 75% of their eligible child care costs per year, including those for daycares, home-based care, and camps.
Another key item in the budget is dental care for low-income seniors. At least two-thirds of low-income seniors do not have access to dental care – and many end up in our emergency rooms as a result. The government is investing $90 million starting at the end of summer 2019 to establish this new program to help Ontario’s low-income seniors.
“On the campaign trail, I promised to tackle the transit and traffic issues. I am happy to say that we are finally getting Ontario moving,” said Mr. Sabawy. “The government is making the single largest capital investment in subway builds and extensions in Ontario’s history. It is committing $11.2 billion to support four rapid transit projects in the Greater Toronto Area, including the Yonge North Subway Extension, the Scarborough Subway Extension, the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, and a new subway, the Ontario Line. By improving public transit across the GTA, we will be taking cars off the roads and improving the congestion and help you get to work on time.
As an information technology academic, MPP Sabawy fully supports the Investment Incentive that help businesses grow and create jobs, a “Digital First” strategy to modernize Service Ontario’s top 10 transactions and other government services.
“The 2019 Ontario Budget is showing the world that our government is serious about fiscal sustainability, protecting frontline services, and making Ontario the best place to invest and create jobs,” said Victor Fedeli. “The Budget marks a new beginning for the Province that respects tax dollars, makes life more affordable, and ensures the government works for the people, and not the other way around. This is the approach of Premier Doug Ford and his Government for the People.”
Visit Ontario.ca/Budget to learn more about the 2019 Ontario Budget.
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