Ford Government’s First Budget Delivers on Commitment to Restore Ontario to Fiscal Health and Protecting What Matters Most

Published on April 11, 2019

MPP Donna Skelly says Budget strikes the right balance

Hamilton – Ontario Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli today tabled his first budget since the Ford Government took office last year and followed through on his pledge to target wasteful spending, reduce government debt and bring relief to hard-working Ontario families and businesses.

Flamborough-Glanbrook MPP Donna Skelly says the budget delivers exactly what is needed for Ontario. “Across the province, including in my riding, we heard time and again that essential services like health care and education were not meeting the needs of the people, yet costs continued to soar”, said Skelly. “With this budget, Minister Fedeli has offered a bold new vision that protects and enhances those services, while addressing Ontario’s out of control debt brought on by 15 years of Liberal fiscal mismanagement.”

Among the highlights:

  • Introducing a new dental program for low-income seniors who lack benefits. Individual seniors with annual incomes of $19,300 or less or senior couples with combined annual incomes of less than $32,300, without existing dental benefits will be able to receive dental services in public health units, community health centres and Aboriginal Health Access Centres across the province.
  • Proposing a new Ontario Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit. The CARE tax credit would be one of the most flexible childcare initiatives ever introduced in Ontario. It is a plan that would put parents, and not the government, at the centre of the childcare decision-making process. The new CARE tax credit would provide about 300,000 families with up to 75 per cent of their eligible childcare expenses and allow families to access a broad range of childcare options, including care in centres, homes and camps.

Helping job seekers find jobs while helping employers hire the skilled workers they need by:

  • Establishing programs that encourage the people of Ontario to enter skilled trades, get retraining and become aware of the benefits of good-paying jobs in the trades.
  • Developing a one-window digital portal for apprentices.
  • Making sure hard-working people get assistance to learn new skills when they lose a job through no fault of their own. 
  • Mobilizing Employment Ontario’s Rapid Re-employment and Training Services program to help General Motors and Fiat Chrysler workers regain employment as quickly as possible.
  • Launching a new micro-credentials pilot this spring to provide people with the skills employers are seeking.

The government is making Ontario open for business and open for jobs by reducing red tape, lowering business costs and connecting more workers to local jobs. The government is:

  • Providing $3.8 billion in provincial corporate income tax relief over six years through faster write-offs of capital investments under the Ontario Job Creation Investment Incentive.
  • Cutting red tape by 25 per cent by 2020. Once fully implemented, these changes are expected to provide Ontario businesses with over $400 million in ongoing savings on their compliance costs.

“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 Finance Minister Fedeli.