Despite Premier Ford’s rhetoric, government spending in Ontario will still be up markedly this year.
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Government-sector employees in Ontario are paid approximately 13 per cent more than comparable private-sector workers.
If the government exercises spending restraint, it can eliminate Ontario’s $15 billion deficit in roughly three years.
Ontario holds more debt than any other sub-national government in the world.
In 2017/18, Ontario’s net debt reached $308 billion.
The FAO projects a deficit of $12 billion due to higher spending and weak revenue growth.
Between 2007/08 and 2018/19, Ontario’s debt has grown from $157 billion to $325 billion.
This year, the government expects to add $16.8 billion to the province’s net debt.
This year’s budget plans to increase program spending by 6.1 per cent this year.