Safer province, healthier environment
We love our communities. And we know that they thrive best in safety and security.
That means freedom from the fear of crime and violence. A justice system that gives us confidence. Renewed trust in the police forces that protect us. Streets that are safe to drive. And protection for the quality of our air and water.
Our changes for the better
A justice system that inspires trust
New Democrats believe our justice system should focus on keeping people safe, and on fighting crime by addressing its causes. And we believe those involved at every step along the way — law enforcement, courts and corrections — should have the resources and guidance they need to do the job.
- We will expand Mobile Crisis teams that pair police with mental health professionals
- We will ban carding
- We will promote police training on systemic racism
- We will reverse the Liberal plan to privatize parts of police forces
- We will work to clear up the backlog in the courts
- We will end the dangerous understaffing in correctional facilities
Helping everyone get home safe
Good things happen when our streets and communities are safer, and they aren’t just the accidents we avoid. Our neighbourhoods are more vibrant, people are happier and businesses are more prosperous. Safety is one of the provincial government’s most important responsibilities.
- We will bring highway and road maintenance back into the public service
- We will put life-saving automatic defibrillators in community spaces
- We will continue to improve concussion protocols in amateur sports
Protecting our environment and taking action on climate change
The NDP has long been a strong voice for both environmental sustainability and fairness. We believe the transition to a green, low-carbon economy must be a fair one, so we don’t leave communities behind, and so all of us can realize the benefits.
Renewables such as solar, water, and wind will be at the heart of the electricity system and we will integrate them responsibly as needs grow. We will respect local decision-making and ensure that local communities have a stake in the benefits that come from low-cost, zero-emission renewables.
Andrea Horwath and the NDP believe polluters should pay for the emissions they release, and we will continue with pricing carbon through a fair, effective and transparent cap-and-trade market. At least 25% of the revenues from cap-and-trade will support communities and individuals who today are carrying more than their fair share of the burden — such as northern, rural, and low-income Ontarians — and assist trade-exposed industries.
We will set clear greenhouse gas reduction targets that we can and will meet.
- 25% of cap-and-trade revenues will go to support lower-income, rural, and northern households, and trade-exposed industries
- We will introduce a new $50 million no-interest and on-bill home retrofit program to help people consume less power at home
- We will update the Environmental Bill of Rights
- We will clean up the mercury in the English—Wabigoon River system
Fresh, local food and safe, clean water
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will develop a Provincial Food and Water Strategy, to promote health through access to healthy food, put public access to drinking water first, and strengthen the resilience of Ontario’s food systems.
We believe water is a public trust, and an Ontario Water Strategy will prioritize planning for water needs now and for future generations based on the public interest and sustainable public access to water.
Smoother commutes, shorter drives and more transportation choices
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will fund 50% of net transit and paratransit operating costs across Ontario. This funding will immediately allow transit operators to improve services, provide more equitable and affordable fares, and have the financial stability to experiment and pilot innovative solutions like the TTC’s King Street Transit Pilot, timed transfers, low-income passes, and updated Ridership Growth Strategies. That means investing more than $330 million in Toronto and over $800 million across the province.
- We will provide two-way all-day GO rail service between Kitchener—Waterloo and Toronto
- We will have year-round GO rail service between Niagara and Toronto
- We will implement a Northern Rail Strategy that restores Ontario Northlander’s passenger service and supports the Huron Central and Algoma Central Rail Lines
- We will build Toronto’s Downtown Relief Line ASAP
- We will build Hamilton’s LRT right away
- We will will update Ontario’s Cycling Strategy and pass a Vulnerable Road Users’ Law based on NDP Private Member’s Bills, specifically designed to protect people such as cyclists and pedestrians.
The Better Ontario Fund
Communities across Ontario have seen the impact of decades of cuts to public services and public investment. The most obvious examples are things like roads, schools or hospitals that need repair. What is less obvious are the cuts to programs which have left seniors isolated; stopped young people from playing sports, learning music or participating in arts; and kept newcomers isolated in their new home.
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will launch the Better Ontario Fund, a $300-million commitment, spent over three years, to make life better for people across Ontario.
Community-based not-for-profit organizations will be able to apply for grants to improve the lives of people left behind over the last 20 years. The Fund will support initiatives like recreation programs for low-income young people, services that help newcomers integrate in their communities, and programs to keep seniors engaged in their community.
Throughout this platform, you’ll find commitments that will have a direct impact in reducing poverty, such as:
- Our 10-year investment to build 65,000 units of affordable housing and 30,000 units of supportive housing over the next 10 years
- Our universal pharmacare plan — a drug plan that covers everyone
- Our Dental Care for Everyone plan
We endorse the provincial Income Security Roadmap for Change report and its findings. We will work with the Income Security Reform Working Group, First Nations Income Security Reform Working Group and Urban Indigenous Table on Income Security Reform to achieve the objectives laid out in the Roadmap.
The rules governing social assistance are complicated and often punitive. The focus of the social assistance system should be helping people overcome barriers, get out of poverty and participate in society. Social assistance should be based on a trust, working together, and solving problems.
According to the recommendation made in the Roadmap, we will begin by establishing a new, flat rate structure that is simple and fair.
Based on the advice of the working group, people receiving Ontario Works will receive increases of 10%, 7% and 5%, while people receiving support from the Ontario Disability Support Program will see annual increases of 5%. Future increases will be based on income adequacy, and set by an independent panel.
We will continue Ontario’s Basic Income pilot and evaluate its outcomes. We endorse the call to develop a minimum income standard over the next decade that will lift people out of poverty.
We are committed to making jobs better by increasing the minimum wage to $15 before indexing it to inflation, making it easier for people to join a union, making workplaces safer, and building an economy focused on people.
A province for all, of all abilities
- We will fully implement the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
- Those with disabilities will no longer have to re-apply for supports when they turn 18.
- 30,000 units of supportive housing will give adults who have developmental disabilities access to housing that ensures they can live rich lives with more independence.
- We will invest $67 million annually in increasing support for agencies that provide services to adults with developmental disabilities so they can participate in their communities, have options for public services, and have a great quality of life.
Protecting vulnerable children
Children in provincial care are some of the most vulnerable people in Ontario. The government has a duty to keep them safe and defend their interests.
- We will strengthen the role of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth with stronger investigatory powers
- We will end the solitary confinement of children.
- We will work with experts, advocates and First Nations and cultural community leaders to identify the supports racialized and Indigenous children need to succeed and thrive.
- We will give children in care a greater say in the decisions that are made about their care.
Fixing Ontario’s Family Responsibility Office
Supporting local libraries and museums
Better support for children with autism
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will develop a comprehensive autism-support strategy, in full collaboration with families, caregivers, people with autism and experts in the field. We will base care on a person’s need rather than their age, so that care can follow them as they grow older. And we recognize the wide diversity of the autism spectrum; we will stress high-quality public services that follow an approach tailored to each individual’s distinct abilities and challenges.
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will update and enforce the Pay Equity Act to address the gender wage gap, and bring greater equity to corporate boards so that women have better economic opportunities, fairer incomes and face fewer barriers.
We will apply an intersectional gender lens — an understanding of how issues like gender and race can interact to dramatically change the way people’s lives are affected — to government budgeting, policy and programming.
- Our universal pharmacare plan will ensure that every woman can afford birth control.
- We will expand access to midwife care and workplace maternity benefits.
- Our child care plan will enable moms to re-enter the workforce more easily.
We will work to eliminate the “pink tax” — the premium on the price of products marketed to women, from razors to dry cleaning services to children’s toys — so women aren’t being gouged.
We will properly fund women’s shelters and transitional housing, and ensure there are services and programs available to help women recover from partner violence and abuse. And we will set aside a portion of the 65,000 units of affordable housing we are building for women and their families escaping violence.
We will fight gender-based violence and ensure that survivors of domestic or sexual violence are listened to, believed and supported, using a whole-of-government approach.
- We will implement the recommendations of the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee.
- We will implement Access Without Fear policies for police, health, and social services to ensure that all survivors get the support they need regardless of immigration status.
- We will improve accountability for campus sexual assault policies and make information collected from the campus climate survey available through open data.
- We will fund 10 days of paid leave for women escaping violence, and ensure they can access additional leave if they need it without fear of repercussions at work.
Fighting racism and hate
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will ensure that the Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate has the funds and staff it needs to do its job. The directorate will administer a new four-year $20 million Ontario Anti-Racism Fund, supporting community organizations fighting racism and fostering equity and inclusion.
We will work to end the streaming of racialized youth into educational tracks that don’t recognize — and can’t realize — their individual potential.
We will end the policing practice of carding.
We will work through our education and justice systems to recognize and stop anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, anti-Indigenous racism and all other forms of systemic racism.
Fighting homophobia and transphobia
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will protect the rights of LGBTQIA2S+ people.
We will ensure LGBTQIA2S+ communities have access to affirmative and inclusive health care.
This will include initiatives such as LGBTQIA2S+-affirming long-term care homes, health services that are welcoming to LGBTQIA2S+ people, and access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) through the NDP pharmacare program.
We’ll fully cover the costs of transition drugs. And we’ll improve access to primary and secondary procedures in Ontario.
Cities across Ontario have declared themselves to be sanctuary cities, where people can access basic services without fear, regardless of their immigration status. This is the decent, humane thing to do.
We believe strongly in the rules governing immigration and citizenship, but we will never withhold basic life-saving services from undocumented people. We will ensure that anyone can visit an Emergency Room without penalty. And we will end the practice of holding federal immigration detainees in provincial correctional facilities.
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