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Ontario releases progress reports to the public for the first time

Staff writer |
Ontario's cabinet ministers released progress reports detailing how the government is delivering on the priorities laid out in Premier Kathleen Wynne's mandate letters.

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As part of the Premier's Open Government Initiative, the cabinet ministers' reports were published online, bringing Ontario closer to its goal of becoming the most open and transparent government in Canada.

In September 2014, the Premier's mandate letters to ministers - 30 in total - were made available to the public for the first time.

Mandate letters outline the specific priorities for each member of cabinet and their ministry. Ministers were directed to work with one another on overarching priorities such as building modern infrastructure, poverty reduction, skills training and growing the economy.

Since September 2014, Ontario's ministers have made substantial progress delivering on the government's priorities, including:

Making the largest investment in infrastructure in Ontario's history -- more than $13 billion over 10 years on priorities such as roads, bridges and transit.

Helping provide retirement security for the two-thirds of Ontario workers without a workplace pension by creating a framework to establish the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.

Announcing the introduction of a cap and trade program to fight climate change, and the government's intention to link its cap and trade program with Québec, Manitoba and California's, consistent with the Western Climate Initiative.

Releasing It's Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment, and committing $41 million over three years to support its implementation.

Improving consumer convenience and choice while maintaining a strong commitment to social responsibility by expanding the sale of beer to 58 grocery stores across the province.

Hosting the largest international multi-sport event ever held on Canadian soil - the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games - welcoming more than 10,000 athletes and officials, and millions of fans from across the Americas and Caribbean.

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