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  • March 24, 2017

5 Things Friday

What your government did for you this week

Poverty Reduction Strategy Annual Report

 Ontario has released its Poverty Reduction Strategy Annual Report for 2016, which highlights progress made by the province in lifting people out of poverty in 2016. of the progress made include:

  • Reducing the number of children living in poverty by over 20 per cent
  • Delivering publicly funded, child-centred and developmentally appropriate learning to 260,000 four and five year olds through Full-Day Kindergarten, saving Ontario families up to $6,500 per child, per year in child care costs.
  • Helping approx. 39,600 individuals and families obtain housing and approx. 115,600 households at risk of homelessness remain in their homes through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative

The province will continue to build on this progress in 2017. For more information on the Poverty Reduction Strategy, please visit:


Basic Income Pilot

 Ontario is releasing a report that summarizes the feedback gathered from thousands of people across the province on how to design and deliver a basic income pilot. Basic income is a payment to eligible families or individuals that ensures a minimum income level. It is designed to help people meet their basic needs while supporting long-term social and economic prosperity and security for everyone.

For more information on the Basic Income Pilot, please visit


Ontario Investment Office

 Ontario has appointed Allan O’Dette, a seasoned business executive and entrepreneur, as the province’s first Chief Investment Officer. Mr. O’Dette brings years of private sector experience to the role and will lead the recently establishes Ontario Investment Office (OIO). The OIO provides a one-window concierge service for businesses looking to invest and expand in the province. 


Ontario Black Youth Action Plan

Tuesday afternoon, Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism, held a roundtable discussion with black youth, community leaders and youth sector service providers to talk about the implementation of the Ontario Black Youth Action Plan. The plan - released this month  as part of A Better Way Forward: Ontario’s 3 Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan - will help eliminate systemic, race based disparities for black children and youth.


Career Studies Course Update

On Thursday, Education Minister Mitzie Hunter announced 29 pilot projects across the province to      revise the current career studies course. The pilot projects will include the development of innovative learning opportunities related to financial literacy, entrepreneurship skills, digital literacy and career/life planning. Ensuring Ontario’s curriculum focuses on multiple career paths and opportunities for work placements is a key recommendation of the Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel report.



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