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1. Submit your Proposal

This entails filling out the online form and completing all required fields. Please take a look through the current Policy Book to check if your proposal is already an existing policy. Don’t forget to familiarize yourself with the definition of a policy statement.

Deadline: Aug 12, 2022 5pm EST.

Please note – To participate in the policy submission process you must be a member in good standing (meaning your membership has been active for at least 2 weeks). As the deadline to submit policy ideas is August 12th, the deadline to become a member and participate in the policy submission process is Friday, July 29!

2. Committee Review and Feedback

The Policy Committee will check each proposal to ensure it satisfies the submission requirements. Each author will receive notice and be informed of the status of their proposal. Please ensure you have consulted the current Policy Book and your proposal is a Policy Statement. And please follow the directions on the submission form to ensure your submission is successful.

The feedback will include one of two things:

  1. This proposal satisfies all the submission criteria and can proceed through the process. If you choose, the Committee will provide advice on how best to do this.
  2. This proposal does not satisfy the submission criteria. The reasons will be explained and are most likely because the Policy Statement already exists or that the proposal doesn’t satisfy the definition of a Policy Statement.

Deadline: The review period will be completed by August 19, 2022.

3. Comment and Sponsorship Period

Members will be encouraged to review and provide feedback on draft Policy Statements in an online forum from August 26 – Sept. 5.

You can also take this time to find the required sponsors.

All Policy Statements must be authored by a member in good standing and be sponsored by:

  • Fifteen (15) members in good standing, as well as
  • One (1) Policy Committee member, OR one (1) Shadow Cabinet member OR 5 additional members in good standing

The final submission deadline for your Policy Statement including all sponsors is 5pm EST on Sept. 9, 2022. All Policy Proposals need to be finalized and include all the required sponsors in order to continue through the process.

Note: at any time the Committee may suggest edits to your Policy Proposal for clarity and ease of understanding.

4. Member Ranking

Starting on Sept 30, 2022, GPO members in good standing will have a chance to rank their top 10 draft Policy Proposals to determine which will be considered at the Convention.

As there is limited time for the consideration of resolutions at the Convention, resolutions will be considered in order of ranking.

To make sure that there is robust participation and broad representation of Policy Proposals at the AGM, please encourage members that you know to participate in the ranking!

Deadline: October 24, 2022 at 5pm EST

5. Voting at Convention

If your Policy Statement is ranked in the top 10, it will be on the list to be presented at the Convention.

As the author, you will be asked to briefly introduce your Policy Statement. It will then be discussed and voted on. Read more about the debate and voting process at Convention.

6. Celebrate!

If your Policy Statement passes at Convention – congratulations! It will now become a part of the GPO Policy Book and inform direction for our MPPs and candidates.

If your Policy Statement doesn’t pass at Convention, take heart. You’ve done a lot of work to get this far and you can either incorporate feedback you have heard and try again another year; or decide that you’ve added to the strength of the GPO by facilitating good discussion.

In either case, thank you for all your efforts.

References

Ways to Participate in Policy Statement Development

Help the Committee by offering assistance

If you have an area of expertise or interest and would like to offer assistance to the Committee please email policy@gpo.ca.

Help the authors by giving feedback

Have a look online at the submitted Draft Policy Statements from August 26 to Sept. 5, 2022 and give feedback to the authors.

If you like a draft Policy Statement, you can help it get to convention by adding your support as a sponsor.

Help choose which Policy Statements matter most

Rank the top 10 Policy Statements that you think are most important to discuss at the 2021 Convention via an online ballot sent out Sept. 30, 2022. Make sure you participate by Oct. 24, 2022 deadline.

Discuss, learn and vote at the 2022 GPO Convention

Join us October 28-29, 2022!

You’ll hear updates from our Leader Mike Schreiner, hear the results of our Provincial Executive elections, and vote on Policy Statements

Policy Process Changes From 2020

In 2019, members voted to make this process even easier for you to get involved.

Objectives

  • Improve ease, efficacy, and inclusiveness of the process
  • Improve the quality of the output
  • Empower all members to participate
  • Encourage diversity and member collaboration
  • Encourage Policy Statements that are inclusive and represent all Ontarians

Major Changes

Each Submitter will develop their Policy Proposal

The Policy Process will no longer have an option for members to submit ideas for the Committee to develop. Instead there will be opportunities throughout the year, via workshops, zoom meetings and/or Slack conversations for members to share and discuss ideas. This facilitates a greater opportunity for collaboration, proposal development and increased member participation.

Policy Committee may select an additional 5 Proposals

In addition to the ten proposals selected during the Member Ranking Period, the Policy Committee may select up to five additional proposals. This is done to ensure the Policy Book is comprehensive and contains Policy Statements addressing all issues affecting our province and its people. A maximum of 15 Policy Proposals will be presented at the Convention.

Reminder: Members develop Policy Statements

A Policy Statement “is defined as a principle-based statement which does not contain any specific strategy or tactical statement, but provides direction to the Leader, Issue Advocates and Party Members of Provincial Parliament.”

FAQ

How do I submit a Policy Statement?

The GPO has an established process where any current member can submit a Policy Statement Proposal.

Please take a look through the current Policy Book to check if your proposal is already an existing policy. If not, would it be best dealt with by making an amendment to an existing policy? or would it be a new Policy? What section of The Policy Book would your proposal fall under?

You must submit your Policy Proposal using our webform or by emailing policy@gpo.ca before 5PM EST on August 12, 2022.

We strongly suggest you use our webform to ensure your Policy Proposal is submitted correctly. You may contact policy@gpo.ca if you have any further questions.

What is a Policy Statement?

“Policy Statement” is defined as a principle-based statement which does not contain any specific strategy or tactical statement, but provides direction to the Leader, Issue Advocates and Party Members of Provincial Parliament.

What are the required components of a Policy Statement submission?

All required fields need to be populated using the webform on the GPO website. Members are strongly encouraged to connect with the Policy Committee prior to submission if you have any questions. If you require assistance, you can email policy@gpo.ca.

Do I need to gather sponsors and develop policy myself?

You can seek help and feedback by contacting our Policy Committee. Or, the Committee will contact you if you submit your Policy Statement using the form.

The Committee is responsible for leading the review of policy resolutions prior to submission, and will provide, at the member’s request, reasonable support and guidance to facilitate a member completing a Policy Statement.

The Committee may also develop the Policy Statement Proposals that best meet the current and emerging needs of the Party.

The Committee’s resources include direct access to Shadow Cabinet and members who have expressed interest in reviewing policy. Members are encouraged to take advantage of these resources and increases the likelihood that your Policy Statement will receive enough sponsors and pass at the convention.

What are the deadlines?

Submission deadline for proposals*
August 12, 2022 at 5pm (the deadline to become a member and participate in the policy submission process is Friday, July 29)
Submit your proposal

Committee gives feedback to Idea Authors
August 19, 2022

Draft statements published ready for comment
August 26, 2022

Comment period open (10 days)
August 26-Sept 5, 2022

Finalized Policy Statement and sponsorship deadline
Sept. 9, 2022

Ballot for PE elections and Policy Statement Ranking
Sept. 30 to Oct. 24, 2022

Convention
October 28-29, 2022

*Note you are not required to have sponsors by August 12 at 5pm, but you must submit your proposal by this date.

Following a review and comment period, final resolutions that include required sponsors must be received by Sept. 9 at 5 pm.

It is advised that you start the development process early to ensure that you have enough time to make revisions and gather sponsors.

Is my Policy Statement approved as long as I submit it?

Submission of your Policy Statement Proposal on time, with sufficient sponsors, and with the Committee’s approval, will ensure that the Policy Statement is on the ranking ballot that will go to all members.

The top 10 member ranked Policy Statements will be considered at the Convention.

How can I help ensure my policy is passed?

A policy resolution that is highly relevant, well researched, and consistent with our values, will likely receive enough sponsors and rank highly on the resolution ranked ballot.

Sharing your policy among members in advance and attending the convention will also be helpful.

The submitter, or a designant, should be prepared to answer questions about the resolution at the convention. A compelling introduction to the floor, and due diligence in advance of the convention, increase your chances of success considerably.

Submit your proposal

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Name(Required)
Postal Code(Required)
Type of motion(Required)
How would this Policy Statement affect the Constitution, Bylaws, or Policy?(Required)
(please specify all that are or may be impacted)

Policy Statement Information

Please choose a title that accurately describes the content of your policy motion and that members will easily understand. For example, the title of a By-law amendment could be "Amendment to By-law O - Events" and that for a policy motion could be "Environment & Climate Change: Reducing carbon emissions". Be sure to make the title short, interesting and relevant.
The preamble clauses briefly summarize the context and intent of your motion. Each clause of the preamble begins with the word "Whereas". Please do not exceed four clauses in the Preamble of at most 50 words each. Very long introductions tend to confuse rather than enlighten the reader. Longer explanations or background material should be entered in the "Supporting material" area above. For example, "WHEREAS the Values of the Green Party of Ontario include Ecological Wisdom and Sustainability, and WHEREAS protections for air quality and urban forests reflect these Values."
The operative clauses contain the substance of the motion that you wish to present to the Convention. Each clause should begin, "Be it resolved that...". Please do not exceed four clauses of at most 50 words each. Very long motions would normally need to be divided into separate motions for clarity.
Sponsors
These people support the policy motion as presented. Enter each sponsorʼs name on a new line, and state their riding, if known. e.g. “Mike Schreiner, Guelph.” You are not required to have all sponsors when submitting your policy. There will be opportunities to gather sponsors during the feedback period.
Name
Riding
 
Please provide a plain-language summary of your policy motion. Why does this policy matter? Please keep your remarks to less than 150 words. You are encouraged to include links to articles or supporting documents such as: - News items. - Scholarly articles. - Policy briefs from non-governmental organizations. - Laws and regulations.
Values
How would your proposed Policy align with the Values of the GPO listed below? Select one or more of the Greens values.
To what aspect of society does this proposal apply? For example: Community level, School board or school councils, Municipal government, Provincial government, etc.
Who might support this policy? Who might benefit from it? Please limit your comments to at most 50 words.
Who might oppose this policy? Who might be harmed or simply concerned by it? Why? Please limit your comments to at most 50 words.
Might this policy risk damage to the reputation of the Green Party? State your own opinion or any feedback that you received from others. What level of risk do you perceive? Please limit your comments to at most 50 words.
What people, organizations did you consult in the development of this policy? Please summarize the feedback that you received. Please limit your comments to at most 50 words.
What documents did you consult in the development of this policy? Please include links or citations that direct readers to useful references.