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Ontario won't increase HST, gas tax

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Mar 14, 2014 - 11:14 AM |
The province said it won't be increasing the gas tax as part of a its transportation and transit infrastructure plan. File photo.

The province said it won't be increasing the gas tax as part of a its transportation and transit infrastructure plan. File photo.

The province said it is moving forward with a robust transportation and transit infrastructure plan, and it does not include increases in the gas tax, HST or personal income taxes aimed at middle-income earners.

Building new transit and new and expanded highways, roads and bridges is important to all Ontarians and essential to the province's short- and long-term economic growth, and job creation plan, said the province in a news release.

“The Ontario government will continue to help people in their everyday lives, especially middle-income families, through measures that include: an increase in the minimum wage to $11 an hour effective June 1; a 30-per-cent post-secondary tuition grant; full-day kindergarten, which saves parents up to $6,500 per child; and a plan to lower auto insurance rates by 15 per cent on average.”

Since 2003, the Ontario Government has made significant investments in transit, roads, bridges, hospitals and schools. Highlights include:
-More than 7,900 kilometres of roads and more than 950 bridges built or re-built; -10 new GO Train stations and two replacement stations built;
-23 new hospitals built or underway and 12 major hospital projects currently under construction;
-Nearly 650 new schools opened, planned or under construction, and 27,000 repairs to roofs, windows and boilers.

Quick facts:
- Congestion in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area is costing Ontarians at least $6 billion a year in the region alone. That cost is projected to rise to $15 billion by 2031.
-The 30-per-cent-off Ontario Tuition grant saves students $1,730 on tuition in post-secondary degree programs and $790 for students in diploma or certificate programs.
-Ontario families can save up to $6,500 per year in child care costs by enrolling their child in full-day kindergarten.
-The government now funds 21 vaccines – up from 8 in 2003, saving families an average of $2,500 per child.
-The government is moving forward with a made-in-Ontario plan to help workers save enough for a comfortable retirement.

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