Celebrating One-Year Anniversary of Ontario's Government

Published on June 07, 2019

John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, is celebrating the one-year anniversary since Ontario’s Government for the People took office.

Along with the entire PC team, Yakabuski renewed his commitment to respect taxpayers, encourage job creation, and put people first. To date, over 250 initiatives have been implemented by the government, including charting a reasonable and responsible path to a balanced budget that protects the core services the people across Ontario rely on.

“Our government has been working day and night to restore trust in Ontario’s finances, invest in healthcare and education, and make Ontario open for business and open for jobs,” said Yakabuski. “Today, we can proudly say: ‘Promises made, promises kept.’”

Over the past year, the government has delivered on a number of campaign commitments that put more money back in people’s pockets, including:

  • Cancelling the punishing cap-and-trade carbon tax, saving the average family $260 a year and 4.3 cents a litre at the gas pumps.
  • Ensuring minimum wage workers pay no personal income tax in Ontario, saving them up to $800 a year.
  • Introducing one of the most flexible childcare tax credits for low- and middle-income families in Ontario’s history.
  • Improving choice and convenience for consumers by expanding the sale of beer and wine to corner stores, big-box stores, and more grocery stores.

“Everything we do, we do for the people. We have an opportunity to build for our future,” added Yakabuski. “I look forward to continuing to work with our government over the next year to make life better for the people of Ontario and turn this province around.”

Ontario’s Government for the People is working to make rural Ontario open for business and open for jobs. The government is working with Ontario’s farmers to cut red tape to help them save time and money, including modernizing the licensing and certification processes for agri-businesses. The government is further working to expand access to natural gas to help lower electricity costs, as well as improve broadband service in more rural and remote communities to help entrepreneurs enter the digital economy.

The province continues to work with rural partners to protect what matters most. It took immediate action to provide disaster recovery assistance to recently impacted areas, deploying an internal task force and delivering financial assistance to help keep Ontarians safe.

To support small and rural municipalities, the government provided $200 million to enable them to modernize their services, save money, and serve their residents better. It has also protected double-hatter firefighters to improve fire safety in rural municipalities, and scrapped the Green Energy Act, which ignored the voice of these communities in rural energy projects. Premier Doug Ford and the entire PC team will continue to work to ensure rural Ontario thrives.