- Provincial News
- February 11, 2015
Building Opportunity and Security for People
Wynne Government Marks Two Years in Office
After two years in office, Premier Kathleen Wynne's government has made substantial progress on its four-part plan to build Ontario up and create a fairer, more prosperous province.
Premier Wynne was sworn in on February 11, 2013. Since then, the government has passed two budgets outlining Premier Wynne's plan to deliver the strong, sustainable public services people deserve by growing the economy, creating jobs and eliminating the deficit by 2017-18.
The four-part plan is building opportunity and security for people across the province by:
- Investing in people's talents and skills
- Building new public infrastructure, such as roads and transit
- Creating a dynamic and supportive environment for business
- Building a secure pension plan.
To position Ontario -- and all of Canada -- for a more prosperous future, the Premier has also fostered increased co-operation among the provinces and territories, called for a stronger federal partner and enhanced outreach to international markets by:
- Calling for a Canadian Infrastructure Partnership -- a collaboration that would have an explicit objective of investing five per cent of GDP in infrastructure renewal, in order to drive productivity and economic growth.
- Working with Québec to build economic opportunities in both provinces, including a joint meeting of cabinet ministers, and agreements to work together to fight climate change and reinvigorate the Ontario-Québec Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
- Undertaking an international trade mission to China which is helping create more than 1,800 jobs; and opening the International Marketing Centre in São Paulo, Brazil to create more economic opportunities in Ontario.
- The government has passed 25 bills since February 2013, furthering its efforts to make a positive difference in people’s everyday lives and to increase transparency and accountability in government.
- Ontario is investing more than $130 billion in public infrastructure over the next 10 years. The federal government is investing $76 billion nationally over the same period.
- Employment in Ontario increased by 101,800 from February 2013 to January 2015.
- The Realizing Our Potential strategy released in September 2014 builds on the province’s first poverty reduction strategy by focusing on ending homelessness and providing a stable foundation for vulnerable Ontarians.
- The Premier has attended more than 500 events since being sworn in February 11, 2013, including conferences, roundtables, and community and campus events.