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5 Things Friday

What your government did for you this week

Ontario Fair Housing Plan

        Ontario is taking action to make housing more affordable for homebuyers and renters by introducing the Fair Housing Plan. This set of 16 comprehensive measures would help more people find an affordable place to call home, while bringing stability to the real estate market and protecting the investment of homeowners. These measures include introducing a 15 per cent Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) on non-Canadian citizens, non-permanent residents and non-Canadian corporations buying  residential properties containing one to six units in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan would also expand rent control to all private rental units, including those built after 1991, strengthening protections for tenants against sudden, dramatic rent increases. 


Ontario’s Pre-Apprenticeship Investments

        Ontario is supporting more than 1,200 pre-apprentices in 67 training programs this year, to help prepare them for successful careers in the skilled trades. Each year, Ontario colleges and other training organizations offer free local training for people interested in careers in the trades, through the province’s Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program. Pre-apprenticeship training helps people develop trade-specific knowledge, job skills and the work experience they need for careers in high-demand trades. 

 

ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge

        Ontario is encouraging high school students to change the world through the power of volunteering during the 10th ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge. The six-week challenge takes place from April 23 to June 3 this year, coinciding with National Volunteer Week. This year’s goal is for 39,000 students aged 14-18 to volunteer for at least three hours during the challenge. The challenge encourages young people to give back and get involved, and helps them develop important transferable skills such as leadership and teamwork. Encouraging young people to volunteer in their communities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. 

 

Natural Gas Grant Program

        Ontario announced the launch of the application intake for the $100 million Natural Gas Grant Program (NGGP), which will help expand natural gas access to more communities in Ontario. This program will help improve energy affordability and support economic development including for farms and agribusinesses in rural parts of the province, by supporting the extension of existing and construction of new natural gas infrastructure. 

 

New Rules for Water Bottlers

        The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has taken the next step to protect groundwater by finalizing new, more stringent rules for existing water bottlers. These new rules are designed to increase consultation, public reporting and transparency, and to ensure a sold, scientific basis for making decisions on these renewal applications.

        Ontario has taken four steps to protect groundwater including putting a moratorium on new permits for water bottling using groundwater until January 1, 2019 and proposing a new charge for water bottling using groundwater.

 

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