Building a sustainable future, while protecting critical frontline services
Bay of Quinte – Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, is giving two thumbs up to the new PC Governments first budget. The 383 page document, introduced by Finance Minister Vic Fedeli, is aimed at protecting 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. We need to make sure families are being heard and quality careers are being developed and protected for generations to come,” said MPP Smith. “This is a plan that puts people first, while making Ontario open for business.”
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 in the Bay of Quinte 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 childcare initiatives ever introduced in Ontario, putting parents at the center of the decision-making process. CARE would help low- and middle-income families with up to 75% of their eligible childcare costs per year, including those for daycares, home-based care, and camps.
Dental care for low-income seniors is another key item in the budget. 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 the new program that will help Bay of Quinte’s low-income seniors.
MPP Smith is also pleased to see the development of a new hospital for Prince Edward County specifically mentioned in the budget as well as an expansion project for the high school in east end Belleville. There is also an Ontario Job Creation Investment Incentive to help businesses grow and create jobs, and a “Digital First” strategy to modernize Service Ontario’s top 10 transactions and other government services.
“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 Smith.
“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.”
Visit Ontario.ca/Budget to learn more about the 2019 Ontario Budget.