KEY POINTS IN LIBERAL PARTY PLATFORM
Paid Sick Leave
A core promise from the Liberals is introducing 10 days of paid sick leave for federally regulated workers, with the ability to use those days in any desired increment of time.
The Liberals are also promising, if re-elected, to work with the provinces and territories to discuss legislating sick leave across Canada
As rent and housing prices continue to rise, particularly in Canada's largest cities, the Liberals are stressing that "all Canadians deserve a safe and affordable place to call home."
The party has put forward a three-point housing plan:
Unlock home ownership, promising that a family buying their first home will be able to save up to $30,000
Commit $1 billion in loans and grants for rent-to-own projects with private, not-for-profit, and co-op partners
Introduce a tax-free First Home Savings Account to allow Canadians under 40 to save up to $40,000 toward their first home, withdraw it tax-free with no requirement to repay the amount
Make the First Time Home Buyer Incentive more flexible with the option of a deferred mortgage loan
Double the First-Time Home Buyers Tax Credit to $10,000
Reduce the price charged by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation on mortgage insurance by 25 per cent, estimated to save each person about $6,100
Build more homes
Build, preserve, or repair 1.4 million homes in the next four years
Increase funding to the National Housing Co-investment fund for a total of $2.7 billion over 4 years
Convert empty office space into housing with a $600 million financial commitment
Co-develop housing with Indigenous partners an Urban, Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy
Implement locally-oriented homelessness prevention and reduction programs
Protect your rights
Introduce a Home Buyers’ Bill of Rights to: ban blind bidding, establish a legal right to a home inspection, require real estate agents to disclose when they are involved in both sides of a potential sale, implement a publicly accessible beneficial ownership registry, require banks and lenders offer mortgage deferrals for up to 6 months in the event of job loss or other event, mandate that mortgage lenders nee to inform buyers of all financing choices and programs available
Implement an anti-flipping tax on residential properties that requires home to be held for at least 12 months
Ban new foreign ownership of Canadian houses for the next two years
Liberals are promising to continue to work with provinces and territories to build a "stronger health care system."
Some of these core actions include:
Invest $6 billion to support the elimination of health system waitlists
Hire 7,500 family doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners with a $3.2 billion investment over 4 years beginning in 2022
Provide $400 million over 4 years to expand virtual health care services
Increase student loan forgiveness to health professionals opting to work in rural communities and offer them a one-time tax incentive to that allowed them to deduct up to $15,000 in income cumulatively during their first 3 years of practice
The Liberals plan to invest $9 billion over five years to supports seniors, with a focus on those living in long-term care. This funding will include:
Raise wages for personal support workers, including a guaranteed minimum wage of at least $25 per hour
Train up to 50,000 new personal support workers
Double the Home Accessibility Tax Credit from $10,000 to $20,000 to provide up to $1,500 in additional support to help seniors stay in their homes longer
Commit $3 billion in funding for the provinces and territories to address the quality and capacity of long-term care homes
Develop a Safe Long Term Care Act to "guaranteed the care they deserve, no matter where they live"
Environment, climate change
The Liberal Party's messaging very much stresses that there is a "climate crisis" and that "we can't wait" to take action to combat these concerns.
The Liberal promises related to action to fight against climate change include:
Invest $50 million to help train at least 1,000 firefighters, including the expansion Indigenous-led fire crews
Dedicate $450 million ahead of the next fire season to allow provinces and territories to invest in the equipment needed to fight wildfires
Expand the eligibility requirements of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) deep home retrofit program and Canada Greener Home Grants to include more "climate resilience measures"
Work with the insurance industry to find more cost-effective ways to protect communities from climate impacts, including floods and wildfires
Create a Climate Adaptation Home Rating Program to work in tandem with the EnerGuide home energy audits
Provide a $1.4 billion top up the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund to support wildfire mitigation activities, rehabilitation of storm water systems, and restoration of wetlands and shorelines
Invest $1.9 billion over five years to support provincial and territorial disaster response and recovery efforts
Commit $100.6 million over five years to help the Parks Canada Agency enhance wildfire preparedness in national parks
Increase total AgriRecovery funding to up to $500 million
Complete flood maps with provinces and territories for higher-risk areas, including mapping areas in Northern Canada at risk of wildfires
The Liberals continue to applaud the government's work on introducing support programs for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy.
If re-election, the Liberals promise to:
Extend the Canada Recovery Hiring Program to Mar. 31, 2022 for businesses to increase wages, create new jobs
Provide Canada’s tourism industry with temporary wage and rent support of up to 75 per cent of their expenses until May 31, 2022
Launch the Arts and Culture Recovery Program to match ticket sales for performing arts, live theatres, and other cultural venues to compensate for reduced capacity until May 2022
Extend COVID-related insurance coverage for media production stoppages from Mar. 31, 2022 to Dec. 31, 2022
Provide $50 million to the Canada Council of the Arts to implement a "transitional support program" to help bridge workers from the creative industry who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
Liberals are stressing that the COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on how without child care options parents, particularly women, cannot participate in the workforce.
Stemming from that, the party is plans to implement an average $10 a day early learning and child care for families within the next five years, outside of Quebec. The Liberals also intend to work with that province on building an affordable child care system in Quebec.
Other promises related to child care include:
Achieve a 50 per cent reduction in average fees for regulated early learning and child care by the end of next year
Invest $29.2 million in the Enabling Accessibility Fund to help child care centres improve their physical accessibility
Dedicate $2.5 billion over the next five years in Indigenous early learning and child care