Ontario’s 2010 Speech from the Throne sets out a five-year plan to Open Ontario to new jobs and economic growth. The 2010 Budget proposes measures to chart a course to a stronger economic future for Ontario through:
Open Ontario will support new jobs by investing in schools, colleges, universities and trades.
The goal is to raise the postsecondary attainment rate to 70 per cent.
Open Ontario will make Ontario the first jurisdiction in North America with full-day learning for four- and five-year-olds.
Ontario is stepping in to fill the gap left by the federal government by investing $63.5 million a year to fund child care and help:
The government launched the most significant tax reform in a generation, which will create jobs and open Ontario to new investment.
This year, Ontario has cut taxes and is moving ahead with the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).
Record investments over two years for roads, bridges, transit, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure will create and preserve more than 300,000 jobs in our communities.
The Green Energy Act, 2009 will help create 50,000 new jobs over three years.
Open Ontario’s proposed new water strategy would protect Ontario’s water resources and promote jobs.
We’re investing about $150 million a year over three years to:
We’re investing $45 million over three years for a new skills training program to help Aboriginal Peoples and northern Ontarians benefit from jobs in the Ring of Fire region.
To help with higher energy costs, we are introducing a Northern Ontario Energy Credit of up to $130 for single people and $200 for families annually.
This credit is in addition to the sales and property tax credits available province-wide.
The government will cut the deficit in half in five years and eliminate it in eight years.
Internal operating expenses will be frozen at or below 2010-11 levels.
To manage spending pressures and help redirect up to $750 million by 2011–12 to sustain public services like schools and hospitals:
2010 Ontario Budget
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