Highlights from Ontario’s economic update: Health spending, roads and ‘staycations’

Queen's Park in Toronto on June 1, 2021. Nick Westoll / Global News

Here’s a look at some of the highlights of Ontario’s fall economic update released Thursday:


Home care: $548.5 million to help patients recover at home and support people with complex health conditions.

Long-term care: $57.6 million for more nurse practitioners in long-term care, $72.3 million over three years to hire more inspectors, $22 million on technology to share information between hospitals and long-term care.

Staff: $342 million to hire more nurses and personal support workers, $12.4 million over two years on mental health supports for health workers.

Other care: $17 million over two years to extend a program giving access to dental services for some seniors.


The province is projecting a deficit of $21.5 billion for the fiscal year, lower than the budget projection of $33.1 billion.

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Roads and highways: $2.6 billion to expand and repair highways and bridges. An unspecified amount of money will also go to fund the planned highways like the Bradford Bypass and Highway 413.


Ontario “staycations”: $270 million to give money back on accommodation expenses for travel within the province in 2022.

Seniors: $35 million to extend a tax credit for to help seniors stay in their homes.


Burial sites: additional $10 million to support investigations and commemoration of burial sites near residential schools.

Documents: Fees will be waived for families and communities seeking death records of children who died at residential schools, and for people seeking to reclaim traditional names.

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