Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives were handed a second mandate on Thursday night in Ontario.
Members of the provincial parliament will not officially return to the legislature until September 8, but when they do they will hit the ground running, aiming to do as much of their first year in office as possible before thinking about re-election. Again.
Here’s what he promised:
PC soft-launched its election campaign with the promise of license plate renewal fee waiver and six months of gas and fuel tax.
In his 2022 budget, which served as his re-election platform, he also promised to increase eligibility for low-income individuals and households’ tax credits to $50,000 and create tax credits for seniors who are currently also stay at home and receive home care.
highways and transit
Ford is leaning into its new brand as a builder last month, committing to spending $25.1 billion over 10 years to support highway expansion projects in Ontario, including the expansion of Highway 413, Bradford Bypass and Highway 401 is included.
PC has also said that they will eliminate double fares when they move to Go Transit. It will affect most local systems with the exception of Toronto. Ford will continue to champion the “Ontario Line,” a new 15-stop subway in downtown Toronto.
The PC budget promises to build 1.5 million homes over the next 10 years. Some details are provided about what part of this dwelling will be considered an affordable unit.
The government previously implemented a 20 percent non-resident speculative tax and will increase fines and fines for “unethical” inclusive development practices. They have also said that they will make blind bidding optional.
There will be no change in the coverage of medicines under OHIP. Instead, the government will create an advisory table for “correction detection” of take-home cancer drug access.
The party has also said they will spend an additional $10 billion to build hospital infrastructure and add 3,000 new beds. They will also increase domestic production of personal protective equipment and vaccines as part of their “stay open plan”.
Most of Ford’s climate policies have an economic lens, focused on electrification and building electric vehicles. The party also promised to build a new provincial park.
Childcare and Education
PC made an agreement with the federal government to reduce childcare to $10 a day by September 2025 and promised to build another 71,000 new locations if elected.
The new government will also introduce a new science and technology curriculum, which includes de-streaming the Grade 9 science curriculum, for the 2022-23 school year.
The new government will increase the minimum wage by 50 cents in October.
Before the election, the government also enacted a law requiring employers with 25 or more employees to have a written policy on workers’ right to disconnect from their jobs outside working hours. They are also looking after health, dental and vision care for gig workers.
long term care
PC has said that they will be creating 30,000 net new beds in long-term care by 2028. They will spend an additional $1 billion over the next three years to expand home care.