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2021 Election Platform Guide

Revised 09-09-2021

Affordable Housing

Liberal Platform1

  • Tax Free First Home Savings Accounta
  • $1 billion in loans and grants to develop and scale-up rent to own projects* 
  • 25% lower rates on CMHC Mortgage Insurance
    • Expected savings of $6,100
  • Ban blind-bidding on homesb
  • An anti-flipping tax for homes in the next 4 years
  • A 2-year ban on new foreign ownership of Canadian housingb
  • $600 million to convert office space into housingb
1 A Home for Everyone: The Liberal Housing Plan, a-home-for-everyone.pdf (liberal.ca)
a Page 1
b Page 2
 

Conservative Platform2

  • A plan to build 1 million homes in the next 3 yearsa
  • Release at least 15% of federal real estate for housinga
  • Explore the conversion of unused commercial space for housing
  • A 'for Indigenous, by Indigenous' housing strategy with stable and predictable fundingb
  • Incentivize donations of property to land trusts for the development of affordable housinga
  • Ban foreign investors not living in Canada from buying homes here for a two-year periodc
  • Encourage foreign investment in purpose-built affordable rental housingc
2 Canada's Recovery Plan, f8279981721e07a.pdf (conservative.ca)
a Page 55
b Page 121
c Page 56

 

Green Platform3

  • Declare housing affordability and homelessness a national emergencya
  • Redefine affordable housing using a better, updated formula, that accounts for regional variations across the countrya
  • Immediately appoint the Federal Housing Advocate, as established in the National Housing Strategy Acta
  • Establish a national moratorium on evictionsa
  • Raise the “empty home” tax for foreign and corporate residential property owners who leave buildings and units vacantb
  • Assess the role of real estate investment trustsb
  • Fund the purchase of buildings by non-profit and cooperative affordable housing organizationsb
  • Expand the Rapid Housing Initiativeb
  • Invest in construction and operation of 50,000 supportive housing units over 10 yearsb
  • Buildand acquire a minimum of 300,000 units of deeply affordable non-market, co-op and non-profit housing over 10 yearsb
  • Restore tax incentives for building purpose-built rental housing, and provide tax credits for gifts of lands, or of land and buildings, to community land trusts to provide affordable housingc
  • Require that housing developments that receive federal funding must ensure that 30% of all units in each development must be deeply affordable and/or available to people with disabilities and special needsc
Platform 21. Be Daring., cover-platform-21-en (greenparty.ca)
a Page 37
b Page 38
Pag 39

NDP Platform4

  • Implement a co-developed Indigenous National Housing Strategy, fully funded, within the first 100 days of officea
  • Create at least 500,000 units of quality affordable housing in the next 10 years with half being done within 5 yearsb
  • Fast-start funds to help communities get the assistance and expertise they need to quickly implement housing projectsb
  • Waiving the federal portion of GST/HST on the construction of new affordable rental unitsb
  • Re-introduce 30-year mortgage terms to CMHC insure mortgages on entry-level homes for first-time home buyers c
  • Double the homebuyers tax credit to $1,500 c
  • 20% foreign buyers tax on the sale of homes to people who are not Canadians or permanent residentsc
  • Creation of affordable and accessible housing to help those with disabilitiesd
  • Support the creation of more social housing and other affordable optionse
Ready for Better, Ready for Better - NDP 2021 commitments.pdf
a Page 75
Page 11
Page 12
d Page 62
Page 66


Childcare

Liberal Platform1

  • Continue the roll-out of their $10 a day childcare plan in 5 years or less and a 50% cut in fees next year 
  • Build 250,000 high-quality spaces 
  • Hire 40,000 more educators 
$10 a Day child Care for Families, $10 a Day Child Care for Families | Liberal Party of Canada

Conservative Platform2

  • Convert the Child Care Expense deduction into a refundable tax credit covering up to 75% of the cost of child care for lower income families 
2 Canada's Recovery Plan, f8279981721e07a.pdf (conservative.ca)
a Page 23


Green Platform3

  • Universal Childcare
    • Ramp up federal childcare funding to achieve the international benchmark of at least one per cent of GDP annuallya
    • Eliminate GST on all construction costs related to childcare spacesb
Platform 21. Be Daring., cover-platform-21-en (greenparty.ca)
a Page 46
Page 47

NDP Platform4

  • $10 a day child carea
    • Create enough spaces so families don’t spend months on a waiting list 
    • Ensure childcare workers are paid a fair living wage 
Ready for Better, Ready for Better - NDP 2021 commitments.pdf
a Page 29

Mental Health/Disability

Liberal Platform1

  • A new federal transfer to provinces and territories—the Canada Mental Health Transfer—to assist jurisdictions to expand the delivery of high quality, accessible, and free mental health servicesa
    • An initial investment of $4.5 billion over 5 years, bringing federal support for mental health services to $2.5 billion per year by 2025-26
  • Undertake a comprehensive review of access to the Disability Tax Credit, CPP-Disability and other federal benefits and programs to ensure they are available to people experiencing mental health challengesa
  • Fully fund a national, three-digit mental health crisis and suicide prevention hotlinea
  • Ensure timely access to perinatal mental health servicesa
  • A new fund for student well-being to improve wait times and increase access to mental health care at colleges and universitiesb
    • The fund will support the hiring of up to 1200 new mental health care counsellors
  • Double the Home Accessibility Tax Credit, to $20,000b
  • Re-introduce Disability Benefit Act which will create a direct monthly payment called the Canada Disability Benefit for low-income Canadians with disabilities ages 18-64c
  • Develop and implement an employment strategy for Canadians with disabilitiesc
1 Forward. For Everyone., Forward. For Everyone. (liberal.ca)
a Page 5
b Page 18
Page 39

Conservative Platform2

  • Will introduce the Canada Mental Health Action Plana
  • Partner with province to dedicate significant portion of the stable, predictable health funding to mental health to ensure that an additional 1 million Canadians can receive mental health treatment every yeara
  • Encourage employers to add mental health coverage to their employee benefit plans by offering a tax credit for 25% of the cost of additional mental health coverage for the first three yearsa
  • Create a pilot program to provide $150 million over three years in grants to non-profits and charities delivering mental health and wellness programminga
  • A nationwide three-digit suicide prevention hotlinea
  • Double the disability supplement in the Canada Workers Benefit from $744 to $1,500b
    • This will help almost 90,000 disabled workers
  • Provide an additional $80 million per year through the Enabling Accessibility Fundc
    • Additional incentives for small business and community projects to improve accessibility
    • Grants and support for all types of accessibility equipment that disabled Canadians need to work
    • Enhancements to existing programs that will get more disabled Canadians into the workforce
  • Reduce the number of hours required to qualify for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) and the Registered Disability Savings Plan from 14 to 10 hours per weekc
2 Canada's Recovery Plan, f8279981721e07a.pdf (conservative.ca)
a Page 65
b Page 41
c Page 136

Green Platform3

  • Establish a national mental health strategy and a suicide prevention strategya
  • Expand the single-payer Medicare model to include long-term care and enhanced mental health servicesb
  • Create a Canada Disabilities Act (CDA) to express Canadians’ vision of a more equitable societyc
  • A national equipment fund to provide equipment such as wheelchairs and accessibility tools to assist persons with disabilities with the tools needed to fully participate in work and community lifec
  • Enforce the Employment Equity Act to ensure that persons with disabilities have equal opportunity to long-term employment and advancementc
  • Convert the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) to a refundable credit (76)
  • Redesign the Canada Pension Plan/Disability Benefit (CPP/D) test to incorporate the DTC definition of disability and permit employmentc
Platform 21. Be Daring., cover-platform-21-en (greenparty.ca)
a Page 51
Page 57
Page 76


NDP Platform4

  • Bring in mental health care for uninsured Canadiansa
  • Prescription medication for mental health care will now be available free of cost to Canadians under the new Pharmacare plana
  • A national perinatal mental health strategy to support growing families before and after birtha
  • Create a pilot project to allow workers with episodic illnesses and disabilities to access EI sickness benefits a day at a timeb
  • Lift every person living with a disability out of povertyc
  • Ensure Canadians living with a disability have a guaranteed livable incomed
Ready for Better, Ready for Better - NDP 2021 commitments.pdf
a Page 59
Page 25
Page 28 
Page 62

EI

Liberal Platform1

  • A new EI benefit for self-employed Canadians, delivered through the tax system, that would provide unemployment assistance comparable to EI and lasting for as much as 26 weeksa
    • This could provide support of nearly $15,000
    • Launch in Jan. 2023 
  • Establish an EI Career Insurance Benefita
    • Available to people who have worked continuously for the same employer for five or more years and are laid off when the business closes
    • Will kick in after regular EI ends, providing an additional 20% of insured earnings in the first year following the layoff, and an extra 10% in the second year.
    • Giving workers up to an almost $16,900 over 2 years 
  • Extend the Home Expense deduction for an additional 2 years and increase the deductible amount to $500a
1 Forward. For Everyone., Forward. For Everyone. (liberal.ca)
a Page 23
 

Conservative Platform2

  • A new Super EI program that kicks-in temporarily when a province enters a recession (+0.5% unemployment), which temporarily offers more generous benefits than the current EI systema
  • Require gig economy companies to make contributions equivalent to CPP and EI premiums into a new, portable Employee Savings Account every time they pay their workersa
    • The money will grow tax-free and can be withdrawn by the worker when needed
  • Increase sickness benefits to 52 weeks for those suffering from a serious illnessa
2 Canada's Recovery Plan, f8279981721e07a.pdf (conservative.ca)
a Page 42
 

Green Platform3

  • Replace EI with a comprehensive Guaranteed Livible Income plan 
Platform 21. Be Daring., cover-platform-21-en (greenparty.ca)

NDP Platform4

  • EI low income supplement guaranteeing no one on EI regular or special benefits receives less than $2,000 a montha
  • Open EI to those who leave their jobs for education, childcare, personal health, or family healtha
  • EI sickness benefits extended from 15 to 50 weeksa
  • Help for those relying on seasonal work with the Extra Five Weeks Pilot Project (making it permanent)b
Ready for Better, Ready for Better - NDP 2021 commitments.pdf
a Page 25
b Page 26 

 

Seniors

Liberal Platform1

  • Move forward with our plan to boost the OAS by 10% next year for seniors 75 and overa
  • Increase the GIS by $500 for single seniors and $750 for couples, starting at age 65a
  • Work with all provinces and territories over the next year to increase the support survivors, many of whom are women, receive by increasing the Canada Pension Plan and Quebec Pension Plan survivor’s benefit by 25%a
  • Double the Home Accessibility Tax Credit, to $20,000, putting up to $1,500 back in the pockets of Canadians who need itb
  • Establish an expert panel to provide recommendations for establishing an Aging at Home Benefitb
  • Introduce a 1-800 help line for seniors to provide a single point of access to a wide range of government services and benefitsb
1 Forward. For Everyone., Forward. For Everyone. (liberal.ca)
a Page 17
b Page 18

Conservative Platform2

  • Amending the Home Accessibility Tax Credit by increasing the limit from $10,000 per dwelling to $10,000 per persona
  • Allowing seniors or their caregivers, including their children, to claim the Medical Expense Tax Credit for home care instead of only allowing them to claim attendant care if they live in a group homea
  • Introducing the Canada Seniors Care Benefit, paying $200 per month per household to any Canadian who is living with and taking care of a parent over the age of 70a
On Long-Term Care
  • Canada’s Conservatives will devote $3 billion of infrastructure funding over the next three years to renovate Long-Term Care Homes in all provinces and territories across Canada to improve the care that residents receive. We will encourage partnerships with private non-profits that have historically provided a significant amount of Long-Term Careb
On boosting the Number of Personal Support Workers
  • COVID-19 has made clear that Canada lacks Personal Support Workers - those who do the hard work of every day of caring for seniors living in Long-Term Care homes, retirement homes, or their own homesb
  • Canada’s Conservatives will help meet the need for Personal Support Workers by: Providing priority in immigration programs to those who can work in Long-Term Care or homecare; Promoting these careers through immigration and refugee settlement programsb
On seniors in the workforce
  • Canada’s Conservatives will double the Canada Workers Benefit up to a maximum of $2,800 for individuals or $5,000 for families and pay it as a quarterly direct deposit rather than a tax refund at year-end. This will help seniors who choose to continue working past retirement to give themselves a bit more income. It will provide a $1/hour raise for low-income seniors include many who choose to work part-time to supplement their retirement incomeb
2 Canada's Recovery Plan, f8279981721e07a.pdf (conservative.ca)
a Page 149
b Page 150

Green Platform3

On a National Dementia Strategy
  • In collaboration with health professionals and provincial/territorial governments, develop and fund a national dementia strategy. The strategy would support research, improve quality of life for patients and caregivers, and educate the public to increase awareness and reduce stigma.a
  • Continue ongoing funding for frailty research to improve care for vulnerable older adults while investing in new R&D in the ageing and age-tech sector.a
  • Meet the aspirational goals of the National Dementia Strategy by increasing overall Canadian investment from $50 million to $150 million over five years in the field of dementia researcha
On Seniors violence and abuse prevention
  • Establish a Federal Office of the Seniors’ Advocate to provide systemic oversight and leadership on issues related to the current needs of Canadian seniors, as well as provide insight, analysis, and direction to the government on the future needs of our ageing populationb
  • Develop a National Elder Abuse and Neglect Strategy to raise awareness and provide funding for instances of elder abuse and neglect across the Country.b

On pensions
  • Amend pension benefit legislation for federally-regulated pensions to:b
    • Maintain the solvency target at 100%. 
    • Require annual Actuarial Valuations
    • Require the sponsor, in the event that the Actuarial Valuation solvency ratio falls below a prescribed threshold to:
      • Obtain a letter of credit to return to 100% solvency, or
      • Abide by restrictions on corporate cash management similar to Ontario’s recent 520/20, until the solvency of the plan is restored, or
      • Obtain informed consent of a significant portion of plan members (perhaps >75%) to implement a different solution, other than a. or b.
  • As a short-term measure, a Green government would introduce a refundable tax credit equal to the amount of pension loss an individual incurs when a pension failsb
  • To better protect the pensions of all Canadians whose companies file for bankruptcy, under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA),a Green government would amend insolvency legislation to extend super-priority to the unfunded pension liabilityb
  • Amend insolvency legislation to enable the creation of a Distressed Pension Facility in the event of a corporate insolvencyb
  • Ensure the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) remains robust and adaptive to changing needs and circumstances by increasing over time the target income replacement rate for income received during working years, as neededb
  • Regulate the CPP Investment Board to require divestment of coal, oil and gas shares and ensure that all investments are ethical and promote environmental sustainabilityb
  • Protect private pensions by amending the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to establish the super-priority of pensioners and the pension plan in the creditor hierarchy during company insolvency proceedingsc
Platform 21. Be Daring., cover-platform-21-en (greenparty.ca)
a Page 54
Page 55
Page 56

NDP Platform4

  • Will lead a National Seniors Strategy that will work with the provinces, territories and Indigenous governments to make seniors health care a priority, reduce isolation and tackle seniors’ poverty. This will include a funded national dementia strategy, and an elder abuse prevention plan developed with seniors to put an end to abuse and neglect in our communitiesa
  • Our national pharmacare for all plan will provide prescription medicine to all seniors, saving seniors hundreds of dollars every year and ensuring that no one needs to choose between medicine and other essentials, and our dental care plan will mean that uninsured seniors can go to the dentist when they need to, without facing costly billsa
  • Will put in place a one-year delay to help seniors at risk of having their GIS benefits suspended for being unable to make the required income statementa
  • To make the Canada Caregiver Tax Credit refundablea
  • A commitment to create half a million affordable housing units in the next decade will include accessible housing that will increase choices for seniors. We’ll also support connection to community and tackle seniors’ isolation by improving seniors’ access to technology and support to stay connected with familya
 Ready for Better, Ready for Better - NDP 2021 commitments.pdf
Page 64

Income Floor / Poverty

Liberal Platform1

  • Introduce a Career Extension Tax Credit
    • Will let people 65 and over, who earn a minimum of $5,000 at their jobs to eliminate tax payable on a portion of their income and receive a tax credit of up to $1,650a
  • Re-introduce Disability Benefit Act which will create a direct monthly payment called the Canada Disability Benefit for low-income Canadians with disabilities ages 18-64b
1 Forward. For Everyone., Forward. For Everyone. (liberal.ca)
a Page 25
b Page 39

 

Conservative Platform2

  • Double the disability supplement from $744 to $1,500a
    • Estimated to help 90,000 disabled workers
  • Double the Canada Workers Benefit up to $2800 for individuals and $5000 for familiesa
    • Paid as a quarterly direct deposit rather than tax-refund a year-end
  • Provide an extra $1/hour raise to someone making less than $20,000 per yeara
2 Canada's Recovery Plan, f8279981721e07a.pdf (conservative.ca)
a Page 41

Green Platform3

  • Create a comprehensive and equitable Guaranteed Livable Income for every person in Canadaa
  • Expand supports for low-income mothersb
Platform 21. Be Daring., cover-platform-21-en (greenparty.ca)
a Page 43
Page 75

NDP Platform4

  • Will get to work right away on a guaranteed livable income for all Canadiansa
  • Lift every senior and person living with a disability out of povertya
  • Living federal minimum wageb
    • Starting at $15 an hour and rising to $20 an hour, indexed to the cost of living
Ready for Better, Ready for Better - NDP 2021 commitments.pdf
Page 28
b Page 32 

 

Northern & Indigenous

Liberal Platform1

  • Commit an additional $1.4 billion for a distinction based mental health and wellness strategy with First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nationa
  • Build an Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care systemb
    • Create 3,300 new spaces 
  • Invest $2 billion in Indigenous housing for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation, with over half of the funding available by the upcoming summer construction periodc
  • Co-develop a new Indigenous Urban, Rural, and Northern Housing Strategy that will be a stand-alone companion to the National Housing Strategyc
    • supported by a $300 million initial investment
  • Co-develop and fund a National Indigenous Housing Centre, through which Indigenous people will fully oversee federal Indigenous housing programsc
  • Expand the Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program to enable businesses to access a zero-interest loan when a 10% advance is not possibled
  • $1.4 billion for a distinctions-based mental health and wellness strategy with First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nationa
    • total investment of $2 billion over five years
1 Forward. For Everyone., Forward. For Everyone. (liberal.ca)
a Page 57
b Page 58
Page 59
Page 60

 

Conservative Platform2

  • Provide $4 million over three years for the hiring and training of local and regional economic development officersa
  • Promote mechanisms that foster relationships between municipalities and neighbouring First Nationsa
  • Provide $1 billion over five years for Indigenous mental health and drug treatment programsb
  • Increase access for Indigenous workers and youth to apprenticeship programsb
  • Revive mine training in Nunavut, in partnership with mining companies, to increase employment of Inuit in miningc
  • Work with governments and communities in Nunatsiavut, Nunavut, Nunavik, and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region to develop community-based marine fisheriesc
  • Double the residency deductionc
    • Boost the basic amount in the intermediate zone to match the northern zone 
    • Add the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, new parts of northern Saskatchewan, and new parts of north-western B.C.
    • Improve Nutrition North so that it achieves the goal of ensuring that northerners have access to affordable healthy food
  • Provide $1 billion over five years to boost funding for Indigenous mental health and drug treatment programsb
    • Add the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, new parts of northern Saskatchewan, and new parts of north-western B.C.
    • Improve Nutrition North so that it achieves the goal of ensuring that northerners have access to affordable healthy food
2 Canada's Recovery Plan, f8279981721e07a.pdf (conservative.ca)
a Page 117
b Page 119
c Page 121

 

Green Platform3

  • Consulting with residents on Arctic farming, working with non-profit groups to build greenhouses or hydroponic towers and funding education programs in nutrition and horticulturea
  • Develop inclusive and culturally appropriate Urban Indigenous Housing Strategiesb
  • Develop and implement an Urban, Rural, and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategyc
  • Establlish a “For Indigenous, By Indigenous” housing support program for all off-reserve and urban Indigenous communities, and include off-reserve Status and non-Status Indigenous Peoplesc
  • Leverage federal lands and real property for transfer to off-reserve Indigenous organizations to create housing and economic development opportunitiesc
Platform 21. Be Daring., cover-platform-21-en (greenparty.ca)
a Page 66
Page 39
Pag 40

NDP Platform4

  • Reform the Nutrition North Programa
  • Ddicated regional economic development support to help expand economic opportunities for smaller Indigenous communitiesb
  • Northern Infrastructure Fund to fast-track investment and focus on improving much-needed infrastructure like roads and broadband internetb
Ready for Better, Ready for Better - NDP 2021 commitments.pdf
Page 79
b Page 80