Ontario Doubles the Number of Long-Term Care Inspectors

Today, Minister Paul Calandra announced the government has fulfilled our promise to double the number of long-term care inspectors in the field completing on-site inspections and responding to complaints more quickly to ensure every resident experiences the quality of care they deserve.

2022-23 Gas Tax Program

Minister Mulroney will announce that our government is providing more than $379.5 million to help 107 municipalities operate and improve local transit. The funding is being delivered through the gas tax program and can be used to extend service hours, buy transit vehicles, add routes, improve accessibility or upgrade infrastructure.

Your Health Act

Today, our government is introducing the Your Health Act, 2023, outlining the next steps of our plan to reduce wait times for surgeries and procedures and enable “As of Right” rules that make it easier for out-of-province health care workers to practice in Ontario.

With the Your Health Act, we are taking bold and innovative action to make it easier and faster for Ontarians to connect to convenient care closer to home, no matter where they live.

Ontario Building a Stronger Critical Minerals Supply Chain by Investing in Early Exploration

This afternoon in Sault Ste. Marie, Premier Doug Ford and George Pirie, Minister of Mines announced the Ontario government has invested $5.8 million to help junior mining companies explore for critical minerals used in manufacturing batteries for electric vehicles, smartphones, pharmaceuticals and advanced manufacturing technologies. This funding is part of the government’s Ontario Junior Exploration Program (OJEP)

Since our government launched OJEP in 2021, Ontario committed $29 million over four years to the program. This includes $17 million for all types of minerals, and a new $12 million stream dedicated exclusively to critical minerals exploration.

The third intake for applications for the Ontario Junior Exploration Program is now open! We encourage companies to get their applications in so they can start exploring for the mines of the future.

Family Fishing

Today our government is proud to announce free fishing during the upcoming Family Day weekend. Licences are not required to fish on Ontario lakes and rivers between February 18th and 20th.