More affordability, so everyone can build their best life here in Ontario
To many Ontarians, 20 years of switching between the Liberals and Conservatives has only made life less affordable.
It’s harder to make ends meet, harder to pay the bills, and harder to get ahead.
Andrea Horwath and the NDP know there’s a lot government can do to make life more affordable.
Our changes for the better
Cutting Hydro bills by 30% for everyone
Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals didn’t run on a plan to sell off Hydro One, privatize the electrical grid and sell off a valuable public asset.
But that’s exactly what she did as soon as she was elected, and families across the province have seen their Hydro bills skyrocket while Hydro One executives pocket millions.
And the Conservatives? They started the privatization scheme the last time they were in power – they can’t be trusted to protect the public interest now.
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will:
- Return Hydro One to public hands
- Reduce bills immediately
- End mandatory time-of-day pricing
- Make permanent fixes to the system for the long term
Returning Hydro One to public ownership will help it serve the public interest again. Re-establishing independent, transparent public oversight will make sure of it.
Our plan lowers hydro rates by getting private profits off your bill and lowering the actual costs of electricity, instead of taking out a loan to artificially reduce bills prior to an election.
Andrea Horwath and the NDP have committed to funding the province’s one-third share of repairing social housing across Ontario, with the municipal and federal governments contributing their one-third shares as well.
We will build new affordable homes — 65,000 of them over the next decade. Andrea Horwath will sign on to the federal National Housing Strategy, which will fund the construction of about 20,000 units, including non-profit and co-op housing. Our 10-year capital plan will make additional investments to build the remaining 45,000 units. And we will provide the co-op housing sector with $3 million to seed co-op bid development.
Overhaul the government’s inclusionary zoning regulations, so they actually accomplish what they set out to do: require a certain number of affordable homes in new housing developments.
We will crack down on housing speculators who are driving up housing costs.
We will protect homebuyers from shoddy construction and unfair financial risk by reforming the Tarion Warranty Corporation. We will ensure, once and for all, that Ontario’s new home warranty system and regulator answer to home buyers and the public, not to private interests.
Protecting tenants and condo buyers
We will make rentals more affordable by introducing legislation to provide:
- Effective, reasonable, predictable rent controls that limit the use of above-guideline increases to “renovict” people from their homes
- A rent registry, so tenants can know how much a landlord has charged in the past
- Protection for renters who pay their rent and abide by their agreements
- Updated rules that recognize changing rental markets
- Guarantees that rents will remain affordable in the long term, while spurring investments in new, purpose-built rental buildings
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will protect condominium buyers from surprise fees and other issues. We will ensure that:
- Disputes can be resolved quickly, without long, expensive court battles
- Owners can expect transparency and accountability from condo boards
- Advertising materials reflect realistic costs and fees
- Owners have protection from shoddy or incompetent construction
Stronger protections for consumers
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will stand up for consumers with tough enforcement of the rules against predatory, high-pressure door-to-door sales. And as problem sectors pop up, we’ll expand the regulations to cover them.
We will fight “pink taxes,” where manufacturers and retailers charge women more than men for similar products and services.
An NDP government will bring stability and transparency to gas prices, based on legislation put forward in NDP Private Member’s Bills.
We will work with the federal government to ensure Ontarians can choose from fairly priced mobile, internet and cable services; that service providers promote them transparently; and consumers can end agreements without punishment.
Andrea Horwath will continue our fight against predatory payday lenders who charge loan interest that reaches hundreds of per cents annually. We will fix the law to limit costs to $15 per $100 inclusive of all fees
Affordable auto insurance
This is what we're fighting for
Together, we can change Ontario for the better. Are you in?