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List of Ontario election promises as it relates to manufacturing, broken down by party

All of the major Ontario parties have made announcements related to manufacturing, promising investments in a variety of related sectors.

May 9, 2022   The Canadian Press

A running list of election promises announced by the Progressive Conservatives, NDP, Liberals and Greens in Ontario since late March:

Progressive Conservatives

May 7: Continue with work to build road infrastructure to the Ring of Fire.

Balance the budget in 2027-28.

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Invest an additional $114.4 million over three years in a Skilled Trades Strategy. Provide an additional $268.5 over three years to Employment Ontario.

April 27: Invest an additional $15.1 million over three years to improve and expand the Immigrant Nominee Program.

April 26: Move the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board head office from Toronto to London, Ont.

April 20: Introduce a legislative amendment to raise compensation for workers injured on the job.

NDP

Raise the minimum wage to $20 in 2026, with $1-an-hour increases annually. Legislate 10 permanent personal emergency leave days.

Implement a four-day work week pilot project.

Reduce Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Establish a new cap-and-trade system. Offer up to $10,000 incentives for zero-emission vehicles, excluding luxury vehicles. Expand the Greenbelt. Ban non-medical single-use plastics by 2024.

Restore the previous government’s free tuition program. Convert post-secondary student loans to grants. Retroactively erase student loan interest.

Increase Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program rates by 20 per cent and index raises to inflation. Restart a basic income pilot.

April 22: Plant one billion trees by 2030. Establish a Youth Climate Corps. Mandate all newly built public, residential and commercial buildings to have net-zero emissions by 2030. Have 100 per cent of vehicle sales be zero emission by 2035. Introduce a new cap-and-trade program. Electrify all municipal transit by 2040. Give households $600 to install electric vehicle charging stations.

Liberals

May 3: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Strengthen requirements of industrial emitters and reinvest and match all proceeds into grants, tax credits and loan guarantees through a Green Jobs Fund to support made-in-Ontario clean technology. Put $9 billion over four years into a clean economy plan, creating 25,000 new green jobs and the Green Jobs Fund. Expand the Greenbelt and designate 30 per cent of Ontario land as protected, up from 10 per cent. Provide 100,000 grants of up to $3,000 each year to people and businesses with green renovations. Ban new natural gas plants. Eliminate set-up connection fees for rooftop solar panels. Introduce a new $250 million-a-year fund to help communities become climate resilient. Divert and recycle 60 per cent of waste from landfills by 2030 and 85 per cent by 2050. Update the building code to require new buildings and renovations to be held to energy efficiency and climate resiliency standards by 2025.

Offer rebates of up to $8,000 for electric vehicles up to retail prices of $65,000 and $1,500 for charging equipment. Require all new passenger vehicles sold in Ontario to be zero-emission by 2035.

March 28: Boost the minimum wage to $16 an hour by Jan. 1. Work to set regional living wages. Establish 10 paid sick days and reimburse businesses for costs of up to $200 per day. Create a portable benefits package. Restore equal pay provisions. Eliminate corporate taxes for two years for small businesses “deeply” hurt by the pandemic, end incorporation fees for new startups, and classify gig workers as employees.

Greens

April 29: Significantly expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure, including in parking lots, transit stations, highway rest stops and homes. Add 4,000 electric and fuel-cell buses by 2030. Electrify GO Transit and Metrolinx.

April 22: Double the size of the Greenbelt to include a Bluebelt of protected waterways. Implement a moratorium on new gravel mining permits to protect water and farmland.

April 1: Offer rebates of up to $10,000 for electric cars, and $1,000 for e-bikes and used electric cars. Bring 60,000 diverse young people into the green workforce and provide one year of free tuition and guaranteed apprenticeship. Increase sustainable, circular and Indigenous-led access to critical minerals and metals. Scale up electric vehicle innovation and production with a $5-billion EV mobility and green technology innovation fund and a $4-billion climate bank.