Government Caps First Year in Office

MISSISSAUGA – One year ago today, the Ontario government won a mandate to bring about much needed change for the province with a commitment to work for all Ontarians. Since June of last year, the government has worked to create an environment to attract more jobs, to make life more affordable for everyone and to end hallway healthcare.

“A year ago, we started taking desperately needed action to once again attract jobs and job creators to Ontario,” said Oxford MPP, Ernie Hardeman. “By cutting burdensome red tape, eliminating duplication of regulations and challenging the federal government’s carbon tax, we are making Ontario the best place for entrepreneurs to start a business and provide good paying jobs to Ontarians.”

The government has also worked to make life more affordable for Oxford families by:
• Announcing over $500,000 in Oxford transit projects
• Announcing over $550,000 in Oxford mental health resources
• Introducing a Low-income Individuals and Families Tax (LIFT) credit
• Introducing a Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit saving families up to 75% on childcare
• Increasing local school board budgets by a total of $9,500,000
• Investing over over $2,670,000 million towards housing and renovation initiatives in Oxford
• Investing $3.8 billion over 10 years for mental health supports and addiction treatments
• Committing to build 15,000 new long-term care beds while upgrading an additional 15,000 more
• Implementing a public dental care program for low-income seniors
• Investing $63.5 billion in public healthcare, an increase of $1,352,500,000 over last year

“I know Oxford residents are also very concerned about local issues such as the proposed landfill in Ingersoll,” said Hardeman. “That is why it is so important that through our government’s Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, we committed to listening to municipalities so that they have a say in landfill approvals.”

“Every day, I’m honoured to be your local MPP and I will continue to work hard to make sure that Oxford is one of the best places in Ontario to live, work and raise a family.”

Media inquiries please contact:

Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford
(519) 537-5222