The $186 billion spending plan in Ontario includes $6.7 billion for pandemic preparedness. Small businesses will be eligible for a second round of grants from the government to help with pandemic-related costs.
Opposition critics, labour unions, and other stakeholders, on the other hand, claim that support for people is too slow, insufficient, or nonexistent. The budget, according to unions, is “trickle-down economics” and “the last thing that communities need.” The government has stated that it will provide additional benefits to families with children, women, and racialized Ontarians who have lost jobs as a result of the pandemic.
In a joint statement, unions claim that “obviously, education is not a priority for this government,” and that the budget “shortchanges” students and families. Officials say the budget includes $1 billion for provincial vaccination efforts and $2.3 billion for contact tracing and testing for the virus’s third wave, which has killed 1,200 people.
According to the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the budget promises to help businesses more than it does to help struggling workers. Environmental Defense criticizes the lack of green recovery plans that focus on climate change. Business, health-care, and industry groups all applaud the relief that has been provided for their respective industries.
According to the association’s CEO, long-term care spending “will make a meaningful difference in the lives of Ontario’s seniors.” Tourism, job training, and broadband internet support are all welcomed by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. On Thursday, the budget will be presented to the Ontario Legislature.
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