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5 Things Friday

What your government did for you this week

Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan

 

On Thursday, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan to lower electricity bills by 25 per cent on average for families, farms and small businesses. Future rate increases will be held to the rate of inflation for the next four years.

 Our Fair Hydro Plan builds upon rate mitigation initiatives announced in the 2016 Speech from the Throne and represents the single largest electricity rate relief plan in the Province’s history. To learn more about our plan, you can visit www.ontario.ca/fairhydroplan.

 

Ontario Making Progress in Plan to End Violence Against Indigenous Women

 

Ontario, together with Indigenous partners, continues to make progress in its commitment to end the cycle of violence against Indigenous women and girls.

The province has released an update on its work with Indigenous partners to implement Walking Together:  Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women.

The strategy, which was released one year ago, focuses on raising awareness of and preventing     violence against Indigenous women, providing more effective and culturally appropriate programs and   services, improving socio-economic conditions that support healing, and keeping communities safe.

 

Budget Talks

 

This year, more than 81,4000 people participated in consultations to help shape policies and programs that will be part of the 2017 Ontario Budget - breaking a previous record set last year. Engaging the people of Ontario in the budget process is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. Thank you to  everyone who participated and lent their voice to help shape the 2017 provincial budget. For more updates visit our Budget Talks Website.

 

Partnering with Businesses to Provide Innovative Government Services

 

On Wednesday, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, Reza Moridi and Minister of Economic Development and Growth Brad Duguid announced that Ontario is inviting small-and medium-sized businesses to develop innovative solutions to challenges that will enhance government programs and services across the province. Eligible businesses can apply by contacting the Ontario Centres of  Excellence by March 31, 2017. Selected companies will be provided with funding to take an innovative idea and develop a working prototype.

 

Ticket Sales Survey: Putting Fans First

 

On Tuesday, Attorney General, Yasir Naqvi and MPP for Kingston and the Islands, Sophie Kiwala announced that Ontario is reviewing the rules for buying and selling tickets online to give fans a fair shot at getting tickets to see their favourite team, musical act or theatrical performance. Starting on February 28, fans can help the government develop new  legislation that would make the process of buying and selling tickets more fair and transparent by sharing their ideas through an online consultation. To participate go to ontario.ca/tickets and complete the survey.

 

 

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