Bliss Baker: Ontario Budget, What to Watch For

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Bliss Baker: Ontario Budget, What to Watch For

Premier Doug Ford and his government will present its 2021 Budget tomorrow, a year into the COVID-19 pandemic. We expect it to be unlike any Budget we’ve seen before – here’s what we’ll be watching for:

  • The Budget will focus on investments in the area of Long-Term Care – particularly the creation of new spaces. We’ll be watching to see if the Budget signals a new approach to dealing with this vital provincial priority.
  • Because of COVID-19, the deficit will exceed anything the province has experienced in the recent past. We’ll be watching to see whether the government will share the blueprint for a plan to reduce the deficit and put the province on a more sustainable track.
  • Finally, the Budget is likely to focus on looking beyond COVID-19 and toward the province’s recovery. We’ll be watching to see whether the government lays the groundwork for future investments in infrastructure, economic development, and job creation. We expect that the Budget will “set the table” for this discussion in the coming months.

Bliss is former chief of staff to the northern development and mines minister in addition to being an advisor to two Prime Ministers and various elected officials. Bliss also has extensive private sector experience as Vice President of the Canadian Bankers Association, public relations experience in the pipeline industry, President of a national industry association, and various leadership positions in the public affairs arena.