Sustainable Communities

Northern Ontario - Rail Link

GO Transit now reaches Barrie, we need this extended to reach Sudbury, currently the options to go from Sudbury to Toronto are Air (very expensive, and requires you to drive 40 mins away from Sudbury core to the airport. The other option is to drive or take the bus, which isn't the most efficient mode of transport. The current rail link goes a round about way and has weird timing, leave at 1P.M. and takes 7 hours to get ...more »

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Sustainable Communities

Eliminate property tax subsidy component of OMPF

Over $500 million/year is transferred from the Ontario government to municipalities deemed to have an insufficient tax base to maintain certain levels of municipal service through the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund. This discourages municipalities from becoming more efficient, such as through changes to zoning, development charges, and property taxes to cause more compact land use. The property taxpayers of the city ...more »

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Fair & Just Society

Abolish the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund

Why should one region be prioritized over any other, especially taking into account the fact that northern Ontario is overrepresented in the provincial and federal legislatures? I believe this crown corporation costs over $100 million/year, while discouraging self-sufficiency.

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Fair & Just Society

Eliminate northern allowance in campaign spending

Candidates in the electoral districts which the Ontario government designates as being northern Ontario are permitted to spend more in election campaigns compared to the rest of Ontario. Northern Ontario already receives greater representation in the provincial legislature than one would expect given its population.

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Jobs & Economy

Eliminate the northern industrial electricity rate

Industrial activity which occurs in northern Ontario pays less for electricity than industrial activity which occurs in "southern" Ontario, costing the Ontario government approximately $100 million/year. This discourages conservation measures and decentralized energy generation.

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Eliminate Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit

If one cannot afford to pay for utilities and property taxes, one cannot afford to reside in the type of dwelling unit one currently occupies. One has the option of moving to a smaller or higher-density dwelling unit, which is less costly to service, or accept one or more paying tenant, which would lower the cost of housing and transportation, and yield more compact land use. This credit is also effectively a northern ...more »

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