NEWS FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017
Ontario’s 2017 Budget includes significant investments in health care, education, public transit and
support programs for caregivers and seniors in order to support families and improve access to
services people rely on. The first balanced budget since the global recession, Ontario’s economy has
strengthened, unemployment is at a ten-year low, and Ontario is leading all of Canada and the G7
nations in economic growth. Throughout the global recession and economic recovery, our government
has continued to invest in its most important resource: its people.
Some of the highlights for Mississauga and Brampton include:
Expansion of Trillium Health Partners Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health
Centre as part of a $9 billion, 10-year commitment to redevelopment and new hospital capital
projects across Ontario.
Youth Pharmacare Program to provide 4,400 medications for common and rare diseases
to youth under the age of 24 as a first step to negotiating a federal-provincial pharmacare
Improving access to home and community care by lowering wait-times for key services
and specialized services with an investment of more than $1.3 billion and increasing hospital
funding by more than 3 percent ($518 million).
Launching Ontario Dementia Strategy, with more than $100 million over three years to
coordinate services for dementia patients and their families, including $20 million in 2017 for
Child Care and Education
$200 million in new funding to create 24,000 more licensed child care spaces, continuing
on the Province’s commitment to create 100,000 child care spaces.
Reducing and capping class sizes in full-day kindergarten (FDK) classes and Grades 4-8.
Launching the Career Kick-start Program to help 40,000 high school and recent graduate
students gain work-related experience.
Investing $1.2 billion over 2 years for school repairs and renewals through the School
Condition Improvement and School Renewal funding allocations.
Free average tuition for 210,000 post-secondary students beginning September 2017 and
increasing the OSAP repayment minimum salary requirement threshold to $35,000.
Expanding rent control to all private rental units (basements, houses, condos, etc.) and
capping rent increases.
A new 15 per cent tax for non-Canadian citizens and non-permanent resident home
buyers (with other exceptions) and working with federal and municipal partners to crack down
on “paper flipping” and to tax vacant homes and properties.
Streamlining and fast-tracking approval processes, creating incentives for apartment building
developers and promoting broad range of unit sizes in apartments, condos, townhouse projects
to accommodate diverse range of family sizes and incomes.
Moving ahead on transformative transit projects, such as the 20-kilometre Hurontario
LRT, 18-kilometre Mississauga Transitway and Highway 410 widening between Eglinton
Ave at Highway 403 and Queen Street on Highway 410.
Increasing the share of provincial gas tax to municipalities from two cents to four cents
by 2021-2022, which should double Mississauga’s current allocation of $16.7 million and
Brampton’s allocation of $10.5 million to support local transit projects.
Financial Relief and Tax Credits
Reducing household electricity bills by an average of 25 per cent making home energy
more affordable through the Ontario Fair Hydro Plan.
Creating the Ontario Caregiver Tax Credit allowing families to provide better, more
compassionate care for their loved ones at the comforts of home.
Providing $480 million over 4 years for Social Assistance programs, which amounts to a 2
per cent increase.
Expanding the Seniors Community Grant program with an additional $11 million over three
Growing the Elderly Persons Centre (EPC) Network with the creation of 40 new centres
through an investment of $8 million by 2018-19.
Providing seniors (aged 65 and over) with a new Ontario Seniors’ Public Transit Tax
Credit of 15% with an average saving of $130 per year.
Low Carbon Economy
Providing $800 million from the Cap and Trade program to help home owners and
companies adopt low-carbon technologies.
"A budget that is balanced and strong, will benefit residents in Brampton-Springdale and across
Ontario. With investments in education, transit and youth pharmacare, our government has brought
forward a budget that will benefit all residents. I am proud to support the balanced budget that will
especially impact youth and bring the greatest benefit to them in all areas of their lives."
— Harinder Malhi, MPP for Brampton–Springdale
Harinder Malhi, MPP
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