Episode 2: Housing

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Tara and Kate talk to Toronto Housing Matters founder Chris Spoke about the price of housing in the province of Ontario and what we are seeing so far policy-wise from the three parties

PARTY PLATFORM BREAKDOWN

PCs:

  • eliminate rent controls
  • eliminate foreign buyers tax

Liberals:

  • maintain foreign buyers tax as a one time payment in Greater Golden Horseshoe Region
  • create more than 2,000 new housing units with a mix of market-based and affordable units

NDP:

  • build 30,000 new supportive housing units over 10 years
  • 65,000 new affordable homes over 10 years
  • introduce legislation requiring developers to include affordable homes in new projects
  • introduce yearly Housing Speculation Tax on foreign buyers who own homes in Ontario
    • $5 for assessed $1000 value in 2018, rising to $20 for assessed $1000 value in 2019

Episode 1: The Minimum Wage

 

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In this introductory episode, Tara and Kate talk about the new minimum wage legislation that came into effect in Ontario in January. In addition to explaining what the legislation does and how it affects Ontarians, they also describe some common criticisms of minimum wage increases. In an effort to show the way the minimum wage has changed things for Ontarians, they also speak to a few minimum wage earners and a small business owners.

PARTY PLATFORM BREAKDOWN

PC
  • hold the minimum wage at $14/hour
  • eliminate income tax on minimum wage earners
LPC
  • increased the minimum wage to $14/hour on January 1st of 2018 (up from $11.60/hour)
  • server’s minimum wage was increased to $12.20/hour (up from $9.90)
  • the minimum wage will increase the minimum wage to $15/hour
  • server’s minimum wage will increase the minimum wage to $13.05/hour
NDP
  • have been supportive of an increase on minimum wage for a long time
  • will increase the minimum wage to $15/hour for all workers (including servers) – their platform does not say when

 

Resources –

Data on the 2015 election youth turnout: abacusdata.ca/the-next-canada-po…e-young-canadians/

Minimum wage legislation rundown: www.ontario.ca/page/minimum-wage-increase

NDP Platform: https://www.ontariondp.ca/sites/default/files/Change-for-the-better.pdf