The Reviews Keep Coming: Balanced Ontario Liberal Budget helps families and builds for the future

QUEEN'S PARK, ON, April 27, 2017 /CNW/ - Today's balanced Ontario Liberal Budget makes investments that will help families, create opportunities and build for the future.

College Student Alliance
"The announcement is an affirmative step for Ontario college students; it will enable them to take part in meaningful work that will help them gain the skills and experience needed to enter the workforce after they graduate."

Andrew J. Kriegler, President and CEO, Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada
"We welcome these important amendments as they will add teeth to existing IIROC rules. As a result of the Ontario Government's action, IIROC will be able to more effectively enforce its rules and hold wrongdoers accountable if they harm investors."

Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director
"Increased overall healthcare spending is good news for patients and health care workers."

Alzheimer Society of Ontario
"2017 Ontario Budget – great news for care partners and people living with dementia."

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Ontario Network of Expertise
"The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Ontario Network of Expertise (FASD ONE) is thrilled the Government of Ontario is investing $26 million over four years to expand support for children, youth and families affected by FASD. The six initiatives planned will help reduce the prevalence of the disorder, increase coordination of services, improve the quality of life for those with FASD, and enhance support for families and caregivers."

Gary Gladstone, Gladstone Consulting
"This is a great budget. Balanced, fiscally responsible and ensuring that no one is left behind. I am especially pleased to see the new Multicultural Community Capacity Grant at $3 Million per year for 2 years for new Canadians to help immigrants, refugees and ethnocultural communities navigate barriers and advance towards full integration and participation in Ontario society. This granting program will go a long way to provide culturally specific programming to aid in this settlement…and this is a wonderful way to integrate new Canadians and give them a solid start as they settle in their new home."

Elizabeth Mulholland, CEO of Prosper Canada
"Strong consumer protection depends on effective powers of enforcement, so these are very welcome measures – particularly for more vulnerable investors who are often targeted and will benefit from their deterrent effect."

Gayle McFadden, Canadian Federation of Students
"These are good things. We're excited to see these new programs coming in, especially when it comes to things that will address students' mental health on their campuses, recognizing that as we see tuition fees go up we see students requiring that help."

Allison Stephens, Technical Leader, Ford Motor Company
"The Mitacs internship program has given us the opportunity to build relationships with some of the best talent in the field. In fact, we hired one of the students right after an internship with us last year."

Chris Buckley, President, Ontario Federation of Labour
"It's encouraging ‎the announcements in regards to healthcare funding and in regards to child care spaces."

Linda Franklin, President and CEO of Colleges Ontario
"The government is clearly committed to producing a more highly skilled workforce. More people will enter the workforce with the qualifications and expertise to find long-term success."

SOURCE Liberal Caucus Service Bureau

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