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  • June 02, 2017

Building a Fairer and Better Future for People in Cambridge and North Dumfries

Ontario Government Makes Significant Progress in Spring Sitting of the Legislature

Ontario is creating opportunity and security for the people in Cambridge and North Dumfries – and across the province – through a series of comprehensive measures introduced during the spring legislative sitting, which ended May 31, 2017.

These measures support good jobs, fair workplaces and better wages, prepare our workforce for the new innovation economy and make life more affordable for workers, students, seniors and families.

“While Ontario’s economy is strong and it is growing, people tell me they feel uncertain about their future in a turbulent world," said Cambridge MPP Kathryn McGarry.

“I decided to run for public office to fight for things to improve life for my neighbours, my community – for everyone.  I believe government can be and should be a force for good. Our government is bold taking action to help people feel more confident about the future. We’re investing in people, communities and businesses to build a better life for everyone.”

To help more North Dumfries and Cambridge residents get ahead and stay ahead in a changing economy, the government has announced actions that will make a positive difference in people’s lives. These are possible because Ontario has balanced the budget. These actions include:

  • Raising the minimum wage and creating more security for employees through landmark changes to employment and labour laws
  • Making prescription medications free for everyone 24 years of age and younger through OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare — the biggest expansion of universal Medicare in Ontario in a generation
  • Launching a pilot project to assess whether a basic income can better support workers and improve health and education outcomes for people on low incomes
  • Making it more affordable to buy or rent a home, expanding rent control and bringing stability to the real estate market through Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan
  • Lowering electricity bills by 25 per cent, on average, for all residential customers and as many as half a million small businesses and farms
  • Providing access to affordable, quality licensed child care for 100,000 more children, including 24,000 in 2017–18
  • Making it easier for Ontario businesses to grow and create more jobs by cutting red tape and reducing regulatory burdens
  • Creating tomorrow’s jobs today, and attracting talent and investment by funding transformative technologies such as artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles and 5G (fifth-generation) wireless networks
  • Continuing to stand up for Ontario workers and businesses by actively defending the province’s trade and investment interests with U.S. legislators and businesses.


  • Over the past three years, Ontario's real GDP growth has outpaced that of all G7 countries, supported by the government's strategic investments. Exports and business investments are increasing, and the unemployment rate continues to decline.
  • As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario plans to provide $9 billion in capital grants to support the construction of new hospital projects across the province -- after already starting work to expand and renovate Cambridge Memorial Hospital.
  • Through the new OSAP, Ontario is also making college and university tuition free for hundreds of thousands of students, and providing more generous grants for most students.
  • Ontario’s record infrastructure investment of more than $190 billion over 13 years, beginning in 2014-15, is supporting an average of 125,000 jobs each year.
  • The government passed 17 bills and introduced three more in the spring sitting of the 41st Parliament of Ontario.


17 Bills Passed and 3 Others Introduced During 2017 Spring Sitting of the Legislature

2017 Ontario Budget


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