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2021 Policy Statement Process

Do you have an idea that you want our elected MPPs and candidates fighting for?

Or, if you are interested in other ways to get involved in the process, skip down to Ways to Participate.

You can also check out our FAQ section and Notes on what’s changed in 2021.

You must be a member of the Green Party of Ontario to submit a policy proposal or vote on those submitted by others.

Policy Comment Sessions

We will be holding 2 live comment sessions in April for members to review draft Policy Statements and provide feedback.

Register for April 13 Register for April 19

Have an idea for a Proposal?

All policy proposals must be submitted by 5 pm April 10th.
Members are encouraged to review and provide feedback on draft Policy Statements.

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: March 27, 2021 5pm EST.

The deadline to submit a proposal has now passed.

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 April 3, 2021.

Comment and Sponsorship Period

Deadline: All policy proposals must be submitted by 5 pm April 10th.

Members will be encouraged to review and provide feedback on draft Policy Statements in an online forum from April 11- April 21.

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 April 24, 2021. 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.

Member Ranking

Starting on May 7, 2021, 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: June 4, 2021 at 5pm EST

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.

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.

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 April 11 to April 21, 2021 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 May 7, 2021. Make sure you participate by June 4, 2021 deadline.

Discuss, learn and vote at the 2021 GPO Convention

Join us online on June 12, 2021.
You’ll hear updates from our Leader Mike Schreiner, hear the results of our Provincial Executive elections, and vote on Policy Statements

Policy Statement Process FAQ

Policy Process Changes 2021

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.”