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Affordability & Childcare

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Canada Child Benefit

Conservative

Allow benefits to begin at the 7th month of pregnancy, rather than at childbirth.
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Canada Workers Benefit

Liberal

  • Expand the Canada Workers Benefit to support ~1M additional Canadians in low-wage jobs.
  • Automatically enrol qualified Canadians in the CWB.
  • Ensure secondary earners can exclude up to $14,000 of their working income when income-testing for CWB.

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Conservative

  • Double the Canada Workers Benefit to a maximum of $2,800 for individuals or $5,000 for families, and pay it as a quarterly direct deposit rather than a tax refund.
  • Double the disability supplement to $1,500.
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Cell & Internet Bills

Conservative

  • Allow foreign telecommunications companies to provide services in Canada, provided Canadian companies can do the same in their countries.
  • Connect all of Canada to high-speed Internet by 2025.
  • Promote investment in comms facilities by local & regional communities & businesses.
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NDP

  • Place a price cap on cell phone & Internet bills.
  • Require providers to offer a basic plan for wireless & broadband that is comparable w/ affordable plans in other countries.
  • Require companies to offer unlimited wireless data options at affordable rates.
  • Ban data caps for broadband Internet.
  • Introduce a Telecom Consumers' Bill of Rights.

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Childcare

Liberal

  • Reduce fees for childcare by 50% next year.
  • Finalise agreements with more provinces & territories to provide $10-a-day childcare within 5 years or less.
  • Create 250K new childcare spaces.
  • Hire 40K more early childhood educators.
  • Work with Quebec to build on its childcare system.
  • Work with Indigenous partners on childcare for Indigenous children.
  • Enact federal childcare legislation.

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Conservative

Convert the Child Care Expense deduction into a refundable tax credit covering up to 75% of childcare for lower income families, and pay it out over the course of the year.
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NDP

  • Introduce legislation committing to high-quality, public childcare.
  • Provide relief funding to re-open spaces lost from COVID-19 at not-for-profit childcare centres at risk of closure.
  • Work with the provinces to build a universal, $10 a day childcare system.
  • Ensure childcare workers are paid a living wage.
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Green

  • Work with governments, Indigenous communities, & the childcare sector to ensure that universal affordable childcare becomes a reality.
  • Increase federal childcare funding to at least 1% of GDP annually.
  • Eliminate GST on construction costs for childcare spaces.
  • Ensure equitable access high-quality, culturally appropriate early learning & childcare programs for First Nations, Inuit, & Métis children.

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Employment Insurance

Liberal

  • Introduce a new EI benefit for self-employed Canadians, delivered through the tax system, providing unemployment assistance comparable to EI & lasting for up to 26 weeks.
  • Create an EI Career Insurance Benefit for people who are laid off when a business they've worked for 5 years closes.

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Conservative

  • Launch a "Super EI" with temporary expanded benefits for provinces in recessions.
  • Extend EI sickness benefits for those suffering from serious illness to 52 weeks.

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NDP

  • Extend EI Sickness Benefits to 50 weeks.
  • Introduce a low income supplement so no one receiving EI regular or special benefits receives less than $2K/mo.
  • Make EI available to people who have quit their jobs to go back to school, provide childcare, or protect their or their family's health.
  • Prevent government from raiding the EI Operating Account.
  • Double leave for parents of multiples.

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Food & Nutrition

Liberal

  • Work with provincial, territorial, municipal, & Indigenous partners, & stakeholders, to develop a National School Food Policy, working towards a national school nutritious meal programme with a $1B investment over 5 years.
  • Restrict commercial marketing of food & beverages to children.
  • Establish new front-of-package labelling to promote healthy food choices.

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Conservative

Increase the maximum fine for fixing food prices from $24 million to $100 million, and introduce criminal penalties for executives.
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NDP

Partner with provinces, territories, municipalities, & Indigenous communities to work towards a national school nutrition programme to give every child access to healthy food and food literacy skills.

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Green

  • Consult with residents of northern communities on Arctic farming.
  • Work with non-profit groups to build greenhouses or hydroponic towers in northern communities.
  • Fund education programmes in nutrition & horticulture in northern communities.
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GST

Conservative

Make all purchases at retail stores GST-free for one month this fall.
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Gas Prices

NDP

  • Create a Fair Gasoline Prices Watchdog to investigate complaints about price gouging.
  • Allow the Competition Bureau to proactively investigate alleged anti-competitiveness in the gasoline market.
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Guaranteed Livable Income

NDP

  • Expand income security programmes for seniors and people living with disabilities.
  • Work towards a Guaranteed Livable Income for every Canadian.

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Green

  • Create a comprehensive & equitable Guaranteed Livable Income for every person in Canada.
  • Payment would be set at a livable level for different regions of the country.
  • Seniors' & children's benefits would remain in place.

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Living in the North

Liberal

Reform the Nutrition North Canada program to make the program more transparent & responsive to Inuit needs.
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Conservative

  • Double the residency deduction, increase the basic amount in the intermediate zone to match the northern zone, and add the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, new parts of northern Saskatchewan, and new parts of north-western BC to this zone.
  • Implement a Northern Housing Strategy.
  • Improve Nutrition North.

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NDP

Reform the Nutrition North programme in partnership with northern communities, to improve food security.
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Minimum Wage

NDP

Put in place a federal minimum wage starting at $15/hour and rising to $20/hour, indexed to the cost of living.
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People with Disabilities

Liberal

  • Reintroduce a Disability Benefit Act to create a direct monthly payment for low income Canadians with disabilities ages 18-64.
  • Develop an employment strategy for Canadians with disabilities, including an investment in the Ready, Willing and Able inclusive hiring programme.
  • Create a new stream of the Youth Employment & Skills Strategy Program to support 5K opportunities/year.

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Conservative

Reduce the number of hours required to qualify for the Disability Tax Credit and the Registered Disability Savings Plan from 14 to 10 hours per week.
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NDP

Work with Autistic Canadians to develop and implement a national Autism strategy to coordinate support for research, ensure access to needs-based services, promote employment, & help expand housing options.
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Green

  • Work to create a Canada Disabilities Act.
  • Support a national equipment fund for equipment such as wheelchairs & accessibility tools.
  • Invest in social housing adapted as necessary to meet particular needs.
  • Provide federal health transfer payments for provinces to direct to rehabilitation.
  • Institute a Guaranteed Livable Income for people with disabilities.
  • Make the Disability Tax Credit refundable.

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