QUEEN'S PARK, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - More experts agree that Thursday's
Ontario Liberal budget creates jobs and helps people in their everyday
AL SPACEK, PRESIDENT, FEDERATION OF NORTHERN ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES AND
MAYOR OF KAPUSKASING
"The government also announced $100 million specifically for Northern
and rural infrastructure. I'm pleased for that. We need more support
DAVID KELLY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ONTARIO FEDERATION OF COMMUNITY MENTAL
HEALTH AND ADDICTION PROGRAMS/ADDICTIONS ONTARIO
"The continued commitment of Ontario's government to move the 10 year
mental health and addiction strategy forward, support for
community-based services, and steps to address poverty puts the
government on track to improve the health of all Ontarians."
MARK WALES, PRESIDENT, ONTARIO FEDERATION OF AGRICULTURE
"There's no better time to appreciate investments in rural roads and
bridges than springtime in Ontario. Farmers and rural Ontarians welcome
this meaningful investment in rural Ontario that will make travel
across our roads easier while supporting local economies and
construction jobs at the same time."
JULIE MAVIS, PRESIDENT, PORT HOPE AND DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
"It seems to be a positive budget for business in Ontario. Commitments
were made to keep taxes low, to increase tax exemption amounts for
small business, but most importantly a commitment of $295 million over
two years to make it easier for young people to find real career paths
through training subsidies for employers."
ART PULTZ, PRESIDENT, TIMMINS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
"The proposed budget features some positive items for Timmins area
businesses, and indeed for the provincial business climate as a whole.
The move to improve job accessibility for youth is a particularly
important item at a time where businesses across the North are already
struggling with considerable workforce issues. Further commitment to
improving Northern infrastructure is equally welcome, and we certainly
appreciate the efforts to allow further cost relief for manufacturers."
PHIL DORNER, PRESIDENT, ONTARIO REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATION
"[The proposed amendment to the Electronic Commerce Act] is great news
for REALTORS® as well as consumers across the province. If passed, the
amendment means that REALTORS® and consumers will have the confidence
to use efficient and accessible modern day technology during one of the
most important parts of a real estate transaction…OREA would like to
thank Minister Sousa and Premier Wynne for including this important
amendment in the 2013 Ontario Budget."
TOM REID, SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT, GROUP RETIREMENT SERVICES, SUN LIFE
"Sun Life Financial congratulates the Ontario government on its
commitment within the recent budget to implement Pooled Registered
Pension Plans (PRPP's) in support of the more than one million
Ontarians who need assistance to save for their retirement...We are
excited that Ontario is going to champion this important innovation in
AMY SICILIANO, COORDINATOR, THUNDER BAY CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL
"We know that people experiencing poverty are at greater risk for
contacts with the criminal justice system. Anything that helps lift
people's standard of living up is going to help reduce the crime rate
in the long run."
RENÉ BERTHIAUME, MAYOR, TOWN OF HAWKESBURY
"Un fonds de 100 millions de dollars a été annoncé pour aider les
municipalités rurales de l'Ontario et celles du Nord ontarien à
entretenir et restaurer les infrastructures routières et municipales.
L'Ontario a démontré son vouloir à reconnaître nos problèmes."
JOE DALE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ONTARIO DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT NETWORK
"It should be seen as significant that employment for people with
disabilities received the attention it did in the provincial budget.
The spotlight, so to speak, is encouraging in that the importance of
this issue has risen to the surface with the provincial government."
DAVE BRYANS, CEO, ONTARIO CONVENIENCE STORES ASSOCIATION
"On behalf of the OCSA, I would like to commend the Ontario government
for taking appropriate steps towards combatting this serious issue.
Contraband tobacco is not only a major issue for our 7,500 retailers
HENRY VAN ANKUM, CHAIR, GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO
"A two per cent mandate in the province of Ontario will create demand
for 160 million litres of renewable diesel, which means a potential
soybean usage of 680,000 tonnes. Our organization looks forward to
working closely with government over the next few months to develop
biofuel policy that benefits the province and our members."
MARGARET HANCOCK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FAMILY SERVICE TORONTO
"Allowing people on OW who are able to work to keep $200 of their
monthly earnings is a significant and overdue rule change. Raising the
savings and asset limits of people on OW is also a step in the right
CAROL WILDING, PRESIDENT & CEO, TORONTO REGION BOARD OF TRADE
"We view today's Budget announcement of HOT lanes as an encouraging
small step toward addressing the financing challenges impeding regional
transportation expansion. We expect this new tool will be dedicated to
the GTHA and The Big Move plan."
RON GAGNON, PRESIDENT & CEO, SAULT AREA HOSPITAL,
"[The investment in home care] allows people to stay home longer, it
allows people to get home quicker and get care at home. Pretty much
anybody I've ever talked to, that's where they'd rather be instead of
in a hospital bed or a long-term care bed."
KEVIN SMITH, SUPERVISOR OF NIAGARA HEALTH SYSTEM
"[The investment in home care] is absolutely what the whole system has
been asking for. Obviously it allows what patients and families most
want—to stay independent and in their homes as long as possible, and
really allows us to look at the best care in the place where patients
want to receive it and it's, frankly, also a less costly options than
hospitals and other facilities."
DAVID MUSYJ, PRESIDENT & CEO, WINDSOR REGIONAL HOSPITAL
"That's very positive at a time the hospitals are struggling with
respect to taking care of patients, and recognizing that a lot of these
patients could be taken care of in the community or at home, and
possibly either avoid a hospital admission or once they have been
admitted, facilitate a more appropriate discharge back home or into the
RANDY HOPE, MAYOR, CHATHAM-KENT
On the increase in social assistance rates: "That can be very positive
for the individuals and businesses alike."
RICHARD PATTON, PRESIDENT & CEO, CHEMISTRY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF
"The Ontario government has clearly heard the message that manufacturing
is critical to the province's economy."
JIM PINE, CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, HASTINGS COUNTY
"In these difficult financial times the province is acknowledging you
can get a good return when you invest in infrastructure. That's quite
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