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Ontario budget promises free prescription drugs for everyone under 25

Ontario budget promises free prescription drugs for everyone under 25

"I'm proud that, we as a government, we're investing $11.5 billion more in health care generally throughout the system".

Ontario's budget includes a number of measures meant to help the province's indigenous communities access education and justice, among other things.

Tory, as it appears his pleas for firm commitments from the province for hundreds of millions of dollars to help fix his city's crumbling social housing and fund new transit lines went unheard.

This plan introduces a comprehensive package of measures to help more people find affordable homes, as well as increase supply, protect buyers and renters, and bring stability to the real estate market.

The budget includes an increase of $518 million in hospital funding, a three-per-cent boost. And it will increase the food allowance for residents of long-term care homes by six per cent.

"Many of them may be on contract up to until that point".

"We've locked in those rates over long periods of time to minimize volatility and risk", he said.

"If I'm a young person maybe this will impact me but it won't impact my parents", Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said.

The government, which has also been pushing for a national pharmacare plan, says it will be the first program of its kind anywhere in Canada.

Francesca Dobbyn, executive director of the United Way of Bruce Grey, said she was happy to see the province increase the minimum salary people need to earn - from $25,000 to $35,000 - before they have to start paying off the provincial portion of their Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loans.

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The budget promises an extra $9 billion for hospital construction projects over 10 years, and announced newly approved hospital construction projects in Niagara, Windsor, Hamilton, Mississauga and the Weeneebayko hospital replacement project in northern Ontario, as well as a new $2.5 million for the planning of an expansion to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto.

When asked if the province has the money for afford a plan of this size, Sousa was steadfast.

Ensuring that narrative gets out there in time for the June 7, 2018 election is essential to Wynne's re-election hopes. "It was already in the budget, it was already at the printer, when the NDP came up with the idea on Sunday", he said.

The program will cover common childhood medications including antibiotics, asthma inhalers, diabetes medication, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder medication.

"Caregivers endure significant costs to their own health, including high levels of stress and burn-out as a result of the challenges associated with caring for a loved one", said Wanda Morris, VP of Advocacy for CARP, who has been advocating for more caregiver respite support, among other financial supports.

The last time there was no shortfall in the provincial treasury was 2008 - just before the global financial crisis that led to the biggest recession since the Great Depression nearly 90 years ago.

The new pharmacare plan, officially titled OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare, was announced on Thursday as Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered the provincial Liberal's budget.

"College education will be pivotal to Ontario's success as accelerating automation and new innovations transform the economy", Franklin said. You need to have a plan that consolidates these eight different plans and provides the best coverage possible.

The plan is skilful politics (we'll get to what sort of policy it is momentarily).

Fedeli said the plan means children of millionaires will have their prescription drugs covered.