#JohnTory, #legalizationofmarijuana #2018federalbudget, #JustinTrudeau, #BillMorneau, #RentalConstructionFinancingInitiative, #ReliefLine, #waterfronttransit, #EglintonEastLRT
Toronto, Feb 28 (Canadian-Media): The 2018 federal budget addressed many of the pressing issues such as investment in housing, child care, poverty reduction, skills, equity and innovation, and public safety, media reports said.
Toronto Mayor John Tory issued the following statement on the 2018 federal budget:
"The 2018 federal budget addresses many of the pressing issues we are facing here in Toronto.
Housing, transit, inclusion, opportunity and innovation are all key priorities for the success of Toronto and the wellbeing of our residents. When Toronto succeeds in these areas, Canada succeeds.
I want to thank Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau for delivering a budget that invests in housing, child care, poverty reduction, skills, equity and innovation, and public safety. We look forward to seeing more details about the impacts of this budget in the coming days and to continuing our work with the federal government to address the realities faced by large cities across Canada.
As the biggest and most-diverse city in the country, the federal government's commitment to improving equity, inclusion, affordability, and education will have a positive impact for our residents and our success as Canada's economic engine.
By pledging an additional $1.25 billion in loans to the Rental Construction Financing Initiative over the next three years, the budget will help create more rental housing right here in Toronto and will help us to keep the city affordable.
I'm glad to see the budget reiterates the federal government's commitment that a substantial portion of revenue from the legalization of marijuana should go towards municipalities. As I have said many times, cities are on the front lines of legalization and must receive the resources to contend with its realities. We must be kept whole.
Also, I welcome the commitment to invest millions to help address the opioid crisis including funding for treatment and addictions programs.
Finally, the 2018 budget continues the transit and housing infrastructure investments made in the past two federal budgets. I look forward to continuing discussions with the provincial government ahead of the next Ontario budget on how they can match the federal government's investments to help maximize our progress on building Toronto's transit network plan including the Relief Line, waterfront transit, and the Eglinton East LRT."
#Ontario'sPre-Budgetconsultations, #CharlesSousa, #YvanBaker, #Cristina Martins, #HanDong, #BudgetTalks, #Ontario, #Canada
Ottawa, Jan 22 (Canadian-Media): Ontario's Pre-Budget consultations kicked off today in Toronto with Ontario, being the first Canadian province to commit to funding ideas submitted by the public as part of its budget process, by February 9, 2018, media reports said.
“The budget affects everyone in Ontario. We want to hear your priorities, discuss your concerns, and understand what investments are most important to your community. Your opinions and ideas will help us develop a budget that reflects all of Ontario, and that supports greater fairness and opportunity for people across the province” Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance was reported to state.
in today's Ontario's Pre-Budget consultations Sousa and Yvan Baker, Parliamentary Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Finance,were joined by MPPs Cristina Martins and Han Dong over the coming weeks in Windsor, London, Thornhill, Etobicoke, Niagara region, Hamilton, Ottawa, Kingston, Oshawa, Brampton, Thunder Bay and Kitchener.
Through Budget Talks, an innovative online consultation platform, people would also be reportedly invited to vote by January 26, 2018 for up to three ideas suggested by members of the public.
“We’re making it easier for people to have their say and shape the policies and programs that will be part of Ontario’s future. These consultations are an important part of how we will ensure the 2018 Budget reflects priorities such as health care, education, fairness and opportunity,” Baker reportedly stated.
The selected ideas will be announced as part of the 2018 Budget and would reportedly be eligible for up to $5 million in funding..
Last year, 71,000 people participated in consultations that informed the 2017 Ontario Budget’s policies and programs.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#greenbond, #CharlesSousa, #KathrynMcGarry, #Ontario'sClimateChangeActionPlan
Ottawa, Feb 16 (Canadian-Media): By successfully raising $1 billion for infrastructure projects in communiy hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges across the province to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change Ontario has become the first province in Canada by issuing the largest green bond in Canadian history, media reports said.
“Ontario is proud to be a leader in environmental sustainability, as the first province in Canada to develop and issue Green Bonds. Promoting the largest Canadian green bond in the marketplace will raise $1 billion to fund and create more jobs, spur economic growth and combat climate change,” Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance was reported to state.
Charles Sousa/Facebook page
Seven projects in Ontario that would reportedly receive supports from proceeds from the bond are: Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Toronto; GO Transit Whitby Rail Maintenance Facility; York Viva Bus Rapid Transit in York Region; Hurontario LRT in Mississauga and Brampton; Joseph Brant Hospital Redevelopment Project Phase 1 in Burlington; Seneca College King Campus Expansion in King City and Finch West LRT in Toronto.
“The proceeds from green bonds are helping Ontario expand people’s transportation choices, manage congestion, and build a modern, sustainable transportation network to ensure our province continues to grow and to prosper now and in the future,” Kathryn McGarry, Ontario Minister of Transportation was reported to state.
These improvements would reportedly support Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan's objectives and help Ontario meet its target to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#JohnTory; NavdeepBains; FederalSupercluster
Toronto, Feb 15 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory issued the following statement on Federal Supercluster Announcement:
John Tory Credit: Facebook page
“I am pleased that the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster bid has been selected as part of the Government of Canada’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative.
The Toronto Region is a growing centre of innovation and technology, and this federal initiative will help further accelerate the economic growth, job creation and talent attraction for which we are known. The Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster Strategy will build on our region’s overlapping strengths in manufacturing and technology, creating jobs and helping manufacturers across Canada become world leaders in the application of advanced technologies, from artificial intelligence to data security and robotics. It will support the creation of new tools, test beds and infrastructure to create the next generation of jobs and manufacturing, and will ensure that our region continues to develop the talent and technology necessary to draw investment and customers from around the world.
I thank all of the private- and public-sector partners from throughout the region who developed this successful bid, as well as Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development, for his leadership in investing in the future of the Canadian economy.”
#Statistics Canada, #Ottawa, #Ontario, #part-time jobs, #minimum wage
Toronto, Feb 10 (Canadian-Media): Employment in Ontario declined by 51,000 in January, entirely due to approximately 59,000 part-time jobs being scrapped by Ontario in January, the same month when there was a hike in minimum wage in Ontario to $14 an hour in part-time work, Statistics Canada reported.
Statistics Canada, was reportedly formed in 1971 and headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario and is government agency of Canada entrusted with producing statistics to help better understand Canada, its population, resources, economy, society, and culture.
Statistics Canada: Facebook
There was not much change in the unemployment rate, Stastics Canada reported, which was 5.5 percent as fewer people participated in the labour market.
Compared with January 2017, employment in the province grew by 104,000 (+1.5%) and the unemployment rate declined by 0.9 percentage points.
That meant there was 3.4 percent or 46,100 fewer part-time posts in January 2018 than the same time the previous year.
Some economists said that an increase of minimum wage in Ontario by $2.40 per hour to $14 per hour at the beginning of the year could have resulted in mass job losses as employers look to reduce costs.
Although some economists reportedly felt that Ontario’s minimum wage increase played a role in those declines, but financial experts reported that it was too soon to know how much the two factors were correlated.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#KathleenWynne, #NAFTA, #CP-TPP #DelDuca, #Ontario, #ComprehensiveandProgressiveAgreementforTrans-PacificPartnership, #autosector
Toronto, Feb 3 (Canadian-Media): The following statement was released Feb 1 by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne following a roundtable with leaders from Ontario's automotive sector, media reports said.
"Ontario's auto sector is essential to our economy and to people's lives. It drives innovation and supports hundreds of thousands of families across the province. Today, Minister Chan, Minister Del Duca and I met with key industry leaders to talk about the future of our auto sector and the steps our government is taking to support Ontario's automotive businesses in this changing economy.
Canada's decision to sign the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CP-TPP) will bring new opportunities for trade, investment and job creation in Ontario.
But while more free trade with more global partners is a welcome development, we should not allow these new opportunities to be created at the expense of Ontario's auto sector. That would not be fair to the hard-working men and women who rely on these jobs, and it would undermine Canada's economic competitiveness in the years ahead.
Last October, I sat down with key leaders in Ontario's automotive industry to discuss the ongoing pressures from the U.S. that could impact our auto sector's success, namely concerns over NAFTA renegotiations. I made a promise to keep doing everything I can to support the businesses and people in our auto industry, which is exactly what I am doing.
In the days following Canada's decision to sign the CP-TPP, I have spoken with key stakeholders and leaders in Ontario's auto industry. I have listened to their views as to the challenges and opportunities the CP-TPP creates for Ontario, and reassured them that I will continue to advocate for and support this important sector. We are working closely with our federal partners to understand the potential impacts of the CP-TPP, and continue to tirelessly promote Ontario's interests at the NAFTA negotiating tables.
Today, I heard from many in our auto industry about the impact of the new CP-TPP, ongoing NAFTA negotiations and the implications of U.S. tax reforms. I deeply value the honest, expert advice and perspective they offer. I share their concerns. And I know we will find a way forward. I leave today's roundtable more committed than ever to standing up for the people and businesses that depend on the province's auto sector. Our work together will achieve the best possible deal for Ontario, and a competitive auto sector for the decades ahead."
#Charles Sousa, #Ontario, #Canada
Ottawa, Feb 3 (Canadian-Media): Starting from April 2018, Ontario is giving access to 87 more grocery stores selling beer and cider to facilitate convenience and choice across the province, media reports said.
Selection of grocers for this grocers reportedly involved a competitive bidding by 200 grocery stores, who already had authority to sell beer and cider which increased the total number of Ontario grocery stores authorized to sell beer and cider to 370, up to 70 of which could also sell wine.
Ultimately, beer and cider will be available in up to 450 grocery stores, including up to 300 that will also sell wine.
“The rollout of beer and cider in grocery stores has increased convenience for consumers and expanded opportunities for grocers, breweries and cideries to grow their businesses and create more jobs” Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance was reported to state.
Charles Sousa: Facebook
Ontario maintains a strong commitment to social responsibility and grocers selling beer, cider or wine reportedly must follow standard hours of sale, have lawfully designated sales areas, abide by package size and alcohol content, and adhere to staffing and social responsibility training requirements.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)