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Our Green Vision recognizes the power of people to mobilize in making real changes, to overcome social barriers and improve the health of everyone – from youth to seniors and everyone in between.

People Powered Change

Each of us has a role to play in building a strong Ontario. We are more than just taxpayers. We are individuals, family members, part of our community — we are citizens. 

Look around you, in your community, neighbourhood, town, city, region. In every place around our province, people are creating positive change making their communities stronger, more compassionate and sustainable.

We watch as the big three entrenched parties fail to solve the challenges we face in Ontario each day. Their talk is about accountability to us as taxpayers, forgetting our shared desire as citizens to build a vibrant province where every person is given the opportunity to thrive.

This province can and must do better. We are in a moment of transformative change – let’s seize that moment and make changes that will benefit us all now and for generations to come.

STRATEGY A

Support the health care system

The Green Party of Ontario believes in a publicly funded health care system accountable to the public, focused on people’s needs.

Our vision seeks to make sure that access to health care is available when you need it, that it supports keeping us in good health, and that public health policy development considers the social determinants of health.

In short, we believe in a people-centred approach to health.

We take a comprehensive view of health care by using smart investments to improve our current system, making health promotion and early intervention a top priority, improving the care available to Ontario’s changing demographics and ensuring sufficient resources are allocated to mental health.

POLICIES A

The Green Vision to support the health care system is to:

  • Implement a universal dental care program. Dental health is directly linked to an individual’s overall health and an important part of a health promotion strategy.
  • Push for a federally funded Pharmacare program, and in the absence of a federal program, extend a provincially funded Pharmacare program to provide all Ontarians with access to medicine.
  • Reduce overcrowding in hospitals with a system wide strategy to better use existing resources in home care, long-term care, nurse-led clinics, primary care and community care.  
  • Develop a health care capacity plan to reopen hospital beds, operating rooms and services based on the population’s need for care.
  • Create an integrated funding structure for health care, based on quality outcomes that will ensure that the best care is provided by the most appropriate and cost effective provider.
  • Expand the number of and access to Nurse Practitioner led clinics in all parts of the province.
  • Increase the number of Nurse Practitioners in long-term care, mental health care and acute care facilities to improve patient care and outcomes.
  • Increase funding for Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) that are struggling to fulfill their downloaded mandate from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and provide dedicated funds that ensure enhanced collaboration with various partners, including District Social Services Administration Boards (DSSABs), to enhance the integration and delivery of public services.
  • Commit to comprehensive primary health care as the foundation of the health system so that every person in Ontario has timely access to a primary health care provider and to ensure that health promotion, illness prevention and community well-being are at the centre of our health system.
  • Provide every Ontarian with electronic access to their personal health records.
  • Provide insurance claimants with clear, fair and thorough guidelines on how to proceed with their claims and ensure the accountability of insurers to their clients through an independent and objective regulatory process to ensure fair evaluation, support and compensation for victims of injuries.
  • Expand access to multiservice and integrated primary care models such as family health teams, nurse-led clinics, community care centres, and Indigenous health access centres.
  • Mandate training for primary health care practitioners on the health care needs of trans and gender-diverse people.
  • Support increased midwifery training and birthing centres and ensure accessibility of obstetricians in case of birth complications at birthing centres.
  • Expand the number of abortion clinics in Ontario, including in the north. All but one of Ontario’s clinics are situated in the GTA or Ottawa.
  • Improve the level of care in residential homes for people with severe disabilities, including increased funding and strict guidelines for proper care, and more vigilant auditing and inspections.
  • Support and fund programs for children of all ages with autism.
  • Create more meaningful day programs for all levels of special needs individuals after graduating from high school.
  • Prioritize health care investment in frontline services rather than administration.
  • Ensure all care providers are working at their full scope of practice.
  • Provide equal pay for equal work across all health care sectors.
  • Provide all health care professionals with mental health and addictions training.
  • Designate the Ontario Personal Support Worker Association as the self-governing regulatory body of personal support workers in Ontario, to increase the accountability of those who provide care to vulnerable populations, and to ensure reasonable working conditions for personal support workers.
  • Monitor and improve the quality of care in long-term care homes and reduce wait times for elder care.
  • Ensure staff of long-term care facilities have proper resources to appropriately address the needs of residents that require complex care such as mental illness and addictions, acquired brain injury, and/or brain disorders including dementia.
  • Increase funding for home and community care to provide support for people to live at home longer.
  • Invest additional resources to improve the availability of assisted living and transitional living for seniors.
  • Provide support for family members who care for an infirm relative full time.  
  • Develop and fund research into smart home technology to enable us to age in place and stay in our communities.
  • Empower Nurse Practitioners as primary health care providers especially in areas that lack primary care options.
  • Increase funding for telemedicine, including telepsychiatry, and full-scale Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams in rural areas.
  • Establish a full list of core services, including specialized health services, that ensure their availability within every Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
  • Support special public transit services for rural residents to access health care.

 

  • Embed the principles of the social determinants of health in our approach to health care: this includes income and social status; food security; social support networks; education; employment/working conditions; social environments; physical environments; personal health practices and coping skills; healthy child development; gender; and culture.
  • Develop a Lyme disease strategy for Ontario which coordinates with the Federal Framework on Lyme Disease Act, including an education campaign to raise awareness of Lyme disease, which is on the rise due to climate change.
  • Include treatment for Lyme Disease as part of OHIP so people with Lyme do not suffer financial hardship to obtain the health care they need.
  • Develop a provincial strategy to support people with chemical and environmental sensitivities to have access to and participate in public spaces, and find accessible and safe housing.
  • Implement a school food program to ensure students have access to healthy, local sustainable food.
  • Support community food hubs to empower people to grow and make their own food, to improve food literacy and to support community gardens and kitchens.
  • Reinstate the Eat Right program that helps individuals and families make healthy food choices.

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STRATEGY B

Address the Mental Health and Addictions Crisis

The government’s failure to address growing mental health needs in Ontario is unacceptable.

Thousands of Ontarians are caught between long wait times for publicly funded therapists and the high cost for access to private ones. Children and youth transitioning to the adult mental health systems experience especially long wait times of up to 18 months for access to mental health services.

Over 12,000 young people are waiting desperately for access to long-term or intensive mental-health therapy. According to Children’s Mental Health Ontario, “As many as one in five children and youth in Ontario will experience some form of mental health problem. But five out of six of those kids will not receive the treatment they need.”

We need to get serious on funding mental health and addictions programs and improve access across the board.

POLICIES B

The Green Party’s vision is to:

  • Increase investments in mental health and addictions services so that patients can obtain the right kind of treatment to support recovery.
  • Increase funding for mental health and addictions support for children and youth to reduce wait times and scale up specialized mental health and addictions services.
  • Increase funding for applied mental health and addictions research and evaluation of treatment outcomes.
  • Remove HST charges from accredited private mental health service providers.
  • Provide dedicated funding for education and training for health professionals, including physicians and psychotherapists, to expand their scope of practice to include the identification, diagnosis and treatment of a wider variety of mental health and addictions issues.
  • Dedicate a portion of the proceeds from provincial revenue from legalized cannabis sales to fund additional mental health and addiction programs and services.
  • Create an umbrella organization – Mental Health and Addictions Ontario – to consolidate all mental-health and addictions programs in Ontario and drive a future provincial mental health and addictions strategy.
  • Create more 24/7 mobile crisis intervention teams.
  • Expand and do more to publicize Telehealth Ontario’s ability to respond to callers with mental health and addictions issues.
  • Reform privacy laws to balance a person’s right to privacy with their right to be well.
  • Improve the legislation on involuntary treatment to include criteria besides physical harm, and ensure that involuntary admission includes treatment.
  • Develop more clinical standards and health impact assessments to cover a wider array of mental health and addictions issues, working with Health Quality Ontario (HQO), including the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee (OHTAC).
  • End the three-month waiting period for OHIP-covered health services outside hospitals (such as prescription drugs, home care and palliative care) after a patient moves to Ontario from another province.
  • Declare the opioid crisis a state of emergency to not only help funds flow faster, but also provide focused, coordinated government leadership to combat the crisis.
  • Empower the Chief Medical Officer of Health to act more rapidly in response to public health crises.
  • Give the Minister of Health the power to authorize the operation of supervised injection sites when a public health emergency is declared. This approach would expedite the opening of new sites, especially in comparison to the federal government’s authorization process which will still be time-consuming and resource intensive.
  • Facilitate both government-sanctioned, supervised drug-use sites and popup sites run by the community. The latter should be supported as a key part of the continuum of care, as popup community-led sites afford certain benefits to people who use drugs that formal sites may lack.
  • Increase recognition and accessibility of culturally-competent and diverse mental health and addictions services, and improve continuity of support as individuals move between public and private settings, such as post-secondary and newcomers programs.
  • Increase opportunities for community health partnerships in alliance with Truth and Reconciliation Initiatives and the pre-existent Ontario Black Youth Action Plan, to ensure people receiving help can be connected with community organizations.
  • Improve availability of supports and services in other languages, including French and Indigenous languages.
STRATEGY C

Make Housing More Affordable and Available

The dream of owning a home is getting further and further out of reach for many people. Young people in particular are hit hard by rising prices for buyers and renters.

Housing represents the single biggest investment most Canadian families will ever make. We need to address housing affordability to provide stability and security for both individuals and the economy as a whole.

A re-think of rules is in order. Secondary suites, laneway housing, “tiny houses” and adding more mid-rise development can support human scale intensification in well thought out and inclusive communities.

The housing crisis is a complex problem that requires creative solutions. Those solutions should start with what works for people, not for speculators and developers.

POLICIES C

The Green Party’s vision is to:

  • Put a tax on vacant property to make it harder for speculators, whether foreign or domestic, to use real estate as a lucrative place to park cash.
  • Add a surtax on quick turnaround sales to reduce speculation.
  • Expand the Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH).
  • Update zoning laws to allow alternatives to single-family detached homes, such as tiny homes, secondary suites, and laneway housing.
  • Incentivize municipalities to zone for the missing middle: a combination of mixed-use buildings and medium density housing types and rental units that increase residential densities while largely maintaining the look and feel of a neighbourhood.
  • Improve Ontario’s inclusionary zoning legislation to ensure the permanent creation of rental and deeply affordable units, mandating that developers include at least 1 new unit of affordable housing for every 5 new houses or condos (20% affordability minimum for new development), including purpose-built rentals.
  • Remove requirements that municipal governments pay a percentage of the cost of affordable housing under inclusionary zoning laws in line with international best practices.
  • Create more affordable, safe rental housing options by working with municipalities to modernize by-laws that currently prohibit or establish unreasonable barriers to creating additional housing, such as licensed basement apartments.
  • Expand the tools available for municipalities, including density bonuses, to provide incentives for the development of affordable housing beyond the minimum requirement and remove requirements for municipalities to compensate developers.
  • Support the development of Canada’s National Housing Strategy: A Place to Call Home.
  • Re-introduce the brownfield remediation fund to redevelop existing land into commercial or residential properties.
  • Create a provincial coordinated access point for all affordable housing options available to create a streamlined application for waitlist and placement.
  • End the Tarion monopoly that is failing to provide adequate warranty protection for new home buyers and to regulate builders, and introduce a competitive multi-provider model for warranty protection.
  • Use a “housing first” approach to develop dedicated supportive housing for people with mental health and addictions issues, physical disabilities, or acquired brain injuries, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  • Provide funding for municipalities to renovate deteriorating social housing stock and introduce new social housing units in their communities to address unmet local need.
  • Work with the Government of Canada to increase support for proposed and existing social non-profit and co-operative housing.
  • Evaluate the Indigenous Supportive Housing Program (ISHP) and work closely with the Government of Canada and Indigenous housing providers to ensure that Indigenous people have access to adequate affordable housing.
  • Increase the number of secondary women’s shelters in Ontario, particularly in the north. The total number of beds in Ontario has decreased from 2014 to 2016.
  • Work with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to expedite the announced portable housing benefit that will assist women fleeing violence to move to another province, and to find affordable housing in another province if needed.

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STRATEGY D

Address Social Inequality and Institutional Discrimination

We recognize that discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, and class directly influences economic opportunity through a complex set of institutional effects within families, schools, and places of employment.

Addressing systemic racism and discrimination and advancing equality in our institutions in this province is long overdue.

There are many capable voices leading the discussion on these social justice issues in Ontario. We believe that our role is not to create solutions to these problems, but to amplify the voices of our allies and bring their proposals to the forefront of provincial political discussions.

POLICIES D

The Green Party’s vision is to:

  • Support the Anti-Racism Directorate which enables the incorporation of an anti-racism perspective in all aspects of government policies.
  • Make age-appropriate curriculum on Residential Schools, Treaties, and Indigenous peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada a mandatory education requirement for Kindergarten to Grade Twelve students.
  • Oppose racial profiling, street checks or carding by police.
  • Destroy the information that that was unfairly collected over the years from unconstitutional ‘carding’ stops.
  • Help more newcomers access services they need by doubling the funding for immigrant settlement programs and economic bridging programs.
  • Empower the Ontario Human Rights Commission to conduct compliance reviews of public institutions and organizations to ensure policies and procedures are in place that comply with OHRC requirements and to ensure supportive workplace environments that achieve OHRC objectives.
  • Reform child welfare programs to address the over-representation of Indigenous and Black youth in child services.
  • Support the increased use of restorative justice and other alternatives to the criminal justice system, and to provide related public education.
  • Provide training to promote a culture shift across police organizations to use a calm, patient, and de-escalating approach when officers engage members of the public in crisis, rather than the traditional authoritative and commanding manner.
  • Improve the transparency, accountability, and effectiveness of civilian police oversight bodies according to the recommendations of the Tulloch Report.
  • Create a more diverse jury pool representative of the community by drawing potential jurors from the OHIP list instead of the MPAC list. Abolish peremptory challenges/blocked jurors.
  • Increase jury duty compensation to encourage participation.
  • Limit the maximum number of days that an inmate can be segregated to a total of 15 days as per the recommendation of the Ombudsman of Ontario.
  • Ensure inmates with mental illness are not put in solitary confinement, and that they are provided with appropriate health care, and clearly articulate a commitment to transfer responsibility for provision of health care within correctional institutions to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Amend the Coroners Act to require a mandatory inquest or an alternate coroner-led review process for all in-custody natural deaths.
  • Amend the Corrections Act to include a constitutionally compliant framework governing searches that is based upon recognition of Charter rights.
  • Support the Pay Transparency to Close the Gender Pay Gap Act, proposed by the Equal Pay Coalition, which would hold employers accountable to the state of the gender pay gap in their workplaces.
  • Phase in funding for a comprehensive program for early childhood education and care to support free daycare for working parents with children under age three, support for stay-at-home parents and additional ECE supports.
  • Provide incentives to offset the capital costs for businesses to set up onsite daycare, with hours matching the working hours of the businesses.
  • Ensure midwives achieve pay equity.
  • Fully implement the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act by preparing an enforcement plan, allocating resources for enforcement and supporting a public awareness campaign.
  • Provide an accessibility tax incentive for small businesses to help small businesses modify their facilities to accommodate people with disabilities.
STRATEGY E

Honour Indigenous Rights

We must recognize that in building this country and province, treaties were broken, land was taken unceded, and Indigenous rights were violated. The Canadian Government’s policies of assimilation through programs like Residential Schools and Sixties Scoops have had terrible repercussions for generations of people.

We believe the time for meaningful action towards reconciliation is now. The government has a legal responsibility to consult with and to work with Indigenous communities – with full partnership, participation, and respect – to make sure everyone in Ontario has access to high quality health care, education, and economic opportunities.

Our vision seeks to acknowledge the reality of Ontario’s Indigenous people, including understanding that centuries of broken promises from the province and Canada have made building trust in moving ahead difficult.

The GPO supports the right of Indigenous peoples to determine and develop priorities and strategies for exercising their rights. We also recognize that most Indigenous people in Ontario live off-reserve and in urban areas, and recognize the unique needs of Indigenous communities. 

Time, resources and political will must be brought to bear, so that Ontario can build a better relationship with Indigenous people.

POLICIES E

The Green Vision to Honour Indigenous rights:

  • Support the rights of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous communities to determine and develop priorities and strategies for the development or use of their lands or territories and other resources.
  • Commit to finding solutions for sharing resource revenue, including secondary and tertiary resource revenue, with First Nations.
  • Provide funding to First Nations to build capacity and support meaningful engagement with government decision making processes.
  • Collaborate with First Nations and the federal government to renew and reinvigorate the treaty process.
  • Monitor and provide reports on any current data requested by the National Council for Reconciliation (e.g. data related to gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in key health and economic indicators), so that it can report on the progress towards reconciliation.
  • Work collaboratively with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to identify and collect copies of all records relevant to the history and legacy of the Residential School system, and to provide these to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.
  • Support First Nations repatriation efforts and protection of sacred sites and practices, so that when archaeologically significant items are discovered, interested parties such as First Nations and archeologists can stop development until consent is granted.
  • Make immediate investments in affordable urban Indigenous housing, at the same time as the development of an Indigenous Housing Strategy that is outcomes-based and as a result, responsive to communities’ needs.
  • Increase the number of Indigenous health care and education professionals, and support their retention within Indigenous communities.
  • Support increases to Indigenous Student Bursary funding to keep pace with rising Indigenous population and enrolment, and remove citizenship and eligibility requirements that create barriers based on arbitrary geographical boundaries.
  • Support the Ontario Indigenous Children and Youth Strategy, whose aim is to  enable First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to have a holistic, culturally-based and community-driven approach to children and youth services. Ensure that Indigenous control is embedded as a core principle.
  • Include specific engagement and implementation plans that address the unique needs of Indigenous people in child and family services, such as Ontario’s Early Years and Child Care Framework.
  • Establish cultural competency training requirements on Indigenous issues for public-facing professionals (including doctors, dentists, teachers, nurses, corrections officers, and child and social welfare workers). This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism; and a course in the history and legacy of Residential Schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, and Indigenous teachings and practices.
  • Work with Political Territorial Organizations, Tribal Councils, and individual communities to flow funds to reserves and to Local Health Integration Networks to increase availability of health services, including mental health and addictions, for on-reserve and urban Indigenous populations.
  • Recognize First Nations as equals in land management and establish a co-management stewardship model with Indigenous People for the development of provincial resources. This could include a review of regional resource management structures in cooperation with the First Nations Leadership Council to incorporate First Nations effectively into decision making; and funding to train First Nations people in resource management trades and professions.
  • Address issues in southwestern Ontario’s chemical valley by investing in stronger monitoring and enforcement of air quality. Work with the people of Aamjiwnaang to identify ways of improving transparency and trust between the government and the community, including ensuring the community has access to real-time air monitoring information.
  • Provide technical expertise and training to local operators of water treatment facilities to ensure safe drinking water in Indigenous communities.
  • Work with Indigenous communities and the federal government to create water treatment systems that will end long-term boil water advisories.
  • Respect the rights of Grassy Narrows and White Dog First Nations on the English Wabigoon River system to practice traditional food harvesting in their traditional territories, in a clean ecosystem free from mercury contamination.
  • Pursue the commitments made by the Province of Ontario to those First Nations to clean up the industrial site and the river system that was contaminated by mercury, and ensure that Ontario addresses its liability for causing this contamination. This includes immediately building a mercury health centre.
  • Oppose the reverse flow of Line 9 which runs under populated urban areas, as well as across Indigenous territories, every major river in Southern Ontario, and under prime farmland and sensitive ecosystems.
  • Increase funding for daycares on First Nations which too often fall into disrepair.
  • Work with First Nations and the federal government to ensure proper resources are available and allocated to long-term care beds for First Nations.
  • Continue efforts to ensure all First Nations have access to the same health care services offered to all Ontarians.
  • Ensure that all areas of the criminal justice system offer First Nation police the support they need to be able to carry out their responsibilities.
  • Restore the municipal tax exemption for First Nation purchases of reserve land.
  • Extend the hydro delivery charge credit to all band buildings.
  • Require cultural competency training for all levels of the criminal justice system specific to working with First Nations.
  • Invest in mental health workers and services in the justice system specific to First Nations, and ensure FASD services are included as part of the justice system.
  • Reform jury selection procedures in Ontario so that juries are drawn from databases more reflective of the population, moving away from using property assessment data (which systematically excludes people such as those living on First Nations reserves) to instead use OHIP data for the purposes of compiling the jury roll.
  • Provide stable funding to implement and evaluate community sanctions that will provide realistic alternatives to imprisonment for Indigenous offenders and respond to the underlying causes of offences.

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STRATEGY F

Improve our democracy - put people first

We need a government that respects and engages citizens and communities; a government committed to building partnerships with communities to develop sensible solutions, instead of imposing top-down bureaucratic solutions. It’s time for more democracy, not less.

The current voting system needs reform. We are using an antiquated and inefficient way of casting our votes. Our current system of ‘first past the post’ means that politicians are being elected, sometimes with 35% of the votes cast in their favour.

It is not democratic for a party to receive less than 40% of the vote and yet have 100% of the power in the Legislature, which happens in most provincial elections. In the 2014 provincial election, only 52% of eligible Ontarians filled out a ballot. In fact, in provincial elections, Ontario is lagging far below the national average.

This needs to change. We can vote for what we believe in with tried and true systems. It’s time for ranked ballots for municipal elections, and proportional representation provincially.

We need to move to make politicians more accountable: local decision making in the public interest is essential to a vibrant democracy. We need to have checks and balances to ensure that all public officials are held to high ethical standards, including implementing principles of open government that lead to fairness and transparency.

POLICIES F

The Green Vision to improve democracy:

  • Move to proportional representation in provincial elections. A fairer system where every vote counts will encourage democratic participation and ensure that our government more accurately represents the democratic will of the people and the diversity of our communities. It will also demand party collaboration, encouraging consensus-building and compromise to create stronger, long-lasting policies.
  • Implement transparent rules for fair leaders’ debates. For example, any party that achieved 2% of the overall popular vote in the previous election and qualifies for per vote funding, should automatically qualify to be represented in televised or streamed leaders’ debates.
  • Lower donation limits to $1000 per individual, and campaign spending limits for political parties to $0.68 per elector.
  • Lower the provincial voting age to 16 to engage youth earlier and to create lifelong voting habits.
  • Hold general elections on the weekend, and increase the availability of advanced voting.
  • Enforce strict accessibility standards at voting places to ensure that those with physical disabilities or other mobility issues are able to vote without barriers.
  • Place a moratorium on the use of online voting provincially and municipally until strict rules, regulations and security procedures are developed to ensure the integrity of elections.
  • Increase the number of mobile polls at hospitals and residences for seniors and people living with disabilities that make it difficult to leave their home.
  • Oppose backroom deals, no bid contracts and secret regulations.
  • Create a level playing field for all businesses in Ontario, ensuring that contracting is fair, open and consistent.
  • Strengthen Whistleblower protections to ensure those who disclose information in the public interest are free from retaliation.
  • Provide an online report card of MPPs voting record. This would include a link to each motion with an easy to understand summary, prepared by the government to ensure it is unbiased and non-partisan.
  • Oppose whipping the vote. MPPs should not be allowed to be expelled from a party or face other consequences for not voting with party lines on non-confidence motions.
  • Reverse centralization of power in the Leader’s Office by removing a party leader’s power to overturn nominated candidates that are duly nominated by local riding associations, and implement legislative reforms to reduce the role of the leader’s office in committee appointments and the allocation of member questions.
  • Bring municipal workers up to the standards of provincial public servants covered by the Public Service Act, and make them accountable to the Integrity Commissioner.
  • Extend the right to vote in municipal and provincial elections to permanent residents so that they, too, can have a say in how their tax dollars are spent.
  • Increase the number of regular public forums where constituents can speak to their MPPs to improve the quality and quantity of public input in government decision making.
  • Allow the introduction of electronic petitions to the Ontario Legislature.  
  • Enact legislation to recall corrupt provincial and municipal officials (such as the law enacted in British Columbia), which will ensure more accountability among our elected officials.
  • Create a Citizens Institute that will help train citizens to intervene in government processes, such as lobbying, speaking to committees, and participating in formal proceedings like the Environmental Bill of Rights. This would provide training and resources to qualifying community-led initiatives, and be funded by an increase in the lobbyist registration fee.
  • Support the implementation of Open Data principles by the Government of Ontario, the Legislature, agencies, local governments, and businesses that manage public data on behalf of the government.
  • Support the creation of an Open Data Portal, where a broad range of government data from road traffic data, to resource extraction, to environmental reports, to government contracts, and expenses would be available for the public to access and use for data analysis.
  • Cap executive salaries in the Ontario Public Service at double the Premier’s salary.
  • Require a five year “cooling-off” period before an MPP can register as a lobbyist.  The federal Lobbying Act imposes a five-year cooling-off period.
  • Close lobbying loopholes by preventing staff from lobbying for businesses and organizations they dealt with while in government for at least one year.
  • Prevent public agencies from using taxpayer or ratepayer dollars to purchase seats at paid events where Ministers or the Premier is speaking.
  • Return the Auditor General’s oversight over government advertising.
  • Publish expenses of all public officials’ online in a timely way under an Open Data strategy. This includes expanding MPP expense reports to all provincial funds they have spent.
  • Work with ministries to ensure that freedom of information requests are being dealt with promptly and without political interference, with a special focus on making it easier and less expensive for citizens to apply for Freedom of Information requests.
  • Aim to reduce the number of freedom of information requests over time by proactively making as much data available online as possible. Information should be assumed to be publicly available with the government requesting to shield information from disclosure, instead of information being assumed to be hidden with citizens requesting access.
  • Ensure that the principles of Privacy by Design are embedded throughout the government

Explore the rest of our Green Vision for People Powered Change in Ontario.

Our goal is to build on the work people like you are already doing in your community, working to make positive change, overcoming social barriers and improving the health of each other and our planet.

Working together, we can build a future for our province that is good for us now and for generations to come.

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