Social Determinants of Health – Children, Poverty Reduction, Climate Action

New Democratic Party

Declare a climate emergency and put in place ambitious, science-based greenhouse gas reductions targets that will help stabilize the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Create at least 300,000 new jobs building the clean energy future. Create a Climate Bank to finance green energy projects.

Help people renovate their homes to make them more energy efficient, and increase the number of zero-emission vehicles on our roads.


Introduce legislation that enshrines Canada’s commitment to high-quality, public child care in law. Invest $10 billion over four years to create more than 500,000 new licensed child care spaces in partnership with provinces, territories and Indigenous governments.

Launch a national basic income pilot project in addition to continuing Ontario’s program, in order to gather data about this approach to tackling income precarity.

Create 500,000 units of quality, affordable housing in the next ten years, with half of that done within five years.


Conservative Party

Set emissions standards for major emitters that produce more than 40 kilotonnes per year of greenhouse gases, requiring them to invest in private-sector research and development of green technology.

Create a two-year green homes tax credit for homeowners to help pay for energy-saving renovations.


Remove federal income tax from Employment Insurance (EI) maternity and EI paternal benefits by providing a non-refundable tax credit of 15 percent for any income earned under these two programs.


Liberal Party

Set legally-binding, five-year milestones, based on the advice of the experts and consultations with Canadians, to reach net-zero emissions. Plant two billion trees over ten years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Create up to 250,000 more before and after school spaces for kids under the age of ten. Lower parents’ fees by ten per cent. Dedicate a target of ten percent of the new spaces set aside for care during extended hours.

Create a National Secretariat to lay the groundwork to create a “pan-Canadian child-care system” in collaboration with the provinces and territories.


Give up to $1,000 more to families by boosting the Canada Child Benefit by 15 per cent for children under the age of one.



Green Party

Establish an inner Cabinet, akin to the Second World War “War Cabinets” to ensure partisan politics is taken out of the fight for our survival.

Pass into law a Climate Change Act requiring a 60 per cent cut in climate-changing emissions below 2005 levels by 2030, reaching net zero in 2050. Interim targets would be set at five-year intervals beginning with 2025.


Create a road map to affordable child care. Immediately ramp up federal child care funding to achieve the international benchmark of at least one per cent of GDP annually, adding an additional $1 billion each year until this benchmark is reached. Eliminate GST on all construction costs related to child-care spaces.

Establish a universal Guaranteed Livable Income (GLI) program to replace the current array of income supports, such as disability payments, social assistance and income supplements for seniors.

Legislate housing as a legally protected fundamental human right. Appoint a Minister of Housing to strengthen the National Housing Strategy. Set a target of 25,000 new and 15,000 rehabilitated housing units annually for the next 10 years.


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