Party Platforms

As part of the Canadian-Muslim Vote’s commitment to helping Canadian Muslims educate themselves and make an informed decision when voting in the Ontario election on June 7th, 2018, we have provided a brief summary of each political party’s platform. This summary includes the Liberal Party of Ontario, the Ontario New Democratic Party and the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.

The topics that have been highlighted in this document are based on a survey that TCMV did over the past year (see our survey for more info). The survey was done to better understand the issues of greatest importance to the community. The top 5 issues that emerged were:

  1. Jobs and the Economy
  2. Combatting Islamophobia
  3. Healthcare
  4. Education
  5. Affordable Housing

Please note that the issue of Islamophobia was not raised in any of the official party platform documents, and as a result, it is not included in the chart below. Instead, we have included an additional category of Infrastructure, Transit and Childcare.

If you would like to know where the party stands on Islamophobia and other key issues, please watch our party leader interviews here.

As a non-partisan organization, The Canadian-Muslim Vote in no way endorses any specific party.  The content below has been pulled directly from each respective party, and has been summarized in an easy to understand format to help you cast an informed vote on June 7, 2018. 

Liberal

Jobs and the Economy

  • Increase minimum wage to $15 by January 2019.
  • Increase minimum vacation time to three weeks after five years with the same employer.
  • Create an $85 million Venture Technologies Fund to help high-growth firms scale up, creating and retaining more than 5,000 jobs.
  • Reduce electricity costs for businesses.

Infrastructure, transit and childcare

  • Providing faster and more frequent GO service through GO Regional Express Rail projects.
  • Reduce fares for GTHA transit users by saving users approximately $720 a year
  • Provide free preschool childcare to children aged two-and-a-half to kindergarten age by 2020.
  • Create 100,000 new licensed child care spaces over five years

Healthcare

  • Increase hospital funding by $822 million in 2018-19.
  • Make prescription drugs free for children, youth and seniors.
  • Make a $2.1 billion additional investment in mental health and addiction care over the next four years.
  • Invest an additional $650 million in home care over the next three years and create 30,000 new long-term care beds over the next 10 years.

Education

  • Add 2,000 new teachers and education workers to support kids with exceptionally high needs and add 450 guidance teachers in elementary schools to help career planning.
  • Invest almost $16 billion over 10 years in new and improved schools.
  • Reduce the minimum parental contribution required by OSAP for middle-income families.
  • Create new college and university campuses in Markham, Brampton and Milton.

Housing

  • Cuts hydro bills by as much as 40 per cent to 50 per cent for people with low incomes.
  • Tighten rules to prevent unfair renovictions and curb the use of inappropriate above guideline rent increases.
  • Prohibit above-guideline rent increases in buildings with outstanding work orders related to pest control.
  • Create the Cooperative Housing Development Fund to support the creation of new

NDP

Jobs and the Economy

  • Increase the minimum wage to $15.
  • Require employers to offer at least three weeks paid vacation.
  • Maintain the one-third reduction to small business corporate income tax rates.
  • Raise income tax by 1% on amounts earned over $220,000 and by 2% on earnings over $300,000.

Infrastructure, transit and childcare

  • Provide two-way all-day GO rail service between Kitchener and Toronto.
  • $3 fare for people using PRESTO on GO/Union Pearson Express for a trip within Toronto, or a GO trip of less than 10 km
  • Expand the number of affordable child care spaces in Ontario by 202,000 spaces.
  • Free childcare for those with a household income, less than $40,000 and an average of $12-a-day child care for those outside this bracket.

Healthcare

  • Increase hospital funding immediately by 5.3% and invest $19 billion over 10 years into hospital capital expansion.
  • Create 40,000 more long-term care beds.
  • Cut children’s mental health wait times to a 30-day maximum.
  • Establish a minimum standard of dental coverage and make Ontario the first province with universal pharmacare by 2020.

Education

  • Hire more teachers and educational assistants and cap kindergarten classroom sizes at 26 students.
  • Invest $16 billion to repair crumbling schools.
  • Turn OSAP loans into non-repayable grants for students that qualify
  • Wipe out any student loan interest owed or paid to the province by any student or past student who still holds a provincial loan.

Housing

  • Buy back Hydro One and cut hydro bills by 30%
  • Build 65,000 new affordable housing units
  • Crack down on housing speculators, including domestic speculators.
  • Allow seniors to defer property taxes until they sell their home

Ontario PC

Jobs and the Economy

  • Cut income taxes by 20% for the second income-tax bracket
  • Eliminate tax for minimum-wage workers
  • Lower business taxes from 11.5% to 10.5% and reduce the small business tax rate by 8.7%.
  • Lower gas tax by 10 cents a litre

Infrastructure, transit and childcare

  • Deliver two-way, all-day GO service, including expansions to Bowmanville, Kitchener and completing the Niagara GO Expansion.
  • Add $5 billion in new subway funding to build the Sheppard Loop with Scarborough, the Relief Line, and the Yonge Extension.
  • Create a 75% refundable tax credit for child care costs for children aged 0 – 15.

Healthcare

  • Invest $3.8 billion in mental health, addictions and housing supports over 10 years
  • Introduce free dental care for low-income seniors.
  • Build 15,000 long-term care beds in five years and 30,000 beds in 10 years.

Education

  • Ban cell phones in all primary and secondary school classrooms.
  • Reverse Ontario’s sex-ed curriculum changes and restore previous version.
  • Provide an additional $38 million in funding for all children with autism.
  • Mandate universities to uphold free speech on campuses and in classrooms.

Housing

  • Cut hydro bills by 12% for families, farmers, and small businesses.
  • Preserve rent control for existing tenants across Ontario.
  • Increase the supply of affordable housing across the GTA while protecting the Greenbelt in its entirety.