Will Bouma, MPP for Brantford-Brant, is pleased that Ontario’s budget delivered on April 11 by Finance Minister Vic Fedeli protects what matters most, and contains absolutely no new tax increases, while providing $26 billion over six years in relief for individuals, families, and businesses.
“Budget 2019 focuses on protecting what matters most – our world-class health care and education systems. We need to make sure Brantford-Brant is protected for generations to come,” said Bouma. “This is also a plan that puts people first, while making Ontario open for business and open for jobs.”
The 2019 Ontario Budget is a comprehensive and sustainable plan that balances the budget in five years, stimulates job creation, and protects critical public services that people rely on every day.
With this plan, Bouma says the Province is ensuring value for money and targeting spending to frontline services, while eliminating the deficit.
He says the signature initiative of the budget is the proposed Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit.
The CARE tax credit would be one of the most flexible child care initiatives ever introduced in Ontario, putting parents at the centre of the decision-making process.
CARE would help low- and middle-income families with up to 75% of their eligible child care costs per year, including those for daycares, home-based care, and camps.
Bouma says Another key item in the budget is dental care for low-income seniors.
At least two-thirds of low-income seniors do not have access to dental care – and many end up in our emergency rooms as a result.
The government is investing $90 million starting at the end of summer 2019 to establish this new program to help Ontario’s low-income seniors.
To help get Ontario moving, Bouma says the government is also making the single largest capital investment in subway builds and extensions in Ontario’s history.
It is committing $11.2 billion to support four rapid transit projects in the Greater Toronto Area, including the Yonge North Subway Extension, the Scarborough Subway Extension, the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, and a new subway, the Ontario Line.
He says other key initiatives in Budget 2019 include a new Ontario Job Creation Investment Incentive to help businesses grow and create jobs, a “Digital First” strategy to modernize Service Ontario’s top 10 transactions and other government services, and a new auto insurance plan that puts drivers first.