Government Passes 11 Bills During Spring Sitting
Legislation Passed Includes 2015 Budget Measures and Framework for ORPP
The Ontario legislature wrapped up its spring sitting today, with the government making significant progress on its four-part plan to build Ontario up. During the sitting, which began in February, the government passed 11 bills to improve quality of life for people across Ontario by:
- Establishing a framework to create a mandatory provincial pension plan, which will help ensure that Ontarians have a financially secure retirement;
- Delivering more convenience and expanded choice to consumers by allowing beer to be sold in up to 450 grocery stores;
- Attracting more business investments that will spur innovation and create jobs by expanding the Jobs and Prosperity Fund;
- Keeping Ontario’s roads among the safest in North America by introducing tougher penalties for offences such as distracted driving;
- Helping families make healthier food choices by giving them caloric information when they eat out or buy take-away meals.
During the spring sitting, the government also introduced another nine bills that, if passed, will:
- Give residents a greater say in how their communities grow, and expand opportunities to fund community services such as transit and recycling;
- Strengthen protection of the Great Lakes, which provide more than 80 per cent of Ontario’s drinking water;
- Increase protection for condominium owners, improve how condo corporations are run and ensure that condo boards are governed professionally;
- Set province-wide standards for the types of police record checks available across Ontario, and by directing which information can and cannot be released to ensure public safety and ensure personal privacy;
- Further ensure that the rights of injured workers and firefighters are protected.
When the legislature returns in September, the government will continue to focus on legislative priorities that support its four-part plan to build Ontario up, including investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
“Our plan is helping to support growth and job creation, and improve quality of life. I am proud of the substantial progress our government has made during the spring sitting to help ensure that everyone across Ontario has the opportunity and security they deserve.”
–– Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
- Ontario is making record investments in public infrastructure of more than $130 billion over 10 years, including $31.5 billion for transit, roads, bridges and other priority infrastructure across the province through the Moving Ontario Forward plan.
- Ontario’s deficit is forecasted to be $8.5 billion in 2015-16, the lowest deficit forecast since the 2008-09 global recession, as the government moves to balance the budget by 2017-18.
- Ontario has nearly 240,000 more jobs and its economy is 8.6 per cent larger than it was at the pre-recessionary peak.
- For the second year in a row, Ontario is the top jurisdiction in North America for foreign capital investment, ahead of Texas and California.
- Two-thirds of Ontario workers do not have a workplace pension plan, and many of them are not saving enough to maintain a similar standard of living when they retire. The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan would expand pension coverage to millions of working Ontarians.