Jobs & the Economy

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Minimum wage & universal income

Liberal

Introduce a $15/hour minimum wage starting 2020 and rising with inflation.

NDP

  • Put in place a federal minimum wage of $15/hour, covering over 900,000 workers.
  • Launch a national basic income pilot project.

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Green

  • Establish a universal Guaranteed Livable Income programme.
  • Establish a federal minimum wage of $15/hour.
  • Work with the Council of Canadian Governments and StatsCan to set municipal minimum wages in accordance with the differential costs of living across Canada.

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Pensions

Liberal

Increase the Canada Pension Plan And Quebec Pension Plan survivor's benefit by 25%.

Conservative

  • Require all federally-regulated companies to report on the solvency of their pension funds.
  • Allow the transfer of underfunded pension plans to a more successful plan.
  • Restrict bonuses for executives of companies going through bankruptcy.
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NDP

Stop companies from paying dividends and bonuses until pensions are fully funded and create a mandatory, industry-financed pension insurance programme.

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Green

  • Increase over time the target income replacement rate of the CPP form 25% to 50% of income received during working years.
  • Require CPP divestment of coal, oil, and gas shares.
  • Establish preeminence of pensioners during company insolvency proceedings.

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Poverty

NDP

  • Enshrine the right to housing in law and start working to end homelessness within a decade.
  • Support the creation of more social housing.
  • Launch a national basic income pilot project.
  • Develop a national, public, universal child care programme.

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Banking and credit cards

Green

  • Limit credit card interest rates to 10 percentage points over the Bank of Canada prime rate.
  • Limit ATM fees to $1 per transaction, and prohibit financial institutions from charging their own customers ATM fees.

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Employment Insurance

Liberal

  • Introduce a Career Insurance Benefit, providing an additional 20% of insured earnings in the first year following a layoff and an extra 10% in the second year, without being clawed back.
  • Extend EI sickness benefits to 26 weeks.
  • Create an EI Disaster Assistance benefit.

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NDP

Put in place a universal qualifying threshold of 360 hours, restore the appeals system, increase the income replacement, create a low income supplement, extend sickness benefits to 50 weeks, expand access to re-training, and protect the EI Operating Account in law.

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Entrepreneurship & small business

Liberal

  • Create the Canada Entrepreneur Account, administered through the Business Development Bank, to provide up to 2000 entrepreneurs with up to $50,000 each.
  • Cut the cost of federal incorporation to $50.
  • Eliminate fees.
  • Eliminate the 'swipe fee' on HST and GST for credit transactions.

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Conservative

  • Repeal tax increases on small business investments.
  • Exempt spouses from tax increases on small business dividends.
  • Make it easier to navigate tax system.
  • Reduce federal regulations by 25%.
  • Implement a 2-for-1 rule for new regulations.
  • Assign a Minister to lead red tape reduction.

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Overtime

Liberal

Introduce new provisions that give workers the "right to disconnect", allowing them to request that they not work extra hours.

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Part-time and contract work

Liberal

Develop greater labour protections for people who work through digital platforms, often as contract or freelance workers.

NDP

Require that part-time and contract workers be compensated equally to full-time workers.

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Fair trade

Liberal

  • Introduce new rules to streamline trade inside Canada by promoting mutual recognition of standards, such as professional licenses.
  • Actively assert federal jurisdiction where needed.
  • Create a Canada Free Trade Tribunal to resolve cases where domestic trade barriers may exist.

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NDP

Directly engage with Canadians on expected costs and benefits of potential trade deals, ensure all agreements are consistent with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and protect against measures that weaken pharmacare, cultural protections, or privacy rights.

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Green

  • Align national trade with climate change plans.
  • Protect supply management.
  • Facilitate effort to reform the WTO.
  • Renegotiate Canada's trade and investment agreements to remove Investor State Dispute Settlement provisions.

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Clean energy jobs

Liberal

Invest $100 million in skills training for qualified workers to keep up with energy audits, retrofits, and net-zero home construction.

NDP

Create 300,000 jobs in the first four years with a focus on clean energy, sustainable infrastructure, and boosting energy efficiency.

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Public service

Liberal

  • Entirely eliminate backlog of pay issues resulting from Phoenix.
  • Reduce time to hire new public servants to average of five months.
  • Have all major projects led by certified professionals with at least five years experience.
  • Reduce number of significant deficiencies.

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NDP

Replace the Phoenix pay system and ensure impacted workers get fair compensation, reduce contracting out of government work, and will take action to put an end to harassment in government workplaces.

Green

  • Respect rights of unionized employees of the public service to bargain by rejecting back-to-work legislation.
  • Establish an Ombudsman to provide help to harassed and demoralized employees.

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Financial advice

NDP

Require financial advisors to offer advice that is in a person's best financial interest.

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Jobs in oil, gas, and coal

Green

Ensure a just transition for oil, gas, and coal sector workers.

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Public infrastructure

Liberal

  • Create a National Infrastructure Fund to support major nation-building projects.
  • Support the Newfoundland-Labrador fixed transportation link.
  • Require provinces and territories identify and approve all long-term infrastructure priorities within the next two years.

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Conservative

  • Ensure regions receive a fair share of infrastructure funding with budgets for each.
  • Scrap the Infrastructure Bank.
  • Fund George Massey Tunnel Replacement, Yonge Subway Extension, & 3rd link between Quebec City & Levis.
  • Proceed with projects committed to by the Liberals.

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NDP

  • Partner with provinces territories, First Nations, and municipalities to deliver reliable public infrastructure funding.
  • Use Community Benefit Agreements to guarantee jobs, training, apprenticeships, and support for local businesses with infrastructure.

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Tourism

Liberal

Create a Tourism Community Infrastructure Fund to invest $100 million in the local needs of communities that rely on tourism over the next four years.

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Manufacturing jobs

Conservative

  • Review the tax system to improve Canada's competitiveness, including in the manufacturing sector.
  • Reduce the regulatory burden by 25%.
  • Diversify Canada's trade toward emerging markets and reduce dependence on the US by signing free trade agreements with Mercosur, ASEAN, & the UK.
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NDP

  • Develop a national industrial strategy to build an advanced low-carbon manufacturing economy.
  • Grow the domestic market for Canadian manufactured goods.
  • Provide strategic support for steel and aluminum industries.

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Unpaid internships

NDP

Immediately ban unpaid internships outside of education programmes.

Green

Ban unpaid internships in private sector workplaces, with exception for work-study or experiential learning placements associated with for-credit courses at post-secondary institutions.

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Investment in industries

NDP

Update the Investment Canada Act to protect Canadian jobs and reduce frequency of foreign investor takeovers of Canadian companies without national security reviews. Replace the Invest in Canada agency with a one-stop shop to attract investors to Canada, called iCanada.

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Auto industry

NDP

  • Meet with provincial, municipal, industry, and labour leaders to develop a consensus on a National Automotive Strategy to attract and retain jobs and investment.
  • Restore the Automotive Innovation Fund and make contributions to automakers tax-free.

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Minorities in nontraditional fields

NDP

Support more options for women in trades and fields like agriculture, innovation, research, and STEM.

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Adoptive Leave

Conservative

Introduce a 15-week EI adoption leave modelled on the EI maternity leave. Income received will be tax-free.
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Interprovincial trade

Conservative

  • Convene a first ministers' meeting to establish a new comprehensive and effective free trade agreement.
  • Expand the Red Seal programme.
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