Party platforms by issue
Sidney Cohen with files from The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, June 11, 2014 4:28PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, June 11, 2014 4:41PM EDT
Here's a primer on what Ontario's four major parties have promised to do for jobs, education, healthcare, taxes, and transit and transportation if elected.
- Cut 100,000 public sector jobs over four years.
- A promise to create one million jobs in the next eight years
- PC Leader Hudak vows to resign if his million-jobs plan fails
- Abolish the College of Trade and loosen restrictions on skilled trades.
- Cut “eco-fees” for recycling and other restrictions on businesses.
- Develop the Ring of Fire in northern Ontario to create new jobs.
- Put skilled foreign workers on accelerated track to permanent residency.
- Allow private insurers into the workplace insurance market.
- Freeze wages of public sector employees for two years.
- Create a Jobs and Prosperity Fund of $2.5 billion over 10 years to attract Industry and businesses to Ontario.
- Invest $295 million in Youth Employment Strategy to create 30,000 jobs for young people.
- Put $25 million into promoting aboriginal businesses over three years.
- Implement a $75 million strategy to sell VQA wines at farmers markets.
- Invest $40 million annually in agri-food sector.
- Create a targeted tax credit, of up to $5,000 per new employee, for companies that create new jobs.
- Fund re-training programs for workers age 55 and over.
- Double the Employer Health Tax exemption for small businesses.
- Create a $300 million Social Innovation Foundation for young entrepreneurs.
- Implement a standardized grade 8 science test, revise existing standardized tests to focus on math.
- Increase class sizes
- Fully implement full-day kindergarten and eliminate early childhood education staff.
- Introduce 45 minutes of physical activity into the school day, including after-school sports.
- Revise the math curriculum and introduce a financial literacy program.
- Scrap 30 per cent tuition subsidy for post-secondary students.
- Invest $150 million in technology in schools (tablets, software, cameras, etc.) and professional development for teachers.
- Replace grade 10 civics and careers courses with experiential learning (e.g. co-ops), more support for guidance councillors.
- Commit $10 million to implement the “Experience Ontario”, a paid community work program for graduating high school students.
- Increase salaries for elementary school teachers, non-school board childcare works.
- Implement Full Day Kindergarten in all schools by 2014.
- Expand Student Nutrition Program to 30 schools for $32 million over three years.
- Revise the math curriculum and increase support for struggling students.
- Develop an entrepreneurship specialization in high schools.
- Merge schools with low enrollment.
- Commit $1.25 billion over three years to existing school repair backlog.
- Introduce 1 hour of physical activity into the school day.
- Keep 30 per cent tuition subsidy for post-secondary students.
- Create spaces for 15,000 more students in universities and colleges.
- Fund up to 1,000 more educational assistant positions in schools.
- Keep wage increase for child care workers promised by Liberals.
- Increase funding to daycare centres.
- Create a $60 million fund to help keep schools open, extend after-school programs, and put into renovations.
- Invest $15 million more per year in school nutrition programs.
- Freeze college and university tuitions.
- Make provincial student loans interest-free.
- Merge public and Catholic school boards.
- Redistribute funds within the education budget to increase funding of special education.
- Develop a healthy food program for schools.
- Build centres to treat patients with chronic conditions.
- Increase access to home-based care and long-term care.
- Specialty clinics will be allowed to offer more services.
- Offer patients more choice in how they spend their allotted OHIP dollars.
- Eliminate Community Care Access Centres and Local Health Integration Networks.
- Create a coordinated mental healthcare system.
- Reduce healthcare wait times for specialists.
- Every Ontarian will be guaranteed access to a primary healthcare provider.
- Increase funding to Mental Health and Addictions Strategy to $220 million over three years.
- Make vaccinations and newborn screening free.
- Increase funding for infertility services.
- Commit $750 million to home and community care for seniors
- Fund 20 more hospices.
- Invest in 25 new Memory Clinics for individuals living with dementia.
- Establish a Patient Ombudsman.
- Develop parking rate deals for frequent hospital visitors.
- Cut emergency room wait times in half by hiring 250 nurse practitioners.
- Establish 50 24-hour Family Health Clinics.
- Ensure that patients discharged from hospital and in need of home care get it within five days.
- Create a $1,275 family caregiver tax credit for families of seniors who live at home.
- Forgive up to $20,000 per year in student debt for doctors who agree to work in underserviced communities.
- Focus on developing healthy communities through improving air, water, and food quality and reducing pollution.
- Reduce energy prices by shrinking bureaucracy at Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation.
- End subsidies for clean energy like wind and solar power.
- Reduce personal income taxes by 10 per cent.
- Bring the corporate tax rate down from 11.5 per cent to eight per cent.
- Raise taxes for individuals earning over $150,000.
- Keep corporate tax rate at 11.5 per cent.
- Raise corporate tax rate from 11.5 per cent to 12.5 per cent.
- Cut small business tax from 4.5 to three per cent.
- Offer a tax credit for Ontario companies that invest in buildings and equipment.
- Negotiate a 15 per cent cut to auto insurance premiums.
- Remove the provincial portion of HST from hydro bills.
- Raise corporate tax rate from 11.5 per cent to 12.5 per cent.
- Double Employer Health Tax exemption for small businesses.
- Lower payroll taxes on small businesses.
Transit and Transportation
- The province will take control of all major highways and rail-based transit.
- Cancel all above-ground LRT lines and move some underground.
- Expand Sheppard subway and build express subway line connecting Scarborough to Etobicoke south of Bloor Street.
- Expand GO Transit service.
- Put $15 billion into transit projects in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area including a downtown relief subway line in Toronto.
- Invest $14 billion in highways, roads and bridges outside of the GTHA, including $1 billion for development Ring of Fire infrastructure.
- Continue to support projects already underway including Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Scarborough subway, Union-Pearson Express.
- Expand GO Transit service and support the electrification of GO Transit commuter trains.
- Allow single-occupant cars to pay for use of car pool lanes.
- Commit $29 billion to transit and transportation projects over 10 years.
- Prioritize downtown relief subway line for Toronto.
- Expand GO Train service.
- Support the Metrolinx “Big Move”.
- Widen 60 km of Ontario highway every year.
- Invest $1 billion in Ring of Fire infrastructure.
- Bring in new gas taxes and parking fees to raise $3 billion per year for transit services.
- Create incentives for ride-sharing and tax credits for public transit users.