Ontario government investing $342 million to strengthen the health and long-term care workforce.
Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy has released details of the province's fall economic statement.
Highlights include a $342 million investment to bring in over 5,000 new and upskilled registered nurses and practical nurses, as well as 8,000 personal support workers between 2021-22.
As well, the following year, Ontario will invest $57.6 million to hire 225 long-term care nurse practitioners.
The Ontario government also committed $4 billion over six years to providing all regions with access to reliable high speed internet by the end of 2025. .
As well, the province is pledging $30.2 billion over the next decade to build, expand and enhance hospitals.
Other highlights include extending the Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit to 2022, which would provide an estimated $275 million in support to around 240,000 people.
The government is also allocating $2.6 billion this year to repair and expand bridges and highways.
While there are no tax cuts in the document, the province is introducing a "staycation" tax credit, as well as enhancing or extending exisitng tax credits such as the Ontario Seniors' Home Safety tax credit.
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