A modern economy that works for everyone
Economies are changing around the world. Technologies are advancing, making new industries possible and sending others into decline. Climate concerns and the shift from a carbon economy are opening opportunities for many, but at the risk of closing doors for many others.
Andrea Horwath and the NDP believe that our economy should serve our people — all of our people. Economic growth and prosperity should be shared widely, not concentrated in a few hands. The working people who create that wealth should be able to support their families and plan for the future, instead of falling further behind. And as our economy changes, our provincial government has a responsibility to ensure nobody is left behind.
Our changes for the better
Better workplaces, better lives
For many Ontarians, work is low-paid, part-time and insecure, offering no benefits and little opportunity to plan for the future. Precarious, unstable employment is on the rise, and more and more people are holding down multiple jobs to make ends meet.
- We will increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour, and index ongoing increases to inflation, making it more predictable for families and businesses.
- Along with better pay and Ontario Benefits, we will require employers to provide at least three weeks paid vacation to every full-time employee.
- We will work to reduce workplace injuries and better support injured workers by making sure WSIB works for them.
- We will invest $180 billion in infrastructure over the next 10 years
- We won’t invest in wasteful P3s
- We will expand Community Benefit Agreements and ensure the government buys more of what it needs from Ontario small and medium-sized businesses
- We will overhaul the province’s supports for small and medium-sized businesses, coordinating them with our economic cluster strategy. They’ll have clear objectives with real benefits for Ontarians, such as overall employment, skills development, community benefits, regional growth, innovation targets, export growth, and co-ordination with local chambers and educational institutions.
Made in Ontario: A plan for auto and manufacturing Jobs
As the daughter of an autoworker, Andrea Horwath knows what a good manufacturing job can mean to a family.
Together with industry, labour and our college system, we will identify skills gaps and work to close them.
We will create a stream within the Jobs and Prosperity Fund to promote manufacturing research and development.
We will work with the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council and Ontario’s new Chief Investment Officer to create a “single window” for automotive and manufacturing investment. Ontario will be the premier destination for the next generation of auto manufacturing investment.
And by championing Ontario as trade deals are renegotiated, Andrea Horwath and the NDP will stand up for workers throughout automotive and manufacturing supply chains.
Starting up Ontario
Supporting good jobs in natural resources
A stronger agriculture sector
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will defend supply management for Ontario’s farmers, protect Ontario’s Production Insurance Program and lift the Liberal-imposed cap on the Risk Management Program.
We will work with farming groups to ensure young farmers can get their foot in the door. And we will expand the government’s definition of farming and food production to include new definitions such as urban farming.
Apprenticeships in the trades
Advancing arts and culture
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will stabilize annual funding for the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Media Development Corporation, and ensure it meets the needs of both new and established artists.
We will establish a new $50-million fund over the next five years out of the Jobs and Prosperity Fund to match TV and film industry investment in new studio space.
We will work with municipal governments to streamline zoning for new and expanded TV and film production facilities. We will maintain stable, predictable and competitive tax credits to bring productions to Ontario and keep those jobs here.
And our $10-million investment to allow libraries to give out passes to museums and galleries will move more people through those important cultural centres.
Revitalizing the horse racing sector
An Ontario cluster strategy
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will develop and implement a cluster strategy focused on bringing together all actors within a strategic regional industry.
We will bring together local small and medium sized businesses, large anchor organizations, their suppliers, local colleges and universities, and all levels of government to collaborate on strategies to enhance the competitiveness of our regional industries. While Liberal and Conservative governments have abandoned whole regions and economies, New Democrats will build on their strengths across Ontario.
Natural gas expansion to rural Ontario
Broadband Expansion Fund
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will work with businesses and post-secondary institutions to increase opportunities for lifelong training to ensure that people and businesses can keep pace with industrial and technological changes.
We will create a fund within the Jobs and Prosperity Fund to create opportunities for mid-career education, offering training for people who are working and those who are between employment.
And we will review and reform Employment Ontario programs so that they work for the modern economy.
This is what we're fighting for
Together, we can change Ontario for the better. Are you in?