The Ontario legislature passed 14 bills during a busy sitting that began on February 16 and ended today.
The number of bills passed -- which equals last fall's sitting -- makes the two most recent sessions the most productive in recent years. The bills passed will deliver major progress on key priorities by:
During the sitting, the government also introduced seven additional bills that, if passed, would:
As we near the halfway mark of 2016, indicators and forecasts show that Ontario's economy is continuing to grow and create jobs. Ontario's economy is forecast to remain among the strongest in Canada. In 2015, the unemployment rate dipped to its lowest level since 2008. The minimum wage increased and average wages grew faster than inflation. The province attracted half of all venture capital in Canada.
Ontario's high school graduation rate is now more than 85 per cent and postsecondary enrolment continues to climb.
Last year the province announced 325 infrastructure projects across all regions, which are helping to create good jobs. Year over year, the province continues to create jobs, most of which are full-time and in above-average-wage industries.
When the legislature returns in the fall, the government will continue to focus on legislative priorities that support its economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs.
The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
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