Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our EconomyPublished on April 26, 2021
Today, the Ontario Legislature passed the 2021 Ontario Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy. It is this government’s next step in the promise to do whatever it takes to protect people’s health and jobs during this crisis.
Ontario’s COVID-19 action plan now totals $51 billion over four years, including:
- $16.3 billion to protect people’s health
- $22.3 billion to protect the economy
- $11.3 billion in deferrals and other cash flow supports.
This government’s primary focus is to protect every life and every job we possibly can from COVID-19. Without healthy people, we can’t have a healthy economy. The 2021 Budget is the next phase of Ontario's response to COVID-19. It brings total investments to $16.3 billion to protect people’s health and $23.3 billion to protect our economy. Ontario’s COVID-19 action plan support now totals $51 billion.
As provinces across the country continue to battle the third wave of the pandemic, the 2021 Budget makes good on our government’s commitment to do whatever it takes to protect people’s health and our economy. Ontario has administered more vaccines than any other province or territory in the country, and we’re investing more than $1 billion to ensure we vaccinate every eligible Ontarian who wants to be vaccinated.
Vaccines are the light at the end of the tunnel. We have the capacity to vaccinate the people of Ontario as they arrive in the province. What we need now are more supply from the federal government.
The 2021 Budget also builds on the significant supports for families, workers and employers that have been made available since the beginning of the pandemic. It will provide tax relief that will help families with the cost of child care, help small businesses that have been affected by the necessary public health restrictions, help workers with the cost of training and encourage regional investment and job growth. The 2021 Budget spares no expense to finish the battle with COVID-19, building on the record investments to protect health and jobs during the pandemic and beyond.
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