MPP Smith Pleased with 2019 Ontario Budget

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.

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Ontario to Invest in Highway Infrastructure in Bay of Quinte

Encouraging Job Creation, Investment and Trade in Ontario

Bay of Quinte — Ontario is putting people first by investing in Highway Infrastructure in the Bay of Quinte.

“I am pleased to announce there are two infrastructure projects taking place in Bay of Quinte,” said Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte. “These local projects will focus on the restoration of Highway 33 from Picton to Bloomfield and the Glenora region.”

This funding is part of a $1.3 Billion investment in transportation projects announced March 27, 2019 by Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation. These projects will help create jobs for Ontario’s construction industry and help keep our highways reliable so that our province has a transportation network that encourages job creation, investment and trade in every region of the province.

“We are delivering on our commitment to improve our transportation infrastructure and provide good jobs for our construction industry,” said Smith. “Our two local projects are part of 30 other projects planned for Ontario’s Eastern region.”

“As our government manages Ontario’s finances in a responsible manner, we are protecting services that matter most, including road maintenance,” Yurek said. “No matter what the service, policy, program or investment, our government puts people at the heart of our decision making. This funding is a clear example of that commitment. We are working to improve road safety for all Ontarians.”

The Ministry of Transportation is planning to proceed with 123 rehabilitation projects across the province.

“Our work is about investing in people, in safety, and in the success of Ontario. The government’s commitment to transportation infrastructure funding supports the continued success of Ontario’s road building contractors who have strong, proven track records and close ties with local communities, as well as supporting the provincial tax base. With the announcement today, contractors are able to plan their operations, hire staff, mobilize equipment and invest in supply chains and local economies across Ontario,” said Steve Smith, President, Ontario Road Builders’ Association.

“ORBA members build virtually all of the provincial and municipal roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure across the province and the road building sector directly employs in excess of 30,000 workers at peak season. The announcement today helps us continue our work with the government on connecting and enhancing the productivity of communities, alleviating congestion, and enhancing the safety of everyone who uses Ontario’s transportation infrastructure,” said Bryan Hocking, Chief Operating Officer, Ontario Road Builders’ Association.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario manages over 16,900 centreline-KMs of highway and more than 2,850 bridges across the province.
  • Ontario will tender 123 highway projects across the province
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Ontario Investing in Public Transit Improvements

Bay of Quinte – Ontario’s Government For The People is investing in critical transit priorities in the Bay of Quinte riding.

“I am happy to announce that a total estimated Federal, Provincial and Municipal contribution of $22.7 million has been allocated to the riding for transit projects that will lead to less congestion, faster commutes and more family time.” said Todd Smith, MPP for the Bay of Quinte.

On April 2, Bay of Quinte municipalities including Belleville, Prince Edward County and Quinte West, along with 84 other eligible municipalities, will be able to nominate their most critical public transit projects for consideration under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). This stream will fund construction, expansion and improvement of public transit networks.   

“Our economy, our communities, and our families all rely on infrastructure,” said MPP Smith. “The Public Transit Stream will build and improve transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way that people in Bay of Quinte live, move and work.”

Ontario’s government is working for the people to improve transit. Yesterday, Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure and Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation, announced the opening of $1.62 billion in shared funding for commuter-friendly projects.

“Our communities count on commuter infrastructure to get people to work and home again to their families,” said Minister McNaughton. ”Our government’s investment will make public transit infrastructure better, safer, and more accessible.”

The first intake of the Public Transit Stream of the 10-year infrastructure program will unlock up to $1.62 billion in joint provincial and federal funding for critical public transit outside the GTHA. In total, ICIP will unlock up to $30 billion in combined federal, provincial, and local investments in Ontario communities as part of a 10-year bilateral agreement.

Municipalities can easily apply for all ICIP funding streams using the Grants Ontario website, a ‘one-window’ source that handles application intake, review, nomination, reporting and transfer payment management processes.

“Our government is listening and has heard the infrastructure needs of our municipalities,” said Minister McNaughton. “We are committed to cutting red tape for local governments, while funding local infrastructure priorities in the province.”

Quick Facts

  • The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is a $30 billion, 10-year infrastructure program cost-shared between federal, provincial and municipal governments. Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent, or $10.2 billion spread across four streams:
  1. Rural and Northern
  2. Public Transit
  3. Green
  4. Community, Culture and Recreation.
  • Funding is allocated to transit systems based on their share of total transit ridership in Ontario as per the 2015 Canadian Urban Transit Association Fact Book. This allocations-based funding model was set by the federal government.
  • The application intake for the first ICIP stream, the Rural and Northern stream, was opened for an eight-week period on March 18. It is open to approximately 500 municipalities and Indigenous communities with populations under 100,000.
  • More information on future intakes, including for those municipalities inside the GTHA, will be available soon. Intakes for other streams will launch later this year.
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