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But their progress may be threatened by U.S. economic and tax policies

The centrepiece of the plan is a $465-million-a-year pharmacare program for children and youth

Ontario budget pledges financial sector reform

Government plans to study universal “best interest” duty

The budget increases the basic personal exemption by up to $3,000 for taxable income up to $75,000

The economy has grown at a slower pace than expected

Universal child care benefit boosts program spending

The impact of budget season depends very much on where Canadians live

On the positive side, consumers have more to spend and businessses benefit from lower energy costs

Planners encouraged; Concerns over ORPP

Ontario’s economy is expected to grow by 2.7% this year