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Quality public services you can count on

BETTER PUBLIC AND INTERCITY TRANSIT

Everyone in Ontario deserves access to affordable, reliable transit that gets you where you need to go safely.

Years of Liberal and Conservative cuts to public transit and service, fare hikes, long construction delays, and privatization have meant transit isn’t there when Ontarians need it.

An Ontario NDP government has a plan to deliver faster, more reliable, more affordable and easier commutes both within and between cities.

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Restore provincial funding for municipal public transit and paratransit systemsto 50 per cent of their net operating costs – a funding boost that will immediately improve service in communities across the province. We’ll work with municipalities to improve service, reduce wait times and make municipal transit systems more affordable.

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Move forward on fare integration so people can move seamlessly across municipal borders, and implement a two-hour, flat rate fare across municipal transit in the GTHA to encourage riders to return to public transit post-pandemic and help local transit agencies recover. We’ll ensure transit users can transfer from GO service to local services like the TTC at no extra cost.

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Improving two-way all-day GO service between Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto,and expanding year-round, daily-or-better service to Bowmanville, Grimsby, and Niagara.

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Extend the Hurontario LRT to downtown Brampton and restore the downtown loop as the line was originally planned.

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Make Metrolinx transparent, and accountable, to the public:We will ensure that Metrolinx proactively shares its progress and decision-making, including contracts, financing, and consultant studies. Board meetings should be made open to the public, deputations should be permitted, and the public and experts should be meaningfully and regularly engaged at all stages of key decisions.

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Increase municipal participation on Metrolinx boards: Give local municipal officials, transit operators, and planners seats on Metrolinx’s board, and ban consultants from executive roles. Make board meetings open to the public, and ensure Metrolinx is transparent about contracts, financing, and consultant studies.

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Eliminate “P3s:” Stop signing expensive and wasteful private “P3” contracts.

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Fully restore the Ontario Northlander, as part of our Northern Rail Strategy, and connect it with the Polar Express in Cochrane.

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Support the Huron Central and Algoma Central Rail Lines.

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Fill the gap left by Greyhound:We’ll work with municipal and industry partners to develop an Intercommunity Transportation Strategy to better connect communities across Ontario.

Transit investments are most effective when they are planned as part of a complete community. However, in cities such as Hamilton and Mississauga, Metrolinx and the Ford government have squandered opportunities, selling off public land to the highest bidder — with no provision for affordable housing, neighbourhood hubs or other community benefits.

COMMITMENT

An Ontario NDP government will require Metrolinx to make its surplus lands available for social and affordable housing— to the greatest extent possible.

BUILDING AND FIXING OUR ROADS

No matter where in Ontario you live, you deserve to be able to rely on safe, well-maintained roads to get where you need to go.

Liberal and Conservative governments privatized road maintenance, putting corporate profits ahead of road safety. People in rural and Northern Ontario have long had to deal with unsafe, unmaintained, and uncleared roads, especially in winter.

A New Democrat government will put road safety first. We’ll ensure that Ontarians can count on safe, properly plowed and maintained roads all across the province.

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Bring winter road maintenance back in house:We’ll end bad contracts with private companies, and transition to public provision of winter road maintenance.

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Make highways 11 and 17 priority roadways,designating them as Class 1 highways so that the province is required to clear them within eight hours of snowfall.

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Getting needed roads built: We will move ahead with vital road construction projects like the four- laning of Highway 69, Highway 11/17 and Highway 3, the Morriston bypass, the Thunder Bay Expressway Interchange Project, and the expansion of Highway 7 between Kitchener and Guelph.

COMMUNITY SAFETY

Every Ontarian deserves to live in a safe community, where help is available if they need it, and nobody is treated unfairly, with prejudice or violence, by those in authority. Many Black, Indigenous, and racialized people fear that an interaction with police can mean life-threatening violence. This must end.

Governments have neglected to take action on systemic racism and discrimination in our justice system and allowed police oversight to weaken.

Liberal and Conservative governments have cut community programs and supports, cut mental health and addictions services, and failed to address the homelessness crisis. The result of all of this has been especially devastating for Black, Indigenous and racialized people and their communities.

The Ontario NDP has a plan to put mental health supports at the centre of community safety, end unlawful and unauthorized use of force by police and ensure police are accountable for their actions, and invest in strong community supports for Black, racialized, and Indigenous communities.

COMMITMENT

Police accountability: We will restore community trust by ensuring that police oversight bodies are effective, responsive, and truly independent and transparent, including the SIU, so that the system is accountable to communities.

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Investment in mental health response: We will fund and implement alternative first responders in cases of mental health and addictions crises, homelessness and school discipline calls. We will ensure alternative first responders are trained in anti- racism, anti-oppression, de-escalation tactics, and culturally responsive care.

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Ending carding, destroy all data:We will truly end the racist, discriminatory practice of carding, and destroy the data that has been collected through carding.

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Address gun violence:We will bring all levels of government together to create a provincial strategy to address gun violence and its impacts on communities. We’ll invest to address the root causes of gun violence, including better supports for communities, jobs and opportunities for youth, and affordable housing.

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Strengthen fire protections on First Nations:We’ll make investments to protect people from housefires in First Nations and remote communities, building up fire services and supplying both equipment and training.

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Ensure First Nations’ policing like NAPS is funded to provide equitable level of service.

ACCESS TO JUSTICE

Everyone in Ontario deserves equal access to justice.

Years of Liberal and Conservative underfunding and cuts have caused a major court case backlog that ballooned to more than 60 000 cases during the pandemic. Doug Ford’s reckless cut to Legal Aid by one third has made it harder for many Ontarians to access justice.

Ontario’s tribunals are facing unprecedented delays and barriers to access, and Ontarians have lost confidence in the Ford Conservatives’ appointment process.

COMMITMENT

Reverse Doug Ford’s cuts to Legal Aid and start fixing the inadequacies of Ontario’s legal aid system.We’ll increase funding for summary legal advice, unbundled legal services, and public interest litigation, and ensure more people qualify for legal assistance. We’ll work with Legal Aid to provide appropriate supports.

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Increase resources for criminal diversion programsand dedicated diversion courts to ensure people with mental health and addiction issues, as well as young and underhoused people, are not caught in a self- perpetuating cycle of criminality.

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Fix Ontario’s broken tribunal system. We’ll create an independent Adjudicative Tribunal Justice Council to ensure tribunals are fully staffed with impartial expert adjudicators and vacancies are filled in a timely manner.