Protecting Ontario's Middle-Income Earners

Ontario Government Will Not Increase the HST or Gas Tax

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ontario will move forward with a robust transportation and transit infrastructure plan. That plan will not include increases in the gas tax, HST or personal income taxes aimed at middle-income earners.

Building new transit and new and expanded highways, roads and bridges is important to all Ontarians and essential to the province's short- and long-term economic growth, and job creation plan.

The Ontario government will continue to help people in their everyday lives, especially middle-income families, through measures that include: an increase in the minimum wage to $11 an hour effective June 1; a 30% post-secondary tuition grant; full-day kindergarten, which saves parents up to $6,500 per child; and a plan to lower auto insurance rates by 15% on average.

Since 2003, the Ontario Government has made significant investments in transit, roads, bridges, hospitals and schools. Highlights include:

  • More than 7,900 kilometres of roads and more than 950 bridges built or re-built;
  • 10 new GO Train stations and two replacement stations built;
  • 23 new hospitals built or underway and 12 major hospital projects currently under construction;
  • Nearly 650 new schools opened, planned or under construction, and 27,000 repairs to roofs, windows and boilers.

Assisting Ontario's families is part of the government's economic plan to create jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths - its people and strategic partnerships.