Disability Rights

Doubling ODSP and OW Rates by the Second Year

  • Raising ODSP and OW rates immediately by 20% before doubling them in the second year and then indexing them to raise, at minimum, according to inflation

Overhauling Ontario’s Broken Social Assistance System

  • Scrap pay for performance and return to a model where caseworkers provide wraparound services to those in need of their assistance

  • Stop Ford’s scheme to privatize the delivery of social assistance employment service programs

  • Fix unfair and disrespectful rules for ODSP recipients so people with disabilities are not subjected to a different standards than those without disabilities

  • Restart the basic income pilot which was prematurely cancelled by Ford and continue to weight innovative approaches to social support

Fixing the Ontario Autism Program

  • Ensure clinicians and parents decide what services children receive rather than the government

  • Make the OAP fully needs-based, with no caps rather than their age, ensuring care follows individuals as they age

Supporting People with Disabilities

  • Fix the assistive devices program so people are not waiting months for critically important devices to arrive by increasing staffing and modernizing service delivery
  • Honour the implementation of all recommendations from the Onley report as Ontario committed to when it passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and work urgently on ensuring Ontario is on path to being fully accessible
  • Work with the federal government to deliver a Canada Disability Benefit that does not result in a loss of services to recipients and measurably improves the lives of Ontarians with disabilities
  • Stop forcing people to reapply for supports when they turn 18 and cut wait lists for services like respite care, employment training, life skills and supportive housing

Building 100,000 units of social housing over the next decade and expanding the lifespan of 260,000 existing units of social housing

  • Work with municipalities to build and upgrade social housing units so all Ontarians have access to decent, dignified housing in their communities when they need it, no matter their income

Investing in Housing First Strategy

  • Guarantee all Ontarians, regardless of income or ability, have access to safe, secure, and affordable housing
  • Build 60,000 new homes with supports for people living with mental health and addictions challenges, prioritizing areas local and individual needs and reflecting the lived experiences of women, families, Black, Indigenous and racialized people, youth, 2SLGBTQIA+ folks, and newcomers experiencing homelessness
  • Work to end chronic homelessness within 10 years by providing safe, accessible, supportive transition and permanent housing for Ontarians impacted by homelessness
  • Support all designed areas offering mental health and addiction support services in French

Electoral Reform

Create a Mixed Member Proportional Voting system

  • Designed by an independent group of citizens supported by a panel of experts and all of Ontario’s major parties

  • Will ensure every voter’s voice in heard in legislature and that all MPPs and major political parties have a meaningful voice, regardless of which party holds power

Political Finance Reform

  • Restore the caps on donation limits which Ford doubled during the pandemic back down to $1,600 and restore rules requiring people to declare they’re donating their own money

  • Ask Elections Ontario for a full review of political finance limits and rules, working with all political parties, as well as experts and concerned citizens

Tougher Lobbying Laws

  • Close loopholes that allow lobbyists to skirt conflict of interest rules

  • Implement expanded “cooling off” periods to increase the time before a former government insider is allowed to become a lobbyist, introducing tough financial penalties as enforcement

  • Increase transparency and ensure that the lobbyist registry is updated so the public can see all meetings attended by lobbyists and exactly who they met with

New Partner for Cities and Towns

  • Reform the Ontario Land Tribunal and stop private interests impeding legitimate municipal decisions

  • Look for new ways to strengthen municipal decision-making, including city charters and recognizing municipal governments’ legitimate powers

  • Pass Bill 121, the Municipal Representation Protection Act, which requires the government to give public notice, conduct consultations, and get the approval of municipalities before cutting the size of councils or changing, amalgamating, or dissolving wards

Long-Term Care

Making the Long-Term Care System Public and Not-for-profit

  • Phase out existing for-profit operators within eight years by not issuing and renewing licenses to for-profit long-term care operators

  • Redirect public dollars towards municipalities, not-for-profit homes and other public sector and community health care organizations, including funding for refurbishing and rebuilding to help them take over existing homes and construct new ones

  • Prohibit the closing of any beds by for-profit operators during the transition period to a not-for-profit system

Overhauling Home Care so People can Live at Home Longer

  • Invest at least $1 billion dollars into home care over the first four years of government

  • Match dollar-for-dollar home care funding from the federal government, and increase home care service volumes by 5% each year

Staffing Full-time, Well-paid, Well-trained Caregivers

  • Give personal support workers (PSWs) a permanent wage boost of $5 an hour over their pre-pandemic wages

  • Mandate employers pay PSWs for travel time and expenses to get to home visits

  • Pass the Time to Care Act into law, ensuring every resident is offered a minimum 4 hours of hands-on care and attention every day

  • Eliminate the use of temporary agencies, restrict part-time hiring in favour of full-time jobs, and mandate PSWs work at a single long-term care home or health care setting

  • Establish a dedicated fund for training PSWs and develop an apprenticeship program so PSWs are paid while learning on the job

Building 50,000 New and Modern Beds to Clear the Wait List

  • Meet the estimated number of beds Ontario will need by 2030, beginning building immediately

  • Following best practices from around the world, we’ll have smaller living spaces shared by groups of 6-10 people based on home-like settings within their community

  • Design standards that allow communities to build new long-term care homes that make sense for their local needs

  • Redirect public dollars towards municipalities, not-for-profit homes and other public sector and community health care organizations, including funding for refurbishing and rebuilding to help them take over existing homes and construct new ones

Guaranteeing Comprehensive Unannounced Inspections

  • Bring back the annual comprehensive resident quality inspections for every home that Ford cut and ensuring they are unannounced unlike with previous governments
  • Create a new accountability system to ensure they are consequences for failing the inspections process, including increasing penalties and revising the criteria for revoking licenses

Creating a New Independent Officer Called the Seniors’ Advocate

  • Have the Seniors’ Advocate identify and analyze systemic challenges that seniors face and make recommendations to the government and make sure families have someone to turn to when they see problems that need to be address
  • Mandate the collection of Race-based and socio-economic data and long-term care and home care staffing data to identify and address systemic inequities

Creating a Caregiver Benefit Program

  • A means-tested program that would provide $400 a month to informal caregivers who do not qualify for existing federal tax credit programs or respite care

  • Collaborate with Family Councils Ontario and the Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils to create standard toolkits and training materials that ensure every long-term care home has active and strong family and resident councils

Creating Culturally Responsive, Inclusive, and Affirming Care

  • Partner with existing community organizations to develop a comprehensive provincial plan for cultural appropriate care across Ontario

  • Partner with communities to deliver long-term care homes that reflect communities distinct needs regarding everything from food services to activities to religious accommodations, in addition to developing appropriate training programs for staff

  • Expand the number of community health centres and long-term care homes by and for Francophones

  • Partner with Indigenous Nations to support construction of homes that meet the culturally-specific needs of Indigenous people, as well as hiring and training First Nations, Métis and Inuit staff and ensuring seniors whose primary language is a First language can continue to speak that language in their new home

  • Implement 2SLGBTQIA+ training for staff and invest in 2SLGBTQIA+ friends homes and home care services

Establishing Provincial Standards for Home Care Services

  • Create a basket of core services Ontarians are entitled to receive, such as help with meal preparation, or nursing care to help with medication management

Education Reform

Ending Student Debt

  • Reverse Ford’s cuts to OSAP and ensure all students graduate debt-free by converting loans to grants and bursaries

  • Retroactively wipe out student loan interest for any student or past student who holds a provincial loan

Consulting Teachers On Curriculum Reform

  • We will ensure front-line teachers play a role in curriculum development, and have the time and support to learn it once implemented

Rebuilding the School Funding Formula

  • 90% of schools' budget comes from public Grants for Students' Needs (GSNs), all education workers' pay is drawn from this common pool
  • Roughly $13,000 per student
  • Change it away from a simple lump sum per student system
  • It's about changing how we fund student transportation, special needs education, etc. and not just adding more funds

Repairing Schools so They are Safe and Healthy

  • Clear the repair backlog within 10 years, which Liberal and Ford conservatives have allowed to grow to $168 billion, beginning immediately

  • Ensure all schools have up-to-date ventilation systems to prevent the spread of infection

  • Hire more custodians and maintenance staff and establish province-wide standards for cleaning and school repairs

  • Upgrade public school buildings to make them carbon neutral, climate resilient, and ensure new school buildings make international energy efficiency standards

Supporting Students Who Need Extra Help

  • Increase special education funding based on timely needs assessments

  • Learn from Demonstration Schools and help students who are deaf, blind or deaf-blind or students with severe learning disabilities

Protect Students from Sexual Violence

  • Compel universities to update their politics on sexual violence reporting to protect survivors and advocates from further harm

  • Ensure post-secondary institutions have properly funded, survivor-centred services and staff

Reducing Violence in School Workplaces

  • Continual problem with K-12 teachers experiencing violence from students

Fix College and University Funding

  • Scrap Ford’s “performance-based funding” and ensure reliable funding and faculty renewals at colleges and universities

  • Audit the sector to fix what Ford has broken and ensure the sector is strong

Respecting Education Workers

  • Establish a Partnership Table with representation from workers’ unions, school board trustees, principals and other education stakeholders to strength public education for the long term

  • Rollback the changes to the governance of the Ontario College of Teachers ensuring the profession is truly self-regulating

  • Improve school board compliance with health and safety legislation by working with education workers

  • Ensuring teachers play a role in curriculum development and have time and support to learn and implement it

Creating Thousands of New, Paid Co-op and Internship Opportunities for Young People

  • Invest in thoughts of new paid placements for post-secondary students to get real-life work experience
  • Double Ontario’s Career Ready Program from 2020 levels to Ontario colleges and universities can creating additional work-integrated learning opportunities

Reducing and Capping Class Sizes

  • Allow students get direct support and attention by capping classes from Grades 4 through 8 at 24 students, also reducing high school class sizes
  • Build Early Learning in out schools and capping Full Day Kindergarten at 26 and maintaining Teacher-ECE teams

Francophone Rights

Protecting French Language Schools

  • Respect the constitutional right of French school boards and scrap plans to take online course content out of the hands of French–language school boards
  • Review the process for approval of new schools to ensure that students are able to access French-language learning close to home

Addressing the French-language teacher shortage

  • Implement a Working Group on Teacher Shortage in the French–Language School system and follow through on the recommendations to help our French language schools thrive

Growing and Prioritizing Health Care in French

  • Expand the number of community health centres and long-term care homes by and for Francophones
  • Support all designed areas offering mental health and addiction support services in French
  • Ensure the Health Ministry makes French language access a key part of its planning process

Restoring the French Language Services Commissioner (FLSC)

  • Empower the FLSC to review government services according to the French Language Services Act and take action where agencies fall short
  • Track Ontario’s progress and shortfalls by empowering the FLSC to oversee sweeping data collection on French service delivery

Invest in a University of Sudbury that's by and for Francophones

  • Ontario needs more Francophone universities, especially in the North where there are much fewer local options for higher education

Climate Action

More Scientists in Government & Climate Policymaking

  • It's important to have evidence-based policy decision making; scientists have a lifetime of experience with their field, and their voice is therefore a crucial part of the conversation around climate policy.

Merging Ontario with Quebec and Manitoba's Hydroelectric grid

  • Compared to Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba generate and use more hydroelectric power as a percent of their energy mix
  • Therefore, connecting Ontario to these provinces' grids will allow Ontario more access to cheap, renewable electricity, reducing our dependency on coal and natural gas

Net-Zero by 2050, & 50% below 2005 emissions levels by 2030

  • These targets are consistent with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) targets, and under an NDP government will be enshrined in law

Creating Green Jobs Out of the Transition

  • To ensure no one is out of a job from the transition to renewable energy, an NDP government will invest in retraining and further education for workers in non-renewable energy dependant sectors
  • At least 25% of tax revenue from cap-and-trade will also go into this plan and the most vulnerable and remote communities
  • The target is one million jobs created over the course of the plan

Retrofitting Ontario's buildings to be More Energy Efficient

  • 5% of buildings in the province will be retrofitted every year to be more energy efficient
  • This will lower electricity bills across the board for Ontarian families

Cap-and-Trade Carbon Pricing System

  • Under a cap-and-trade system, the government allocates or sells a limited number of emissions permits to companies that only allow a specific amount of emissions per year
  • Companies are free to sell or exchange their permits among each other if they want to increase the number of emissions they can emit

Ban All Non-Medical Single-Use Plastics by 2024

  • Most modern plastics are made as part of the process in refining crude oil, meaning they rely on fossil fuel extraction, part of the process also generating refined fossil fuels used towards energy generation
  • Plastics are still essential for medical uses due to their sterile nature

A Provincial Water Protection Plan

  • Review all water-taking permits, especially for bottled water; companies like Nestlé who extract water en masse will be put under heavy scrutiny
  • End boil water advisories ASAP by investing into water infrastructure in indigenous communities and by protecting natural sources of water

Affordable Housing

Build 100,000 New Affordable Housing Units

  • A portion of these new units will be set aside for women and their families escaping violence.
  • We will also extend the lifetime of 260,000 existing social housing units.

A Freeze on Rent Increases Inbetween Tenants

  • The aim of this is to remove the incentive behind "renovictions", where landlords evict tenants so they can charge the next tenant more for rent.

2% Annual Tax on Speculative Properties

  • Over two years, we will introduce and phase in an annual speculation and vacancy tax on residential property, at a rate of 2% of the property's assessed value.
  • We will also close loopholes in the currently present Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST).

A Housing First Approach to Homelessness

  • The Housing First model gives homelessness people a home, so that they can proprely address the issue that led them to become homeless. As soon as people have a place to stay, tackling problems such as unemployment, substance abuse, or mental health becomes much easier and feasible.

Ending Exclusionary Zoning

  • Currently, Ontario cities' zoning laws only allow certain kinds of housing to be built. Dense and walkable neighbourhoods like you see in downtown Ottawa are often no longer legally buidable anymore due to zoning laws. Updating our zoning laws enables the construction of more affordable "missing middle" housing like duplexes, triplexes, and townhouses.

Restoring the Right to an In-Person Hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB)

  • Tenants deserve prompt and fair hearings to advocate for themselves legally speaking.

Addressing Unregulated Pseudo-Hotel Services Like AirBnB

  • AirBnB doesn't play by the same rules (lease, regulations on living conditions and evictions, etc.) as rental properties and hotels do
  • Traditional landlords are incentivized to evict tenants so they can charge short-term AirBnB visiters more

Expanding Healthcare

Universal Pharmacare

  • Coverage will complement existing public drug programs in Ontario, so you won't lose coverage

Universal Dental Care

  • We will work with the federal government under the new expanded healthcare plan to implement public dental care in Ontario

Universal Mental Health Care

  • OHIP will cover six sessions of therapy and counselling services, and up to 12 sessions if needed
  • Funding the training of more primary care doctors, nurses, community health care workers, and social workers in Cognitive Behavioral Theory
  • Reducing the waitlist for children's mental health to 30 days, investing $130 million over three years to implement this plan

Recruiting, Retaining, Returning, and Supporting Health Care Workers

  • Give Personal Support Workers (PSWs) a raise of at least $5 above pre-pandemic levels
  • Eliminate Bill 124, which prevents healthcare workers from negotiating a fair wage
  • Hire 10,000 PSWs, hire 30,000 nurses; Expedite recognition of nursing credentials of 15,000 internationally trained nurses

Healthcare Equity

  • Collect race-based data in all areas of health care to identify systemic inequities
  • Address the disproportionate impact on Black Canadians of HIV/AIDS, mental health issues, heart disease, hypertension, Sickle Cell, and stroke
  • Fully cover Hormone Replacement Therapy drugs, improve access to gender-affirming surgery
  • Make PrEP (HIV prevention drug) free
  • More community health centres and long-term care homes that are by and for Francophones, all areas offering mental health and addiction services will offer services in French too
  • Expand healthcare access to indigenous healthcare, with services being indigenous run and indigenous led

Clearing the COVID-19 Surgical Procedure Backlog

  • The current backlog in Ontario is nearly 20 million health care procedures (hip and knee replacements, cataract surgeries, colonoscopies, and mammograms)
  • Expand operating room hours over the evenings and weekends and hire more staff to increase hospital capacity

Addressing the Overdose/Opioid Crisis

  • Decriminalizing personal drug use so people aren't afraid to reach out for help
  • Removing the Ford government's cap on supervised consumption sites
  • Ensure supervised consumption sites provides recovering addicts clean and safe alternatives to toxic and deadly street drugs

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