Ontario legislature to return Aug. 8 to pass budget: Ford

Southern view of Queen's Park (Wikimedia Commons)

Legislators in Ontario will return to the provincial parliament on Aug. 8.

Premier Doug Ford said the legislature will sit for about five weeks.

Their priority is to debate and vote on the provincial budget that was introduced but not passed before the spring election.

Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy has said the budget will be mainly the same as what was introduced this spring, with some changes, including an increase in Ontario Disability Support Program funding.

It will be the first session for many members elected for the first time this June as Ford’s Progressive Conservatives return with a second majority government.

The provincial New Democrats remain the Official Opposition though their seat count has diminished and their former leader has stepped down.