2019 Ontario Budget: A Plan to Protect What Matters MostPublished on April 18, 2019
Building a sustainable future for the people, while protecting critical frontline services.
IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 11, 2019
MISSISSAUGA – Kaleed Rasheed MPP for Mississauga East-Cooksville, is pleased to announce the first budget of this government by by Finance Minister Vic Fedeli. This budget 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 Mississauga is protected for generations to come,” said MPP Rasheed. “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, the Province is ensuring value for money and targeting spending to frontline services, while eliminating the deficit.
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.
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.
“This budget is crucial for seniors living in my riding of Mississauga East-Cooksville. The $90 million investment for dental will help so many seniors in the riding” said MPP Rasheed.
To help get Ontario moving, 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 including investments in Mississauga through the Hurontario LRT.
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.
“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 Minister Fedeli.
“The Budget marks a new beginning for the Province that respects tax dollars, makes life more affordable, and ensures the government works for the people, and not the other way around. This is the approach of Premier Doug Ford and his Government for the People.”
“This plan is for the people, by the people. It is providing the relief Ontario needs” said MPP Rasheed.
- Making the single largest capital contribution to new subway builds and extensions in Ontario’s history. The government is committing $11.2 billion of the total estimated
$28.5 billion cost to support four rapid transit projects in the Greater Toronto Area, significantly over-delivering on the government’s initial commitment to inject an additional $5 billion in capital funds into subway extensions.
- Improving service through the largest increase in GO Transit rail services in five years, including more trips per day, introducing route expansion and looking at the feasibility of providing flexible food and beverage services across the GO Transit rail network.
- Bringing Toronto’s Ontario Place back to life and making it a world-class, year-round destination.
- Providing $25 million to fight guns and gangs in Toronto over four years.
- Investing in highways, including increasing the number of lanes on Highway 401 from Milton to Mississauga and fixing several bridges in Peterborough.
- Visit Ontario.ca/Budget to learn more about the 2019 Ontario Budget.