Inclusive Growth

Inclusive Growth

The Ontario Liberal Party is committed to a thriving economy where everyone benefits from growing prosperity. Even though the economy overall is strong and growing, we know that not all people of Ontario are feeling the benefits of that growth. Our plan for fairness and opportunity must seek to foster inclusive growth through policies that support a dynamic and innovative economy. We need your best ideas about what those should be!

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Climate Change Forum

I think People of Ontario will be benefit a lot if the Province hosted a forum where scientists, economists, and other specialists could have a dialogue where everyone learns more about the facts, the science, the solutions, and the best approaches that we should adopt.

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Invest in Emerging Technologies

Ontario will miss out on breakthroughs in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics and nanotechnology if the provincial government fails to allocate more money for research and development in nurturing these exciting emerging industries which have the potential to create literally millions of good paying jobs in just Ontario alone - if done properly. While countries such as China, South Korea and Japan have invested ...more »

Submitted by (@trevor)

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Increased Practical Support for Small Local Businesses

Locally-based service and other small businesses comprise 95% of all businesses in Canada and form the backbone of our economy. Yet there is very little programming in place, research being done is not made practical or communicated to the sector, and help is by no means evenly distributed across the province. There are many simple strategies that could help service businesses innovate, and prevent the high failure rate ...more »

Submitted by (@ready2)

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Community housing

I can remember a time when low rental homes had contests for the best garden and inspections were done to ensure the maintenance of homes were kept up. Communities joined together and ran programs to keep kids busy and parents involved with their children. Small businesses knew their employees from communities and trusted them enough to employ them. Neighborhood watch was there to protect families. Bullying was shamed. ...more »

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Raise the exemption level for the Employer Health Tax

The Government of Ontario should raise the exemption level for the Employer Health Tax from $450,000 to $1,000,000 in payroll as this would automatically and immediately benefit small businesses and non-profit organizations to lower their labour costs. They would no longer have to fill out paperwork to apply or wait until they file their taxes. This plan would not create a disincentive for small businesses to grow. It ...more »

Submitted by (@trevor)

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SMALL BUSINESS START-UP LOANS

Sole proprietors whether current 2nd+ generation citizens or more importantly 1rst generation citizens MUST have start up cash made available ( Government / Bank partnership) to new entrepreneurs . I found this personally , very helpful in opening my 2 small stores using my funds and private qualified loans matched by the Government incentive loans. Service sector while dependant on manufacturing and production employment ...more »

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Just employment in marijuana legalization

As cannabis becomes legalized and the Ontario government sets up the crown corporation that sells it to the public, let's recognize all of the entrepreneurs from the black market who were arrested and put in jail for selling a substance that is about to be legalized. I propose that the new crown corporation should prioritize hiring people who have served time in prison for marijuana-related offenses as staff, managers, ...more »

Submitted by (@timnash)

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Liberate the market for alcohol and beer

Through the use of government power, the LCBO and the Beer Store control almost all retail sales of alcohol in Ontario. This unjustly prevents many people from creating or expanding their own business to include alcohol sales. This type of action is a clear violation of the right of citizens to engage in trade with each other for mutual benefit. We are stuck with limited outlets, limited inventory, limited hours and high ...more »

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Establish the Ontario Investment Bank for capital/infrastructure projects ...

Establish an investment bank for capital/infrastructure projects such as affordable housing/apts/condominiums, community centres, retirement homes, long term care facilities.

 

Local municipalities could apply and prioritize project initiatives.

 

Allow for international investors for such projects to lead to a permanent pathway to citizenship (first step would be permanent residency)

Submitted by (@ferdfromdurham)

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Make Ontario a Leader in Encouraging Social Business

An increasing number of people today are looking to both make a dollar and a positive social impact through social business. Etsy, Warby Parker, Ben and Jerry's, Mission Belt, Peaceful Fruits, Krotchet Kids, Harry's Razors... these are just a few examples of the well known companies who started small and embraced social entrepreneurship from their earliest days. In Toronto, Artisella.ca went from humble pop up shops at ...more »

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