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Undecided Ontario voters can’t put it off much longer.

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With provincial election day this Thursday, voters who still don’t see a “clear choice” in this campaign can look to election platforms and plans to determine which party would best represent their interests over the next four years.

The Ontario New Democrats, Liberals, and Green Party have released detailed election platforms.

The Progressive Conservatives are letting their 2022 budget and previous announcements stand as their plan.

The full plans and promises can be found on individual party websites or in the 2022 Ontario budget.

A full list of candidates and parties in the provincial election along with information on voting is located at elections.on.ca.

Platform/Budget Title

Green: The Green Plan

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Liberal: A Place To Grow

NDP: They Broke It, We’ll Fix It

PC: Ontario’s Plan To Build/Get It Done

Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner looks on during a press conference at Bloor-Bedford Parkette in Toronto as part of his campaign tour, on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner looks on during a press conference at Bloor-Bedford Parkette in Toronto as part of his campaign tour, on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES Photo by Tijana Martin /The Canadian Press

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Green: Double Ontario disability and Ontario Works rates

Liberal: Buck-a-ride, $1 transit fares across Ontario until 2024, eliminate HST on prepared food under $20; lower-income seniors to get $1,000 more per year in Old Age Security top up; eliminate corporate taxes for hard-hit small biz for two years; raise Ontario disability rates by 20%, match PC’s gas price cut

NDP: Cap auto insurance rates with task force to report on cutting them 40%; regulate gas prices; extend Staycation Tax Credit for two years; 20% hike in disability and Ontario Works rates

PC: Eliminated $120/$60 annual license plate renewal fee, cut gas prices by 5.7 cents per litre and fuel tax by 5.3 cents per litre starting July 1 for six months, expanded low income and families tax credit, ended Hwy 412/418 tolls, cut fares for riders when switching between some transit services

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Who Pays More?

Liberal: 1% surtax on companies in Ontario with more than $1B in annual profits; 2% income tax increase on individuals making over $500,000 a year, 2% tax on empty homes, “use it or lose it” levy on unused serviced land owned by speculators

Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca makes an announcement outside a big box store in Toronto on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES
Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca makes an announcement outside a big box store in Toronto on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES Photo by Chris Young /The Canadian Press

Green: 20% tax on third home for housing speculators, work with feds on $1% wealth tax over $10 million, 2% over $50 million; corporate tax increase of 2% over four years for large companies, congestion (gridlock) charges, 1% surcharge on households over $200,000; business carbon fee, bring back license plate renewal fees

NDP: 20% non-resident housing speculation tax; 13% corporate tax rate (not for small biz); 1% increase on income tax for those earning over $200,000 and 2% over $300,000; cancel PC gas tax cut

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PC: raised non-resident housing speculation tax to 20% and extended it across Ontario

Conservative Party leader Doug Ford talks during a campaign event in London, Ont., Saturday, May 21, 2022, at the site of a new development in the Glen Cairn neighbourhood.
Conservative Party Leader Doug Ford talks during a campaign event in London, Ont., Saturday, May 21, 2022. POSTMEDIA NETWORK Photo by JONATHAN JUHA / The London Free Press /Postmedia Network

Minimum Wage/Workers

Green: $16 an hour minimum wage in 2022, rising by $1 a year and top ups in cities with higher cost of living; 10 paid sick days; ban employers from requiring doctor’s sick note

Liberal: $16 an hour minimum wage to be replaced with “regional living wage;” four-day work week pilot project

NDP: $20 an hour minimum wage in 2026, $1-an-hour annual increases annually; 10 personal emergency leave days; create “Ontario Benefits” to give all workers access to dental and vision; four-day work week pilot project

PC: $15.50 minimum wage starting Oct. 1;$5,000 per nurse lump sum retention payment; millions of dollars in new aprenticeship and trades programs; right to disconnect from work and ban on non-compete clauses

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Getting There

Liberal: scrap Hwy. 413, build funded transit projects

Green: scrap new highways including Hwy. 413 and widening of Hwy. 417; taxpayer-funded commercial truck lane on Hwy. 407

NDP: scrap Hwy. 413; taxpayer-funded commercial truck lane on Hwy. 407; improved GO service; will build build-improve Hwy. 69, 11/17 and 3;

PC: build Hwy. 413 and Bradford Bypass as part of $25.1B over 10 years in highway construction and rehabilitation, $61.6B over 10 years in new and expanded GTA transit including Ontario Line

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath makes a campaign stop in Toronto on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath makes a campaign stop in Toronto on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS Photo by Nathan Denette /THE CANADIAN PRESS

Seniors, Kids and Families

Green: cap class sizes for Kindergarten at 26, Grades 4-8 at 24;

Liberal: cap class sizes in elementary and high school at 20 students; offer optional Grade 13; reduce before and after school child care to $10 a day

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NDP: cap class sizes at 24 for Grades 4-8; end standardized student (EQAO) testing and mandatory online high school credits; reduce before and after school care fees

PC: refundable Seniors Care at Home Tax Credit up to $10,000

Place To Live

Green: build 1.5 million homes, freeze urban boundaries, province-wide rent control

Liberal: build 1.5 million homes; province-wide rent control

NDP: rent control for all apartments

PC: build 1.5 million houses

Environment

Green: net zero carbon by 2045; electrify transportation, buildings and industry; up to $15,000 in homeowner energy retrofit incentives; end new gas hookups and fossil fuel infrastructure by 2025, shut down Pickering Nuclear station; $up to $10,000 incentive for fully electric vehicle, up to $1,000 for e-bike or used electric vehicle, create five new provincial parks

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Liberal: create five provincial parks, expand Greenbelt, cut carbon pollution in half by 2030;

NDP: 2035 goal to have all vehicle sales electric; incentive of up to $10,000 for electric vehicle purchase

PC: building new provincial park, investing in electric vehicle production and “green” steel

Health Care

Green: fund mental care with OHIP; partner with feds on universal pharmacare; 5% minimum annual hike in base hospital funding

Liberal: $1B to clear surgical/diagnostic waitlists; access to doctor/nurse within 24 hours

NDP: counselling and therapy services covered by OHIP, reduce waitlist for kids’ mental health services to 30 days, accelerated public dental care, investment to shorten surgical/diagnostic waitlists; work with feds on national pharmacare plan;

PC: $300 million surgical recovery strategy;

What’s The Deficit Damage?

Green: $20.1B in 2022/23, $12.3B in 2023/24, $8.2B in 2024/25, $6.2B in 2025/26

Liberal: $19.9B in 2022/23, $15.9B in 2023/24, $9B in 2024/25, $5B in 2025/26

NDP: $21.5B in 2022/23, $18.5B in 2023/24, $13B in 2024/25

PC: $19.9B in 2022/23, $12.3B in 2023/24, $7.6B in 2024/25, $5B in 2025/26

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Undecided Ontario voters can’t put it off much longer.

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With provincial election day this Thursday, voters who still don’t see a “clear choice” in this campaign can look to election platforms and plans to determine which party would best represent their interests over the next four years.

The Ontario New Democrats, Liberals, and Green Party have released detailed election platforms.

The Progressive Conservatives are letting their 2022 budget and previous announcements stand as their plan.

The full plans and promises can be found on individual party websites or in the 2022 Ontario budget.

A full list of candidates and parties in the provincial election along with information on voting is located at elections.on.ca.

Platform/Budget Title

Green: The Green Plan

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Liberal: A Place To Grow

NDP: They Broke It, We’ll Fix It

PC: Ontario’s Plan To Build/Get It Done

Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner looks on during a press conference at Bloor-Bedford Parkette in Toronto as part of his campaign tour, on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner looks on during a press conference at Bloor-Bedford Parkette in Toronto as part of his campaign tour, on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES Photo by Tijana Martin /The Canadian Press

Quick Cash

Green: Double Ontario disability and Ontario Works rates

Liberal: Buck-a-ride, $1 transit fares across Ontario until 2024, eliminate HST on prepared food under $20; lower-income seniors to get $1,000 more per year in Old Age Security top up; eliminate corporate taxes for hard-hit small biz for two years; raise Ontario disability rates by 20%, match PC’s gas price cut

NDP: Cap auto insurance rates with task force to report on cutting them 40%; regulate gas prices; extend Staycation Tax Credit for two years; 20% hike in disability and Ontario Works rates

PC: Eliminated $120/$60 annual license plate renewal fee, cut gas prices by 5.7 cents per litre and fuel tax by 5.3 cents per litre starting July 1 for six months, expanded low income and families tax credit, ended Hwy 412/418 tolls, cut fares for riders when switching between some transit services

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Who Pays More?

Liberal: 1% surtax on companies in Ontario with more than $1B in annual profits; 2% income tax increase on individuals making over $500,000 a year, 2% tax on empty homes, “use it or lose it” levy on unused serviced land owned by speculators

Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca makes an announcement outside a big box store in Toronto on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES
Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca makes an announcement outside a big box store in Toronto on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES Photo by Chris Young /The Canadian Press

Green: 20% tax on third home for housing speculators, work with feds on $1% wealth tax over $10 million, 2% over $50 million; corporate tax increase of 2% over four years for large companies, congestion (gridlock) charges, 1% surcharge on households over $200,000; business carbon fee, bring back license plate renewal fees

NDP: 20% non-resident housing speculation tax; 13% corporate tax rate (not for small biz); 1% increase on income tax for those earning over $200,000 and 2% over $300,000; cancel PC gas tax cut

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PC: raised non-resident housing speculation tax to 20% and extended it across Ontario

Conservative Party leader Doug Ford talks during a campaign event in London, Ont., Saturday, May 21, 2022, at the site of a new development in the Glen Cairn neighbourhood.
Conservative Party Leader Doug Ford talks during a campaign event in London, Ont., Saturday, May 21, 2022. POSTMEDIA NETWORK Photo by JONATHAN JUHA / The London Free Press /Postmedia Network

Minimum Wage/Workers

Green: $16 an hour minimum wage in 2022, rising by $1 a year and top ups in cities with higher cost of living; 10 paid sick days; ban employers from requiring doctor’s sick note

Liberal: $16 an hour minimum wage to be replaced with “regional living wage;” four-day work week pilot project

NDP: $20 an hour minimum wage in 2026, $1-an-hour annual increases annually; 10 personal emergency leave days; create “Ontario Benefits” to give all workers access to dental and vision; four-day work week pilot project

PC: $15.50 minimum wage starting Oct. 1;$5,000 per nurse lump sum retention payment; millions of dollars in new aprenticeship and trades programs; right to disconnect from work and ban on non-compete clauses

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Getting There

Liberal: scrap Hwy. 413, build funded transit projects

Green: scrap new highways including Hwy. 413 and widening of Hwy. 417; taxpayer-funded commercial truck lane on Hwy. 407

NDP: scrap Hwy. 413; taxpayer-funded commercial truck lane on Hwy. 407; improved GO service; will build build-improve Hwy. 69, 11/17 and 3;

PC: build Hwy. 413 and Bradford Bypass as part of $25.1B over 10 years in highway construction and rehabilitation, $61.6B over 10 years in new and expanded GTA transit including Ontario Line

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath makes a campaign stop in Toronto on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath makes a campaign stop in Toronto on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS Photo by Nathan Denette /THE CANADIAN PRESS

Seniors, Kids and Families

Green: cap class sizes for Kindergarten at 26, Grades 4-8 at 24;

Liberal: cap class sizes in elementary and high school at 20 students; offer optional Grade 13; reduce before and after school child care to $10 a day

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Article content

NDP: cap class sizes at 24 for Grades 4-8; end standardized student (EQAO) testing and mandatory online high school credits; reduce before and after school care fees

PC: refundable Seniors Care at Home Tax Credit up to $10,000

Place To Live

Green: build 1.5 million homes, freeze urban boundaries, province-wide rent control

Liberal: build 1.5 million homes; province-wide rent control

NDP: rent control for all apartments

PC: build 1.5 million houses

Environment

Green: net zero carbon by 2045; electrify transportation, buildings and industry; up to $15,000 in homeowner energy retrofit incentives; end new gas hookups and fossil fuel infrastructure by 2025, shut down Pickering Nuclear station; $up to $10,000 incentive for fully electric vehicle, up to $1,000 for e-bike or used electric vehicle, create five new provincial parks

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Liberal: create five provincial parks, expand Greenbelt, cut carbon pollution in half by 2030;

NDP: 2035 goal to have all vehicle sales electric; incentive of up to $10,000 for electric vehicle purchase

PC: building new provincial park, investing in electric vehicle production and “green” steel

Health Care

Green: fund mental care with OHIP; partner with feds on universal pharmacare; 5% minimum annual hike in base hospital funding

Liberal: $1B to clear surgical/diagnostic waitlists; access to doctor/nurse within 24 hours

NDP: counselling and therapy services covered by OHIP, reduce waitlist for kids’ mental health services to 30 days, accelerated public dental care, investment to shorten surgical/diagnostic waitlists; work with feds on national pharmacare plan;

PC: $300 million surgical recovery strategy;

What’s The Deficit Damage?

Green: $20.1B in 2022/23, $12.3B in 2023/24, $8.2B in 2024/25, $6.2B in 2025/26

Liberal: $19.9B in 2022/23, $15.9B in 2023/24, $9B in 2024/25, $5B in 2025/26

NDP: $21.5B in 2022/23, $18.5B in 2023/24, $13B in 2024/25

PC: $19.9B in 2022/23, $12.3B in 2023/24, $7.6B in 2024/25, $5B in 2025/26

[email protected]

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