Some key takeaways from the Ontario budget
• Families will get a tax credit of up to $6,000 a year per child for daycare costs, a figure the NDP says won’t do enough to reduce costs.
• Health-care spending growth will slow, from last year’s increase of 5.3 per cent to roughly 2.1 per cent, though the province is offering dental care to low-income seniors and speeding up a plan to open new long-term care beds.
• Major funding cuts are coming to Legal Aid Ontario, and a task force will be established to find efficiencies in the public school system.
• By 2024-25, 60 per cent of operating grants for universities and colleges will be tied to performance outcomes, a huge jump from the existing figure of around 1 per cent.
• Municipalities will be allowed to legalize alcohol consumption in parks, tailgating parties will be legalized, and bars will be able to start serving liquor as early as 9 a.m.