What Doug Ford Ontario Promised?

Doug Ford’s progressive conservatives received a second mandate in Ontario on Thursday evening.

Provincial councilors won’t officially return to the legislature until Sept. 8, but if they do, they’ll likely run, aiming to get as much done in their first year in office before having to think about re-election. again.

This is what they promised:

AFFORDABILITY

The PCs softly launched their election campaign with a discount on license plate renewals and the promise of a six-month gas and fuel tax.

In their 2022 budget, which acted as their reelection platform, they also pledged to qualify for the tax credit for low-income individuals and families up to $50,000 and create a tax credit for seniors who still live at home and receive home care.

HIGHWAYS AND TRANSIT

Ford has spent the last month delving into its new brand as a builder, committing to spend $25.1 billion over 10 years to support highway expansion projects in Ontario, including Highway 413, the Bradford Bypass and the Highway 401 extension. .

The PCs also said they would eliminate double fares when switching to GO Transit. This affects most local systems, with the exception of Toronto. Ford will remain committed to the “Ontario Line,” a new 15-stop subway in downtown Toronto.

HOUSING

The PC budget promises to build 1.5 million homes over the next 10 years. Few details have been provided as to how many of these homes will be considered affordable units.

The government has previously introduced a 20 percent speculation tax on non-residents and will increase fines and penalties for “unethical” practices in developing condominiums. They have also said that they will make blind bidding optional.

HEALTHCARE

There will be no changes in the reimbursements for medicines from the OHIP. Instead, the government will create an advisory table to “improve” access to cancer drugs to take home.

The party has also said it will spend another $10 billion to build hospital infrastructure and add 3,000 new beds. As part of their “stay open plan” they will also support domestic production of personal protective equipment and vaccines.

CLIMATE

Most of Ford’s climate policy has an economic lens and focuses on electrification and the construction of electric vehicles. The party also pledged to create a new provincial park.

CHILDREN’S CARE AND EDUCATION

The PCs struck a deal with the federal government to lower childcare to $10 a day by September 2025 and pledged to create another 71,000 new spaces if chosen.

The new government would also introduce a new science and technology curriculum, including a destreamed grade 9 science course for the 2022-2023 school year.

VACANCIES

The new government will raise the minimum wage by 50 cents in October.

Prior to the election, the government also passed legislation requiring employers with 25 or more employees to have a written policy on workers’ right to work outside of work hours. They also research health, dental, and eye care for gig workers.

LONG-TERM CARE

The PCs have said they will build a net 30,000 new long-term care beds by 2028. They will also spend another $1 billion over the next three years to expand home health care.

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