- Local News
- April 27, 2017
Province Making Life More Affordable for Oakville Families
Wynne Government Introduces a Balanced Budget for a Stronger, Healthier Ontario
Ontario unveiled its first balanced budget since the global recession on Thursday, with significant investments in health care and education that will help more families in Oakville get ahead and stay ahead.
Thanks to a strong economy and responsible fiscal management, the province is introducing free prescription medications for children and young people, making important investments to reduce wait times, improving access to care, helping students, and making life more affordable for families in Oakville and right across Ontario.
Ontario is helping people in Oakville with everyday costs through:
- The OHIP+ pharmacare program that will provide free prescription medication to all children and youth aged 24 and under, regardless of family income. This Canadian first includes access to 4,400 drugs, including medication for cancer treatment and rare diseases;
- Lowering your electricity bills by 25% and making housing more affordable;
- Giving our health care system a $7B "booster shot" to reduce wait times and enhance primary care. This will make it easier for families to get the health care services they need closer to home;
- Making life more affordable for seniors through an Ontario Seniors’ Public Transit Tax Credit, boosting the Seniors Community Grant Program with an additional $11M over three years, and increasing the low-income threshold for drug coverage;
- 80% of students with annual family income below $90,000 will receive grants that equal or exceed the average cost of tuition;
- Alleviating the stress of transitioning from school to the workforce by increasing the minimum salary requirement from $25K to $35K for recent graduates before beginning to repay provincial portion of OSAP loans;
- Through the new Career Kick-Start program, we are helping students and new graduates by investing nearly $190M to create 40,000 work-related learning opportunities;
- In addition to our government’s full-day kindergarten program, were helping parents by providing child care spaces for 24,000 more children;
- Investing $13.5B via the Moving Ontario Forward program to enable faster and more frequent service on the GO rail network;
- Committing $20M to ease the burden on people caring for loved ones by increasing supports like day programs, respite services and training and education;
- Supporting more public infrastructure projects in order to grow the economy, create jobs and ensure a high quality of life for all Ontarians.
Further local investments include:
- A new École secondaire Gaétan-Gervais to provide French-language education for 392 students from Grades 7 to 12 in a modern and accessible school in Oakville;
- New engineering positions in Oakville through the Connectivity Innovation Centre, along with significant additional R&D expenditures;
- Continuing support for the Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF), which has invested in 110 companies, including NVT Phybridge, an Oakville-based provider of internet protocol (IP)-enabling networking hardware that has been recognized as one of the most promising Unified Communications Solutions Providers in the province.
"Through investments in important initiatives such as free prescriptions for children and youth, free tuition for students, lower hydro prices, investments in health care and child care, and more services for seniors, we’re making life much more affordable for families in Oakville. And by doing this, while also balancing the budget, our government will be able to provide even more funding for the programs and services the people of Oakville rely on most."
Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville