RICHMOND HILL – This morning, York Region MPPs Reza Moridi, Chris Ballard, Michael Chan, Steven Del Duca, and Dr. Helena Jaczek jointly hosted a presentation and discussion on the 2016 Ontario Budget: Jobs for Today and Tomorrow.
The MPPs elaborated on the highlights of the Budget and took questions from the audience of almost 200 who represented a diverse cross-section of local residents, businesses, municipal government officials and community organizations.
Five important things to know about the 2016 Budget include:
1. Building Prosperity and Creating More Jobs
2. Towards a Fair Society
3. Transforming Health Care
4. Making Everyday Life Easier
5. A Balanced Path to a Balanced Budget
“The historic modernization of student financial assistance in the 2016 Budget is tremendous news for students and their families across the province. By making tuition free for tens of thousands of low-and middle-income students and increasing eligibility for support to so many more, our government is demonstrating how firmly we believe in the importance of investing in Ontario’s people.”
— Reza Moridi, MPP Richmond Hill
“Today’s budget has real benefits for residents in Newmarket-Aurora and across Ontario. The government is investing $160 billion in infrastructure projects like schools, hospitals, roads and transit. I’m delighted that we are making large investments in education, as seen by the Ontario Student Grant which would pay for average college or university tuition for students whose families make $50,000 or less. Our government is also investing in health care by investing $345 million in hospitals. There’s good news for Newmarket-Aurora GO Bus and GO Train riders with 52 new train trips on the Barrie Corridor announced and 130 new bus trips. I believe this budget helps ensure middle class families will have a more secure future, as we create new, good jobs, ensure retirement security and invest in health care.”
— Chris Ballard, MPP Newmarket-Aurora
“I am excited about the additional investment of $30 million in our Going Global Export Strategy. This is great news for Ontario, including Markham-Unionville. We will fuel continued growth by increasing Ontario’s exports, growing the number of exporters, and diversifying export markets to help deliver on our number one priority: growing the economy and creating jobs.”
— Michael Chan, MPP Markham-Unionville
“This Budget is about making everyday life easier for families in the York Region by lowering costs and making important investments in health care, transportation and post-secondary education. Our government is making the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history which will help people spend more time with their families, move goods more efficiently, and support the creation of 110,000 jobs per year.”
— Steven Del Duca, MPP Vaughan
“As a physician, I am proud that our government is making a significant investment of more than half a billion dollars in hospitals, cancer care, palliative care and home care. Ontarians, including those in my riding of Oak Ridges-Markham, can be confident that we are continuing to improve the essential services they need when they are sick or injured.”
— Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP Oak Ridges-Markham
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