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May 2018

Rapid Policy Update: NDP Platform 2018

 

NDP Platform 2018

 

Ontario New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath announced the NDP’s 2018 Election Platform Change for the Better. Below is a high-level synopsis of the major policy initiatives within the platform.

Five Key Promises

  1. Provide drug and dental coverage for all Ontarians.
  2. End hallway medicine and fix seniors care.
  3. A 30 percent cut to hydro bills by bringing Hydro One back into public hands.
  4. Take on student debt by converting loans to grants, and creating thousands of student co-op jobs.
  5. Protect middle-class families by having the wealthiest people and most profitable corporations pay their fair share.

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Vote Prosperity

In October, the OCC released Vote Prosperity, a platform for the 2018 provincial election campaign on June 7. The release of our platform nine months prior to the election was intended to ensure all parties have an opportunity to address the most important issues to business within their own platforms.

Upon their release, we will provide an analysis of the Liberal and Progressive Conservative platforms with comparisons to recommendations in Vote Prosperity.

We are encouraging Ontarians to send a letter to their local candidates asking them to support the Ontario Chamber Network’s Vote Prosperity platform.

 

 

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Rapid Plicy Update: Green Party Platform 2018

Green Party Platform 2018

 

Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner announced his Party’s 2018 Election Platform, People Powered Change. The platform focuses on nine key commitments across three pillars: jobs, people, and planet. Below is a high-level synopsis of the major policy initiatives within the platform.
 

Key Commitments at a Glance

  1. Create jobs in the clean, innovation economy.
  2. Make homes and businesses more energy efficient.
  3. Lower payroll taxes on small, local businesses and nonprofits.
  4. Require new housing developments to have a minimum of 20 percent affordable homes.
  5. Include mental health services in OHIP+.
  6. Implement a basic income guarantee for all Ontarians.
  7. Protect air, water, and farmland.
  8. Develop a long-term energy plan for Ontario to be powered with 100 percent renewable energy.
  9. Invest in transit infrastructure and services.
   

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Vote Prosperity

In October, the OCC released Vote Prosperity, our platform for the 2018 provincial election on June 7. The release of a platform nine months prior to the election was intended to ensure all parties have an opportunity to address the most important issues to business within their own platforms.

We are encouraging Ontarians to send a letter to their local candidates asking them to support the Ontario Chamber Network’s Vote Prosperity message.

 

 

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Rapid Policy Update: Liberal Party Platform

 

Liberal Party Platform 2018

On May 26, 2018, the Ontario Liberal Party released their platform for the 2018 election.

This platform largely re-iterates Budget 2018 (see our RPU here) and legislation introduced in the past year, including the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act, the Fair Hydro Plan, and the Fair Housing Plan. It is a collection of new promises that build on initiatives which were announced but not implemented during the Liberals’ last term of government. 

Key Commitments at a Glance

  1. Transportation and Infrastructure: Plans for new and expanded infrastructure investments.
  2. Skills and Workforce Development: Plans for apprenticeship, training and experiential learning.
  3. Jobs and Economic Growth: Introduced in Budget 2018, the Good Jobs and Growth Plan.
  4. Labour and Employment Law: Continuation of the path outlined in Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act.
  5. Agriculture: Emphasis on supporting the agri-food sector.
  6. Housing: The continued implementation of the Fair Housing Plan.
  7. Healthcare: Increase hospital funding by $822 million in 2018-19.
  8. Climate Change:  Implement their Climate Change Action Plan.
  9. Debt and Deficit: The platform charts a “Fiscal Recovery Plan.” 
  10. Government Accountability and Customer Service: Focused on improving customer service in government.

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Read the Liberal Party's Platform

 
     

Vote Prosperity

In October, the OCC released Vote Prosperity, our platform for the 2018 provincial election on June 7. The release of a platform nine months prior to the election was intended to ensure all parties have an opportunity to address the most important issues to business within their own platforms.

We are encouraging Ontarians to send a letter to their local candidates asking them to support the Ontario Chamber Network’s Vote Prosperity message.

 
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Advocacy Win - Government to Review Public Holiday Rules

Ontario's Business Advocate

 
 
 


ADVOCACY WIN:

Government to Review Public Holiday Rules

 

In May 2018, the Ontario government announced a review of the public holiday system under the Employment Standards Act. The government will reinstate the previous holiday pay calculation, coming into effect July 1.

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As part of the OCC’s advocacy surrounding Bill 148, the Fairer Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, the Ontario Chamber Network raised the alarm about unintended consequences of the new calculation for public holiday pay for employees under the Employment Standards Act (ESA). Under the changes introduced as part of Bill 148, employers would be expected to pay part-time employees the full eight hours for each holiday, even if they had only worked occasionally during the month. This meant that part-time employees would be entitled to the same holiday pay as full-time employees. We asked that the government return to the prior calculation to avoid a system that would be unfair to some workers.

 

 

     
 

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In May 2018 the Ontario government announced that, after hearing from stakeholders, it will undertake a review of the public holiday system of the Employment Standards Act this year. As an interim measure, the government will reinstate the previous holiday pay calculation, coming into effect July 1.

 

 

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