Affordable Cost of Living

Either Raise and Index the Current $4 Meal Sales Tax Exemption or Cancel It

When Bob Rae's NDP Ontario government removed the provincial sales tax from meals under $4 in the early 1990s it was a significant move. Nearly all fast food and cafe meals were priced below $4 and removing the PST had a significant impact. Fast forward 25 years and the $4 exemption threshold has not changed -- though meal prices certainly have! It is nearly impossible to find any cafe/restaurant that serves a complete ...more »

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Affordable Cost of Living

No provincial tax for seniors with yearly income under $ 30,000

Seniors with a yearly income under $ 30,000 shall not pay any provincial taxes. Ontarians that worked all their lives shall not live in poverty in Ontario. we need to take care of our seniors because they are our parents and soon it will be us. By not charging provincial taxes for seniors with a yearly income under $ 30.000 we help to improve the level of net income for our seniors. Rather than charging provincial taxes ...more »

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A Culture of Health

Charge employers for use of sick notes that result in unnecessary visits to the doctor.

Often employers seek sick notes for employees needing a sick day as proof of illness, this practice often results as a tax on the sick as doctors notes are not covered by OHIP, but as well for many short term illness that are 1-3 days long that do not warrant medical intervention. This practice is no doubt a burden upon our healthcare system and working people of this province for the sole reason of employers not placing ...more »

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A Culture of Health

Patients diagnosed with Mental Health illnesses must get Disability Tax Credit

Families with Children with mental issues must get tax relief, automatically they should receive disability tax credit, Parents have to get in tons of debt to help their kid with different treatments, special programs, extra curricular activities, private schools, etc. Several kids with mental illnesses can't be part of a public school so parents have to make loans to get them in private school which are very expensive. ...more »

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Land value tax

Property taxes should be based on the value of land alone rather than the current system of land and building. This would shift the incentive structure towards construction from the fringe of metropolitan areas to underutilized properties where the infrastructure is largely already in place (vacant lots, gas stations, parking lots). This would make active transportation more competitive, lower air and noise pollution ...more »

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Strong Sustainable Communities

Permit municipal gas tax for public transit

Montréal, Vancouver and Victoria impose 3¢/L, 17¢/L and 3.5¢/L municipal excise taxes on gasoline, respectively, to fund public transit. This results in more compact land use (resulting in lower cost to provide government services), makes active transportation and public transit more competitive, reduce the pressure to use fares, sales, income or property taxes to fund transportation, and reduce air and noise pollution ...more »

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Responsive Government

Raising Revenues Through New, Fair And Progressive Sources

Ontarians know good government isn’t free. But they expect their government to use public dollars to ensure that they are getting the basics right: a health care system that keeps people healthy, an education system that helps everyone succeed, and a social safety net that helps people when they need it. Big, profitable corporations and those at the top will contribute their fair share. Regressive taxes and user-pay ...more »

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