Anti‐Racism and Anti‐Hate Grant program – $1.6 million over 2 years to address systemic racism – by supporting community based anti‐racism initiatives focusing on anti‐Black racism, anti‐Indigenous racism, anti‐Semitism and Islamophobia – no mention of anti-Asian racism !?
$4 million to provide culturally responsive support to First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations. In recognizing COVID‐19 has disproportionately impacted racially diverse, newcomer and low‐income communities – $50 million to support targeted and tailored community outreach and education using Community Ambassadors, mobile testing sites, distribution of PPE kits, case management support to connect individuals to critical services and to safely self‐isolate. In addition.
To ‘defeat’ COVID-19 – $1 billion for vaccination rollout ( $50 million targeted for rural and urban Indigenous people ); $2.3 billion for testing and contact tracing in 2021 and 2022; $1.8 billion to provide care for COVID-19 patients and tackle surgical backlogs; $50-million boost for last years program for manufacturers of personal protective equipment and other supplies; hospitals getting $1.8 billion to help ease pandemic-related pressures; $1 billion to support municipalities with COVID-19 expenses; $50 million for cultural organizations and faith-based groups for costs associated with COVID-19; $3.7million to help remove barriers and provide safe, accessible transportation for persons with disabilities and older adults with limited mobility to travel to their COVID‐19 vaccination appointments – no mention of funded capacity for disaggregated data collection ?
Housing – $255 million for municipal service managers and Indigenous program partners to respond to rising COVID‐19 cases in shelter settings; $18.5 million over 3 years for the Transitional Housing Support Program to support victims of domestic violence and survivors of human trafficking; $13 million over 3 years to assist people with developmental disabilities in accessing community housing and to expand the Adult Protective Service Worker program to support them to live independently.
Long Term Care – $2.3 billion over four years to expand the system ( replaces $1.75 billion previously announced ) – for 20,161 ( ?? ) new beds for both “for-profit” and public facilities; $4.9 billion over four years for previously announced average of 4 hours of direct care per resident each day
Mental Health – $175 million for mental health and addictions support programs.
Policing – $8.4 million over three years to fund a crisis call diversion program within OPP to help divert calls to mental health services ( while investing $12.5 million over 3 years to enhance mental health services available to OPP staff !? )
Tribunals Ontario – $28.5 million over 4 years for new case management system – to modernize client interactions, provide comprehensive online dispute resolution services, enhance ability to monitor cases online and receive/submit documents electronically – no mention of access to justice or disaggregated data collection !?
Capital Plan – investments in transit, highways, schools, hospitals, broadband – additional $16.9 billion in 2021–22 – fundamental to made‐in‐Ontario growth, recovery, long‐term prosperity – no mention of employment equity related conditions or obligations attached with respect to all the many jobs that are being created !?
Families – Child Benefit doubled – a one-time payment of $400 per child and $500 per child with special needs; expanded Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses tax credit ( CARE ) by 20% for one year – which increases support from $1,250 to $1,500 on average; $2.1 million over 3 years to assist survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking; $18.2 million over 3 years to help address violence against First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and girls; a new $30 million for a Seniors’ Home Safety Tax Credit for 2021.
Children & Youth with Special Needs – $240 million over 4 years for more service capacity in early intervention and rehabilitation and Preschool Speech and Language Program services; $4.5 million over 3 years to support the Abilities Centre in Whitby to connect youth and adults with disabilities to employment opportunities.
Small business support – $1.7 billion for businesses that received the Small Business Support Grant can get a second payment – $10,000 to $20,000 – no need to re-apply; new $100 million Tourism & Hospitality Small Business Support Grant program for hard-hit businesses – one-time payments between $10,000 and $20,000; new Ontario Tourism Recovery Program – also $100 million – to help “historically successful businesses”get back on their feet; $150 million for a tax credit to encourage Ontarians to explore their home province once it’s safe to travel.
Job Training – Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit – up to $2,000 – for Ontario residents between 26 and 65; $85.0 million for the Skills Development Fund; $117.3 million to assist job seeking women, racialized individuals, Indigenous peoples, youth and people with disabilities; $157.2
million for workers in the hardest hit sectors during the pandemic – ie. hospitality and tourism sectors – to provide career counselling and urgent training; $60.8 million to upgrade and expand high‐speed internet and other digital infrastructure for community organizations, colleges and other employment training service providers; $194 million for employment and training programs and services that are responsive to the province’s economic recovery; $2 million for the development of a “virtual skills passport” that tracks learners’ credentials; $288.2 million for the Skilled Trades Strategy; and establish an Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee – representation !?
Long-Term Recovery Plan – $6 million annually for the Indigenous Community Capital Grants Program to address long‐term infrastructure needs and fast‐track shovel‐ready on and off‐reserve projects; $1million for enhancements to the Ontario Made program; $5 million over 2 years for the new Ontario Junior ( Mineral ) Exploration Program; $50 million over 2 years for the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation to support investments in infrastructure, culture, economic development and training; form a task force to address economic barriers faced by women; $56.4 million over 4 years to create a new Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network to accelerate the development of next generation electric, connected and autonomous vehicles and lower environmental and carbon footprint mobile technologies – doesn’t include Indigenous Peoples, peoples of colour, persons living with (dis)abilities, 2SLGBTQ+ individuals !?
Broadband Access – additional $2.8 billion to bring broadband to more people by 2025.