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Published on Friday, February 24, 2017

MPP answers Halton Chair on growth

Says he's brought major funding increases to Halton

MPP answers Halton Chair on growth
MPP & Labour Minister Kevin Flynn joins Premier and other VIPs to cut ribbon for Oakville's new Hospital

By MPP Kevin Flynn, to the Oakville Beaver
Since taking over a municipal-provincial funding system from the previous Conservative government that was in shambles, the Ontario government has made tremendous strides to restore the high standard of services our residents deserve and can count on.

In the mid-1990s, funding to municipalities was slashed to record low levels.

As a result, property taxpayers in Oakville bore the burden of some of our most valued projects, including our GO Transit service.

It’s easy to forget the reality of those days.

As both a longtime resident of Oakville and as a Regional and Town Councillor throughout those years, I can vividly recall the challenges Halton Region faced to provide high quality services to residents of our community.

Looking at Halton today, we are seeing a complete turnaround in the municipal funding model.

Halton Region receives record funding and co-operation from the current provincial government — a sharp contrast to the years of lack of funding and support.

In fact, provincial transfers to municipalities have increased on average 264 per cent — higher than any other government priority.

Ontario is also actively consulting on better ways to work together to accomplish responsible growth for residents.

Since 2003, the Province has responded to growth in our region and continues to address the needs of Halton residents.

Thanks to provincial investments, Halton is served by three major hospital builds and rebuilds, including the $2.27 billion Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, the expansion of Milton District Hospital, and the redevelopment of Burlington’s Joseph Brant Hospital.

Construction is well underway at Oakville’s ErinoakKids facility, which will help support children and their families to meet the challenges of everyday life.

We’ve built new bridges and introduced HOV lanes on the QEW.

We brought in 30-minute GO Train service and we’re moving to quicker 15-minute service and cleaner electric trains.

We’ve invested in affordable housing, poverty reduction and childcare.

And we’ve made huge investments in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education, including apprenticeships, and our first university campus.

Investments like these help to make Halton the best place to live, work and raise a family.

We’ve accomplished so much already and it is crucial all levels of government continue to work together.

Link to story about Halton Chair Gary Carr's anti-growth threats is here: Carr threatens to stop growth in Halton
It is my strong belief that by working responsibly residents are always better served and the community thrives.
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