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Mayor Responds To 2013 Ontario Budget

May 3, 2013 -

Sent on behalf of the Mayor's office

Yesterday at Queen's Park the Ontario government released its 2013 provincial budget. The budget outlined several things that could impact the Kingston community.

"I am encouraged to see the government continuing the social services upload, and investing in our local youth and businesses," said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. "Unfortunately, this budget does not contain a change to the heads and beds levy, something the City of Kingston has been actively pursuing with the government since 2007."

Highlights of this year's budget include:

  • Establishing a Youth Jobs Strategy of $295 million over two years to create jobs and mentorship opportunities for about 30,000 youth and promote entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Investing in infrastructure for public transit, roads, bridges, hospitals and schools.
  • Reducing auto insurance rates by 15 per cent.
  • Helping 46,000 more people receive home and community care quickly and in the comfort of their own home.
  • Providing tax relief to small businesses by increasing their Employer Health Tax exemption from $400,000 to $450,000 of payroll.
  • Taking steps to transform social assistance to help more recipients find jobs and improve their financial security.
  • Honouring the existing social services upload agreement.
  • Creating a $100 million infrastructure fund for roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure for small, rural and northern municipalities. 
  • Support for public transit systems across the province will be made permanent and enshrined in the budget bill. The government will consider new revenue tools to support transportation and public transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
  • $13.5 million over three years for drinking water source protection. 

During the province's 2013 budget consultations the City of Kingston made a submission calling on the government to make changes to the heads and beds policy, deliver long-term sustainable funding for municipalities and invest in local infrastructure.

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For more information contact:

Mayor Mark Gerretsen

613-546-4291 ext. 1405