Jobs & Economy

High Speed Rail along Windsor-Quebec corridor

No more studies, we should immediately begin the construction of a high-speed railway in the Windsor-Quebec City corridor. Multiple studies have already demonstrated the viability of the project which could also be linked to the U.S. high speed rail network currently under construction. Moreover, the project would also have national benefits were the contract tendered to Bombardier and steel purchased from Ontario steelworkers. ...more »

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Promote Telecommuting

Where telecommuting reduces traffic congestion and pollution, the Ontario Liberals should introduce legislation that promotes telecommuting through various incentive programs.

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Forget Keystone XL and bring Canadian Oil to Ontario!

Bring our Oil, Affordable Fuel Prices, and Jobs to Ontario! Canada is a net exporter of gasoline. Yet, Ontario imports billions of liters of fuel mostly from refineries in Quebec and the US. Moreover, Ontarian middle class families pay much more at the pump than do our neighbours. Canadian crude production is expected to double in the next decade. While Canadian companies are ready to build expensive Keystone XL pipeline ...more »

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Sustainable Communities

More Deep Lake Water Cooling

Enwave's Deep Lake Water Cooling design provides downtown Toronto with an equivalent of 207MW worth of air-conditioning while not putting back latent waste heat into the lake[1]. This was put in place in 2004. Other Ontario cities around Great Lakes can also implement such a process. OPA/OPG needs to stop denying a technology that clearly works and instead promote and invest in it across the province for increased ...more »

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Education

Give Unemployed Teachers Meaningful Work

There are many families currently paying a lot of money to private tutoring services for after-school help for children of all ages. Why not set up after-school help in the schools by employing unemployed teachers to provide tutoring services. They could be paid the same wages they are being forced to accept in unrelated fields while they bide their time until the demographics play out and opportunities become available. ...more »

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Education

Formal Apprenticeships

Ontario should introduce formal apprenticeship programs in all areas (e.g., trades, service industries), with a clear progression from apprentice to journeyman to master. Young people, working at a an apprenticeship salary (not for free) would be trained---in the work place---by "master craftspeople" (working at an apprentice salary), but would also need to qualify (e.g., passing some type of practical and/or theory ...more »

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First Nations - Indigenous People Skills Training

Partner with First Nations-Indigenous corporations in large infrastructure projects in large urban centres (at least 5% revenue share). Host organization mandate to upskill First Nations-Indigenous corporations with necessary skills to provide sustainable independent existence. Training should allow for both Administrative and Labour related trades. Infrastructure development in First Nations - Indigenous communities ...more »

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Farming out jobs

Industries that farm out their labor force to other countries must pay a levy to the Government to compensate for the loss of local jobs.

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Buy Ontario

Require all municipal and provincial agencies to give preference to Ontario based vendors when an RFP or a service agreement would generate jobs

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Private Sector Job-Sharing/Mentorship to Create Jobs for Youth

When folks get close to retirement, many of them start feeling concerned about not feeling as needed afterwards. They have concerns that their institutional knowledge will be lost. So many stick around longer than originally planned. This prevents new jobs from opening up for young people. A possible solution to this is to introduce a pilot program that would keep these retirees involved in their field while creating ...more »

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End outsourcing in Public Services

How come when private companies outsource everyone says its bad but when government does it to Ontarians its ok? Outsourcing is wrong... Period. People need good jobs with pensions and benefits not contract positions with nothing to end the cycle. Government should be an example of what is RIGHT not what is wrong. (and I don't work for Ontario PS BTW)

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Encourage the spending of "dead money"

Former Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney said in August 2012 that there was 500 billion dollars of "dead money" that corporations and businesses across Canada are just sitting on! I would rather see this money spent improving the economy and creating jobs across Ontario rather then see this money sent back to the shareholders. The government must have incentives, tax breaks or some other carrot they can dangle in front ...more »

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