Provincial Steps to Strengthen Public Services in 2016

Office of the Premier

Ontario took several new steps to strengthen public services in 2016.

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These steps included:

  • Making college and university tuition free for more than 150,000 students from families earning less than $50,000 a year, and providing more generous grants to make college and university more affordable for students from middle-income families, starting in 2017-18.
  • Helping to create 100,000 more licensed child care spaces for infants, toddlers and preschoolers within the next five years.
  • Reducing electricity costs for five million residential consumers, small businesses and farms, and providing additional savings for rural residents and businesses.
  • Putting patients first by increasing investments in hospitals, home care and front-line workers and proposing legislation to improve access to primary care providers and ensure better coordination and continuity of care for patients.
  • Introducing legislation to strengthen and modernize Ontario's child and youth services by putting children at the centre of decision making and supporting more accountable, responsive and accessible services.
  • Enhancing transit and improving roads and bridges across the province, including key milestones on LRT and subway projects in Toronto; investing to expand LRT service in Ottawa and GO Rail service in Waterloo, Niagara, Barrie, Durham and York regions; and improving the connecting link on Highway 26 through Barrie.
  • Making Ontario an even better place to do business by inviting the public and businesses to find ways to help cut red tape and working to ensure employees have the skills needed in a changing economy.
  • Working with Indigenous partners to address the legacy of residential schools, close gaps and remove barriers, support Indigenous culture and reconcile relationships with Indigenous peoples.
  • Expanding trade and strengthening international partnerships through Premier's missions to India, Mexico, the U.S., Israel and the Middle East, and Japan and South Korea.
  • Advocating for and achieving a national agreement to improve retirement security by enhancing the Canada Pension Plan.
  • Launching an action plan to fight climate change that will create good jobs, increase options for consumers and open up new opportunities for investment in Ontario.