(TORONTO, ON) – The Speech from the Throne was passed in the Ontario legislature today. Its passage means the government’s plan to create a stronger, more competitive economy that protects and creates jobs for families is moving forward.
The Throne Speech provides a roadmap for the future and includes key government priorities including:
- Providing a grant to reduce undergraduate college and university tuition by an average of 30 per cent for families earning less than $160,000 per year to keep the cost of postsecondary tuition within everyone’s reach.
- Selecting three new sites for undergraduate campuses to build a more competitive workforce.
- Introducing the proposed Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit to help seniors live independently longer and create and support thousands of jobs in the home renovation sector.
- Increasing home care services so seniors can receive quality care and live healthier lives in their own homes.
- Adding two-way, all-day GO train service to keep people moving in the GTA and Greater Golden Horseshoe and create 68,000 new jobs.
- Reaffirming the goal to return the province’s budget to balance by 2017-18 to ensure the fiscal framework is in place to support a strong economy.
The Throne Speech also outlines principles for moving the economy forward, while protecting public services. Reforms must help the province get better value-for-money through improved efficiencies and greater productivity. Austerity measures that harm the economy will not be pursued. There will be no tax increases or the privatization of public health care.