Ontario's Government is working for the people to create an environment where businesses can thrive, grow, and create good jobs for the people. Statistics Canada announced this morning, employment in Ontario increased by 41,400 jobs in January. The gains included 34,000 full time positions and 7,300 part time jobs.
“Our government is putting Ontario back on track,” said Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “We are working hard to make Ontario the best place for businesses to thrive, grow and create good jobs. We are committed to working with job creators to ensure that we have a competitive business landscape that protects workers and creates jobs.”
The Ontario government is fulfilling its promise of making Ontario Open for Business. In the upcoming legislative session, the government will build upon its actions to connect more workers to good, local jobs while encouraging job creation, investment and trade both inside and outside of Canada.
Additionally, efforts to find efficiencies and streamline services by making sure all programs and services are relevant and effective, will help achieve fiscal balance and restore public confidence in Ontario's finances.
“Ontario is heading in the right direction,” said Smith. “We are making sure there are opportunities for our first-class workforce to compete on a level playing field. That is why we are focused on cutting red tape and keeping our fiscal house in order. Creating good-paying jobs for the hardworking people of Ontario will continue to be my highest priority.”
- Employment growth occurred in many regions across the province; year-over-year increases include Kitchener-Waterloo-Barrie (6.4 per cent), Kingston-Pembroke (5 per cent) and London (3.9 per cent).
- In 2018, the government saved $3.2 billion by finding efficiencies without compromising front-line services.
- The government has already reduced the deficit by $0.5 billion through reduced spending. Ontario is projecting a $14.5 billion deficit in 2018-19.