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PROVINCE RELEASES 2017 BUDGET FOR A HEALTHIER, STRONGER ONTARIO

Announces balanced budget, youth pharmacare program

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:

 

Health Care

 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

program.

 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

respite care

 

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.

 

Housing Affordability

 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.

 

Infrastructure

 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.

 

Seniors

 Expanding the Seniors Community Grant program with an additional $11 million over three

years.

 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.

 

QUOTES

"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

 

CONTACT

Harinder Malhi, MPP

Brampton–Springdale

(905) 495-8030

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