The Government of Ontario has announced the 2018 Budget on March 28, 2018, highlighting the necessity of support for Ontario citizens with the rising inflation rate. The Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa, introduced the Budget into legislature and if passed offers investments into prescription drugs for older adults, mental health services, and childcare. Highlights of the Budget include;
- A Seniors’ Healthy Home Program, providing $750 annually to seniors older than 75 living in their own home.
- Improving hospitals through $822 million investment for 2018-2019, and a $19 billion investment over 10 years, aiming to reduce wait times, build more hospitals, and provide better access to care.
- Expanding OHIP+ to those over 65, making prescription drugs free to older adults.
- Making childcare more affordable by making preschool free from ages 2.5 until they are eligible for kindergarten.
More information can be found in the Government of Ontario’s News Release: https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2018/03/delivering-a-plan-for-care-and-opportunity.html
Source: Ministry of Finance News Release; March 28, 2018: https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2018/03/delivering-a-plan-for-care-and-opportunity.html
Date Retrieved: March 29, 2018