2017 Ontario Budget Brief

The Ontario government made health care the centrepiece of its first balanced budget Thursday, investing $7 billion of new money over three years to reduce wait times, improve care at hospitals and launch a free prescription drug program for all Ontarians 24 years and younger.

The new universal drug program is the first of its kind in Canada, and one of several new measures in the $141.1-billion in Ontario’s pre-election budget.

NATIONAL’s Jane Taber, Vice-President in the Toronto office, presents the budget’s key highlights in the latest NATIONAL Bulletin.



Jane Taber is a veteran political journalist and columnist. She joined NATIONAL in September 2016 after spending nearly two years reporting from the Globe and Mail’s Queen’s Park bureau. Before that, she was in the Globe’s Parliamentary bureau as Senior Political Writer.