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Letter from MPP Mike Harris

It is truly an honour to have the opportunity to share how recent measures from the Ontario Government are improving everyday affordability and accountability with your tax dollars.

The 2019 Ontario Budget, introduced on April 11 2019, contains a detailed blueprint that balances fiscal responsibility with a commitment to protect critical public services for all Ontarians. This includes producing a responsible six year plan to balance the budget by 2022/23, which now stands at a deficit of $11.7 billion dollars, while increasing overall spending for health and education.

I am excited that we are also providing supports to parents and seniors. This includes the new CARE Tax Credit for families who earn less than $150,000 per year to cover up to 75% in childcare costs, and a program to provide dental care for low-income seniors who earn less than $19,300 a year or families under $32,300 a year.

Overall, Ontario’s government is committed to returning $26 Billion dollars to individuals, families, and businesses including $10 Billion dollars from eliminating the Cap and Trade Carbon Tax and bringing $2 Billion in relief to low-income families and individuals through the LIFT Credit. More information about the 2019 Ontario Budget can be found at

Locally, I have invited my government colleagues to Waterloo Region to understand local constituent concerns and share impactful government announcements. This includes the Minister of Municipal Affairs for a consultation with local township mayors on the Regional Government Review, and the Minister of Infrastructure for a major infrastructure announcement for rural communities plus the $1.6-billion in joint federal and provincial funding for critical public transit projects in non-GTA communities.

Lastly, it continues to be a real treat to participate in local events including the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival and Wilmot Heritage Day in New Dundee. I look forward to more spring/summer/fall events in 2019. In the coming months, I will also be touring local businesses in the townships and in Kitchener to understand what I can do at Queen’s Park to promote job creation and economic growth at home.

As always please reach out to my office at 519-669-2090 or if you have any questions or concerns.


Mike Harris
MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga

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