The Liberal government continues with budget spending announcements despite the province being in a deficit.
Today, the education minister proposed wages for early childhood educators at licensed daycares go up by an average of $2/hour.
Liz Sandals says this hike would be bankrolled by the province to the tune of $269 million over three years. She says this is new money and not already allocated to existing programs or services.
The province would also tie increases to the Ontario Child Benefit to inflation.
But that would only happen if the budget is passed.
And she's optimistic, underlining if it doesn't pass on the first try, it will after a Liberal government is re-elected.
The minority Liberal government is expected to topple after they table the budget, not able to get NDP support. The Tories have already publicly announced they won't be supporting this budget.
This all comes as the province repeats its commitment from last year's budget to increase the Ontario Child Benefit by $100 in July.