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Key promise highlights from Ontario Liberal 2022 platform

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TORONTO — The Ontario Liberals released their costed platform Monday. Here are some key promises:

  • Balance the budget by 2026-27, though making room for “unforeseen circumstances.”
  • Build 1.5 million homes over 10 years, work with municipalities to expand zoning options, and bring back rent control.
  • Establish the Ontario Home Building Corporation to finance and build affordable homes; build 78,000 new social and community homes, 38,000 homes in supportive housing and 22,000 new homes for Indigenous people.
  • Increase the minimum wage to $16 an hour in January then develop regional living wages.
  • Provide 10 paid sick days for all workers and study a four-day work week.
  • Remove the provincial portion of the HST from prepared foods under $20.
  • Introduce a surtax of one per cent on corporate profit above $1 billion.
  • Introduce a new tax bracket for Ontarians with taxable income of over $500,000 per year, taxing at a rate of 15.16 per cent.
  • Extend $10-a-day child care to after-school care.
  • Provide free tuition for early childhood education college programs.
  • Top up the federal 18-month parental leave program so benefits aren’t reduced and increase the provincial child-care tax credit.
  • Cut the cost of transit rides across the province to $1 until 2024.
  • Provide up to $9,500 in rebates on purchases of electric vehicles.
  • End for-profit long-term care by 2028.
  • Increase funding for home care and help 400,000 more seniors get home care by 2026.
  • Increase Old Age Security by $1,000 per year for eligible seniors.
  • Hire 100,000 health-care workers and train 3,000 new mental health and addictions professionals.
  • Clear the diagnostic and surgery backlog with a $1-billion investment.
  • Establish maximum wait times for surgeries.
  • Enroll anyone without an employer benefits plan in a portable benefits plan, including self-employed, gig and contract workers.
  • Invest an additional $3 billion in mental health and addictions services and lift the cap on new Consumption and Treatment Services sites.
  • Forgive all student loans for nurses, paramedics and other health-care workers on the front-lines of COVID-19.
  • Cut carbon and methane pollution by more than 50 per cent by 2030, transition to a fully clean energy supply, ban new natural gas plants and phase out reliance on them.
  • Expand the Greenbelt and designate 30 per cent of Ontario land as protected, up from 10 per cent.
  • Divert and recycle 60 per cent of waste from landfills by 2030 and 85 per cent by 2050.
  • Eliminate corporate taxes for two years for businesses most impacted by the pandemic.
  • Cap class sizes at 20 students for all grades and hire 10,000 more teachers.
  • Double OSAP funding and give “significantly” more grants, and eliminate interest on provincial student loans.
  • Increase disability support payment rates by 20 per cent and reintroduce a basic income pilot.
  • Use ranked ballots for the next provincial election, and allow municipalities to use it, and explore other voting changes such as lowering the voting age.

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