Government-sector workers enjoy a wage premium of 10.3 per cent over workers in the private sector.
The projected deficit will hit $9 billion in 2019-20.
Premier Ford’s first budget called for continued nominal spending growth.
The Ford government now forecasts a $11.3 billion deficit this year.
Program spending this year is projected to be $17.7 billion higher than two years ago.
The Ford government tables its budget next week.
In 2018/19, the Ontario government expects to spend approximately $12.6 billion more than it collects.
Neither the McGuinty or Wynne governments balanced the budget.