Northern Ontario benefits from investments in northern hospitals, schools and community services
Located across a huge geographical area, communities in Northern Ontario are diverse and creative.
In 2014, you elected us to build Ontario up. Since then, the Ontario Liberal government has supported strong and healthy northern communities through investments in regional economic development, education, health care and infrastructure.
But we are hearing from people that we need to do more. Northern communities are often underserved, lacking easy access to critical programs and services. The north is home to many Indigenous peoples, who face many barriers to fairness and opportunity.
That’s why the Ontario Liberals will help northern communities by enhancing access to child care, health care, home care and community services and by increasing investments in critical infrastructure. Our plan:
- Creates an independent gasoline price watchdog to protect consumers and ensure there is fairness in gasoline and diesel prices at the pumps anywhere in the province
- Increases investments in northern hospitals, schools and transportation
- Reduces wait times for mental health and addiction services
- Builds more long-term care beds and increases the number of daily hours of nursing, personal support and therapeutic care for long-term care residents to a provincial average of four hours a day by 2022
- Adds 5,500 personal support workers to Ontario’s workforce to provide more home care, prioritizing northern and remote communities
- Expands regional health services that support Northern Ontario families, such as NEO Kids and cardiovascular services
- Will bring the provision of northern highway maintenance services back into the public sector as contracts expire to ensure that these highways are cleared safely, quickly and regularly
- Invests an additional $500 million over three years to expand broadband and seek proposals from the northeastern, northwestern and rural parts of the province to improve access where it will have the most impact
- Builds on the $10 million expansion of the Northern Health Travel Grant, which helps people in Northern Ontario cover their travel costs
- Invests $20 million in the Rural and Northern Education Fund to improve education programming in small communities
- Improves access to mental health care services for Indigenous youth and those in remote communities
- Expands access to child care in remote communities
- Reduces electricity rates in eligible remote communities by up to 50 per cent, through the Fair Hydro Plan
- Promotes public safety and the protection of private property through the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services program, which provides protection to 90 million hectares of Crown land