Steady as she goes: not much changed in yesterday's provincial budget for the environment.
Most of the budget is devoted to the many achievements resulting
from past/ existing initiatives. The province is pressing ahead
with its Clean Energy Plan, continuing its
existing support for public transit, and funding some water
conservation pilot projects. The major impact of the budget is
likely to come from further reductions in the public
"In the 2009 Budget, the government committed to
reducing the size of the OPS by five per cent, or approximately
3,400 full-time employees, over a three-year period by March 31,
2012, through attrition and other measures. The government is on
track to meet this target. The size of the OPS will be reduced by
an additional 1,500 positions between April 2012 and March
In addition, public service delivery will be redesigned and
outsourced when possible:
"the government will establish a Commission on Broader
Public Sector Reform. .. the Commission will examine long-term,
fundamental changes to the way government works. The
Commission's work will include exploring which areas of service
delivery are core to the Ontario government's mandate, which
areas could be delivered more efficiently by another entity and how
to get better value for taxpayers' money in the delivery of
... the government will accelerate its efforts to make public
services more effective and improve value for money by
consolidating programs, services and back-office functions;
developing new ways to deliver programs; and optimizing the value
that exists within Ontario's public sector...The government
consolidate programs and services to reduce overlap and
develop new ways to deliver programs; and
seek to unlock the value of physical and intellectual
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