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Equity

Everyone in Ontario deserves to feel safe, welcome and at home, in this province we all share. No one should have to face or fear hate, violence and harassment because of the colour of their skin, their faith, their gender or their sexual orientation.

For Black, Indigenous, and racialized people in Ontario, racism and discrimination is far too often a daily reality and a maze of deeply ingrained systemic barriers. Additionally, in recent years, Ontario—along with the rest of Canada—has seen a rise in organized white supremacist hate, along with a rising tide of Islamophobia, antisemitism, anti-Black racism, anti- Asian racism, and anti-Indigenous racism.

For years, Liberal and Conservative governments have failed to take concrete, ongoing action to address the crises of systemic discrimination, racism, white supremacy and organized hate. The Ford government has only made things worse, cutting Ontario’s Anti- Racism Directorate (ARD), dismantling its working groups and looking the other way as organized hate continues to spread.

On June 6, 2021, three generations of the Afzaal family were killed in an Islamophobic terror attack while out on a walk in London, Ontario, leaving the youngest member of the family as the sole survivor.

For years, communities facing both structural discrimination and hate have been clear — political leaders must move beyond words to concrete, meaningful action to tear down systemic racism and eradicate white supremacy and all forms of hate in Ontario.

An Ontario NDP government will make the investments and do the work to dismantle structural racism in every sector in Ontario and push back against the rising tide of hate, informed by the lived experiences of, and in collaboration with, Black, Indigenous and racialized communities, as well as Muslim and Jewish communities.

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Implement a provincial anti-racism strategy, to be informed by race-based data collection across all provincial ministries.

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Appoint a minister responsible for anti-racism and fully fund the Anti-Racism Directorate into a full secretariat.

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Introduce mandatory anti-oppression and anti-bias training for all public employees and legislators that addresses anti-Indigenous racism, anti-Black racism, anti-Asian racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia and includes Indigenous education training for all public servants, including legislators.

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Adequately fund and support community organizations that are already doing anti-racism work.

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Establish an Ontario Anti-Racism Advisory and Advocacy Council that meets regularly with the minister responsible for anti-racism. For too long, anti-racism work has been separate from the needs of community and wholly dependent on the whims of the government of the day. An Ontario NDP government would establish a permanent Council that would ensure racialized communities have a seat at the table and a say about government policies that impact their lives. The Council would comprise of representatives nominated by community organizations and report publicly on their recommendations. While the previous Liberal government failed to build something that would last, and the Conservatives slashed funding to anti-racism work, an Ontario NDP government would invest in ongoing anti-racism work.

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Push back against the rising tide of anti-Asian racism through dedicated funding and education programs.

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Pass into law the Ontario NDP’s bill to make May 10 an annual provincial Day of Action on Anti-Asian Racism.

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Take urgent action to dismantle white supremacist groups in Ontario: Over 300 alt-right or white supremacist groups are reported as operating in Canada, many of them active in Ontario.

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Take on white supremacist, alt-right extremist, and other organized hate groups within the provincial strategyto address racism, by removing their abilities to operate in the province, such as prohibiting them from registering as non-profits in Ontario.

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Erect a Holocaust memorial on the grounds of Queen’s Park to ensure the atrocities of the Holocaust are never forgotten. We must keep alive the memory of the six million Jewish people who were murdered and the nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees who were turned away at the Canadian border, many of whom later perished in the Holocaust. And we must remember the other victims of the Holocaust, including Roma people, people with disabilities, those of diverse sexual and gender identities, and people killed for their political beliefs.

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Implement an anti-racism strategy in schools and post-secondary that addresses and fights anti-Indigenous racism, anti-Black racism, anti-Asian racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism, so that all children and students feel welcome and safe.

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Provide funding to assist religious centres and places of worship like synagogues and masjids with security costs, including cameras and the hiring of security guards.

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Immediately pass the Our London Family Act to combat Islamophobia, white supremacy and hate crimes in Ontario: The Ontario NDP collaborated with Muslim community leaders and organizations, like the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) on legislation that will enshrine in law concrete calls to action in the NCCM’s National Summit on Islamophobia. They include launching a provincial review of hate crimes in Ontario, tools for Ontario schools to combat all forms of racism; safe zones around religious institutions which are often targets of hate and intimidation; preventing white supremacist groups from registering as societies; and establishing an Ontario Anti-Racism Advisory and Advocacy Council, to make sure racialized communities have a say on government policies that impact their lives.

JUSTICE AND EQUITY FOR 2SLGBTQIA+ COMMUNITIES

2SLGBTQIA+ people in Ontario still face transphobia, homophobia, prejudice, and barriers to accessing services like health care, employment, economic opportunities, seniors care, and justice.

For decades, both Liberal and Conservative governments have largely failed to meaningfully address inequities and structural barriers people in 2SLGBTQIA+ communities often experience.

An NDP government will work with 2SLGBTQIA+ communities to remove barriers to the services and programs people need, and foster safety and inclusiveness in our institutions and public spaces, so that everyone can live with pride at every age and stage of their life.

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Launch a 2SLGBTQIA+ Inclusion Action Plan, so that government services like health care, education, and long-term care are inclusive of and welcoming to 2SLGBTQIA+ Ontarians. We will consult broadly with members of these communities, following the “nothing about us, without us” approach.

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Ensure diverse health care professionals from 2SLGBTQIA+ communities working in primary care are recruited and properly compensated.

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Make PrEP free: We’ll work to ensure necessary medications are accessible to everyone who needs them, including full coverage of the cost of all transition drugs and medications and improved access to other essential medicines, including those required to treat and prevent HIV, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

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Make long-term care 2SLGBTQIA+ affirming so people can always live with Pride: Moving into long-term care should never mean having to move back into the closet. We will ensure that 2SLGBTQIA+ people have access to long-term care that is fully affirming and inclusive.

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Funding and expanding shelter spaces and services for queer and trans youth and adults.We’ll increase shelter spaces and fund wraparound services for queer trans and gender diverse youth in need.

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Support 2SLGBTQIA+-owned businesses through our diverse vendor strategy and introduce a grant program to support 2SLGBTQIA+ community organizations to expand their programming and services.

GENDER EQUITY

Equity for women in Ontario is long overdue.

Women continue to face inequities and barriers in many aspects of society, from pay to employment, health care and education, parenting to economic opportunity. The pandemic has disproportionately impacted women, with women—and predominantly racialized women—making up the majority of workers in the caring sector, and many forced to give up their jobs or to work double duty parenting and supervising their children’s online learning.

Doug Ford has blocked progress on pay equity in Ontario, stopping the Pay Transparency Act from moving forward. He continues to fight Ontario’s midwives in court. He refused for months to sign a $10-a-day child care deal with the federal government. He has done nothing to help women recover from the pandemic.

Andrea Horwath and the NDP will work to eliminate inequities for women and ensure women have access to the same opportunities as men.

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Apply a gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) systemto ensure that all government programs, policies, and legislation are inclusive of all Ontarians.

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Update and enforce the Pay Equity Act, and move forward with the Pay Transparency Act, so that we have mechanisms in place to track and hold companies accountable for the gender pay gap.

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Repeal Doug Ford’s discriminatory Bill 124 which suppresses wages in women-dominated caring sectors.

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Stop fighting Ontario’s midwives in court and return a midwifery programto Sudbury to support Indigenous and Francophone midwives.

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Make contraception free. Cost should not be a barrier to individuals’ ability to make choices about their reproductive health.

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Fight gender-based violence and properly fund women’s shelters and transitional housing to ensure there are services and programs available to help women recover from intimate partner violence and abuse.

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Set aside a portion of the 100,000 units of affordable housingwe are building for women and their families escaping violence.

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Increase funding by 30 per cent to Ontario’s sexual assault and rape crisis centres and ensure women’s health facilities are adequately funded. We will ensure that women’s social service organizations have stable funding, so that they can focus on supporting their communities instead of having to continually apply for funding.

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Implement the recommendations of the Domestic Violence Death Review Committeeto prevent more Ontario women and children from dying at the hands of an intimate partner.

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Improve accountability for campus sexual assault policies and use a whole-of-government approach to end gender-based violence on campuses, in workplaces, and in the community through education, prevention, and training.

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Help working women by raising the minimum wage to $20 an hour by 2026.

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Fund 10 days of paid leave for women escaping violenceand ensure they can access additional leave without fear of repercussions at work.

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Provide additional funding and supports for more beds and staff to treat eating disorders, in response to the increase in eating disorders seen during the pandemic.

FRANCOPHONE CULTURE

Francophone culture is vital to our history and future, yet Franco-Ontarians often face disrespect and barriers to services like health care, education, or justice, in their own language.

The Conservative government has allowed deep cuts to services in French. Doug Ford got rid of the independent French Language Services Commissioner (FLSC).

An Ontario NDP government will prioritize and strengthen French language services, and work with the community to preserve Franco-Ontarian culture.

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Restore the FLSC, and empower it to review government services according to the French Language Services Act, and take action where agencies fall short.

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Data collection: We’ll empower the FLSC to oversee sweeping data collection on French service delivery, to track Ontario’s progress and shortfalls.

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Prioritize health care in French, ensuring the Health Ministry makes French language access a key part of its planning process.

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Expand health care services in French:Increase the number of community health centres, long-term care homes, mental health and addiction services by and for Francophones.

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Invest to ensure a University of Sudbury that’s by and for Francophones.