This year’s budget plans to increase program spending by 6.1 per cent this year.
Ontario will run budget deficits of nearly $7 billion in each of the next three fiscal years.
Only New Brunswick and Nova Scotia created fewer private-sector jobs than Ontario, on average, each year between 2007 and 2016.
Ontario’s upcoming provincial budget will likely include a significant increase in government spending with an eye on the spring election.
The upcoming 2018 budget will send a clear signal about the Wynne government’s direction.
In 2016-17, the deficit was $0.991 billion but $6.276 billion was added to the net debt.
Ontario’s provincial debt nearly doubled from $157 billion in 2007/08 to $301 billion in 2016/17.
Since 2008/09, Ontario has seen its net debt increase every year by an average of $15.5 billion.
If Toronto’s housing market continues to cool there would be substantial negative implications for provincial revenues.
The Wynne government’s fiscal plan calls for an average of $11.8 billion annually in new debt between now and 2019/20.