Affordable Cost of Living

Affordable Cost of Living

Making life more affordable is a key objective of the Ontario Liberal Party. Ontario families expect government to work hard to ensure that the costs of everyday life are made more affordable. By focusing on key household costs, the government is able to help families live better lives. There is more to do in this area and we are looking to you to find practical solutions to issues of affordability in day to day life.

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Create a Greater Toronto Transit Agency

Public transportation is vital to the prosperity and well being of a large, metropolitan area. The population of the City of Toronto has grown to 3 million people, which is larger that combined populations of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador COMBINED, and is expected to grow to close to 4 million by 2031 while the Greater Toronto Area has a population of over 6 million people ...more »

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A New and Fairer Lottery for Ontario

The existing lotteries in Ontario offer very poor odds and due to their bi-weekly or instant nature draw people into an addictive and often dangerously expensive habit. Therefore the Government of Ontario should create a Premium Bond Lottery as exists in the United Kingdom as part of the UK government's National Savings and Investments scheme. As in the UK the government would promise to buy back the bond, on request, ...more »

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MANDATORY SCHOOL UNIFORMS ACROSS ONTARIO’S PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM

Mandatory school uniforms in the province of Ontario, within our public education system presents many advantages for students, families and the overall education system. Today's generation of students (children, pre-teens and teenagers) are interested in keeping up with the latest trends and fashions on the market, as seen in retail stores, online, social media and also advertised in print. However, with the rising ...more »

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PROVINCIAL SENIOR HOUSING STRATEGY

WHEREAS housing constitutes a basic need; WHEREAS research has shown that seniors living alone are particularly hard pressed financially, with estimates of more than 1 in 4 single seniors, most of whom are women, living in poverty ; WHEREAS most seniors want to continue living on their own as long as possible ; WHEREAS many seniors prefer to continue independent living with care, rather than living in a retirement residence ...more »

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ESTABLISH TAX CLAIM AMOUNTS FOR PARENTS OF UNEMPLOYED POST-SECONDARY GRADUATE DEPENDANTS LIVING AT HOME

WHEREAS research has found that more than one in three (34.7%) young adults aged 20 to 34 were living with at least one parent in 2016, a share that has been increasing since 2001 ; WHEREAS increasing numbers of single parents and married couples/spouses are having to utilize their earnings and personal savings to support their young adult children throughout their post-secondary education and following graduation; WHEREAS ...more »

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MAKE IT ELIGIBLE FOR PARENTS TO RECEIVE A TAX CREDIT FOR UNEMPLOYED POST-SECONDARY GRADUATE DEPENDANTS LIVING AT HOME

WHEREAS research has found that more than one in three (34.7%) young adults aged 20 to 34 were living with at least one parent in 2016, a share that has been increasing since 2001 ; WHEREAS increasing numbers of single parents and married couples/spouses are having to utilize their earnings, wages and personal savings to support their young adult children throughout their post-secondary education - only to find that following ...more »

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ESTABLISH DISTINCT INCOME TAX RELIEF FOR SINGLE SENIOR WOMEN

WHEREAS research has found that 1 in 4 single seniors, most of whom are women, live in poverty ; WHEREAS research has shown that Canadian women earn less per dollar than men and are more likely to be employed part-time and involuntarily away from work more than men - all of which impacts their earnings over a lifetime; WHEREAS research has shown that Canadian women working full-time earned $0.88 to every $1 earned ...more »

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ESTABLISH AN ALLOWANCE FOR SINGLE SENIOR WOMEN

WHEREAS research has found that 1 in 4 single seniors, most of whom are women, live in poverty ; WHEREAS research has found that women accumulate less earning in their life time, as they are more likely to be employed part time and away from work for involuntary reasons (such as their own illness, disability, personal or familial reasons, including maternity and parental leave ) than men ; WHEREAS research has shown ...more »

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MAKE OLD AGE SECURITY (OAS) AND CANADA PENSION PLAN (CPP) BENEFITS TAX FREE

WHEREAS growing numbers of low-income and middle-class seniors are not financially prepared for retirement and have very little to no savings and/or investments; WHEREAS a substantial proportion of middle-income Canadians without an employer pension plan will face a dramatic drop in living standards during their retirement years ; WHEREAS poverty is an increasing risk for many seniors and the growing number of seniors ...more »

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ALLOW EARLY ACCESS TO CANADA PENSION PLAN (CPP) BENEFITS WITHOUT PENALTY FOR SENIORS

WHEREAS a growing number of seniors face financial hardship; WHEREAS research data has shown that in Canada, 12 percent of seniors live in poverty, amounting to almost 600,000 people ; WHEREAS research has also shown that seniors living alone are particularly hard pressed financially, with estimates of more than 1 in 4 single seniors, most of whom are women, living in poverty ; WHEREAS the cost of living has increased ...more »

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INCREASING MAXIMUM LIMITS FOR OLD AGE SECURITY (OAS) & GUARANTEED INCOME SUPPLEMENT (GIS)

WHEREAS the number of Canadian seniors over the age of 65 years is set to double ; WHEREAS there remains an ongoing need to ensure that increasing numbers of seniors are not struggling to afford their living expenses, basic needs and experiencing housing and/or food insecurity; WHEREAS the numbers of Canadians who are at risk of poverty will increase with a growing influx of increasingly poor and low income seniors ; ...more »

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INCOME TAX RELIEF FOR SENIORS UTILIZING CANADA PENSION PLAN (CPP) AND OLD AGE SECURITY (OAS) BENEFITS

WHEREAS senior citizens compromise a growing number of Canadians living in poverty and with low incomes; WHEREAS poverty among seniors has economic implications which adversely impact our country ; WHEREAS there remains an ongoing need to mitigate the increasing number of seniors living in poverty; WHEREAS seniors who lack an adequate income can’t participate in activities and spending that benefits the economy – in fact, ...more »

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