• Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario to Release 2021 Budget on March 24

March 11, 2021

TORONTO — The Ontario government will continue to focus on protecting people's health and jobs through the COVID-19 pandemic when Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, releases the 2021 Ontario Budget on March 24. The Budget will support the province's comprehensive vaccine distribution plan, along with providing additional resources for the health care sector and initiatives to protect the economic well-being of families, workers and employers. "Our focus has got to be protecting health and jobs today," said Minister Bethlenfalvy. "Even though the light at the end of the tunnel shines brighter with each person that is vaccinated, we are going to take nothing for granted. This caution is necessary to save lives. And it's also necessary for our economic and fiscal recovery, because as I often say, without healthy people, you can't have a healthy economy. So, we'll defeat the virus by working together. And when we do, our collective efforts will turn to unleashing the growth that we are going to count on for a strong recovery." Since the 2020 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover, Ontario has invested an additional $2.6 billion to protect and support people's health and economic well-being, which includes:

  • Launching Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine strategy and administering nearly one million vaccines as of March 10, 2021

  • Making more than $1 billion in payments to small businesses that were required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown through the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, with grants starting from