New Measures To Tackle Poverty, Build Opportunity

    McGuinty Government Helps More Low-Income Families Get Ahead

    TORONTO, March 17 /CNW/ -


    Ontario's plan for a strong economy includes supporting low-income
families so that everyone can have the opportunity to succeed in the 21st
century economy.
    The government will invest $135 million over three years in a dental care
plan for low-income families. Public health units, community health centres,
dentists and dental hygienists will provide prevention and treatment services.
    The Student Nutrition Program will be doubled with a three-year
$32-million investment to expand existing services. These programs currently
provide healthy snacks and meals for 400,000 kids across Ontario.
    Another $100 million will be provided this year to assist with repairs to
about 4,000 affordable housing units. Ontario municipalities will also now be
able to get up to $500 million in low-cost loans from Ontario Strategic
Infrastructure Financing Authority (OSIFA) to repair affordable housing.


    "Ontario is only at its best when all of us are working, building and
dreaming together," said Premier McGuinty. "Supporting each other is not only
the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do, and part of our plan
for a stronger economy."
    "We want everyone in Ontario to have the opportunity to succeed. Today
we're taking another step to help low-income families get ahead," said
Minister of Children and Youth Services Deb Matthews.
    "Our greatest resource is our people," said Minister of Municipal Affairs
and Housing Jim Watson. "Today's announcement means better quality affordable
housing and more opportunity for Ontario families."


    -   The Ontario Child Benefit rises to $600 this year, up from $250 last

    -   Minimum wage increases to $8.75 on March 31, 2008 up from $6.85 in


    Learn more about the Ontario Child Benefit
( Find out
where to apply for affordable housing (

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