Party Stances

Here you can find a summary of each party’s stance on key election issues. Use the buttons below to quickly navigate to issues.

Free Education

This election, students need federal leaders who will take a bold stance in supporting access to education for all students by:

-Investing in a fully public, universal, tuition-free system of post-secondary education governed by a national Post-Secondary Education Act

-Introducing debt alleviation programs for current debt-holders, including eliminating interest rates on all student loans.

  • Increase contribution to the Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) from 20% to 30% (up to a maximum grant of $750)
  • Abolish tuition and cancel existing student debt in excess of $10,000.
  • Extend eligibility of Canada Student Grants to graduate students.
  • Eliminate the Canada Student Loans Program In-Study Income Assessment.
  • Create new green apprenticeship programs for Young Canadians.
  • Increase Canada Student Grants.
  • Implement a two-year interest-free grace period on student loans after graduation.
  • Repayment on hold for debt holders who make less than $35,000 or who have a child under 5 years old.
  • Eliminate of interest rates on student loan debt.
  • Greater proportion of non-repayable grants over loans.
  • Cap and progressively eliminate tuition fees.

 

Climate Justice and a Liveable Planet

This election, students need federal leaders who will enact bold solutions to the climate crisis, including:

-Bold policies towards decarbonization that limit some of the most lethal and devastating impacts of global climate change for our generation and those to come, while putting justice for Indigenous people, workers, and the poor at the centre of the transition to a green economy.

-A fully-funded post-secondary education system that will ensure effective just transition programs and foster mitigation and adaptation research in all fields of study.

  • Eliminate federal carbon tax.
  • Set green investment standards, offer green homes tax credits.
  • Develop a strategy for Invasive Species and Major Pests; support completion of the Canadian Wetland inventory; modernize air quality standards and regulations; work with provinces and municipalities to protect waterways.
  • Promote use of existing Canadian energy products over foreign sources.
  • Reduce GHG emissions by 60% by 2030 and to zero by 2050.
  • End fossil fuel subsidies and divest federal government from fossil fuels.
  • Investment in Canadian Grid Strategy to provide 100 per cent renewable energy.
  • Phase out coal-fired electricity and transition to a decarbonized economy.
  • Price carbon through fee and dividend system.
  • Assist vulnerable sectors with adaptation (e.g. farmers, fishers etc.).
  • Launch tree-planting initiative.
  • Implement the Oceans Plastics Charter, adopted in 2018. Invest $100 million to address plastic waste.
  • Introduce carbon reducing measures to meet 2030 goals and commit to a net zero emissions future by 2050.
  • Create a national flood insurance program for homeowners.
  • Conserve and protect of 30% of Canada’s land and oceans by 2030.
  • Plant 2 billion trees in 10 years.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in line with stabilizing global temperature increase at 1.5% by 2030.
  • Create 300,000 green jobs over four years and “provide support for workers who are impacted by the shift to a low carbon economy”. This includes support for cleantech research and manufacturing with Buy Canadian procurement.
  • Uphold Indigenous rights to protect lands, waterways, and biodiversity.
  • Eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and get Canada powered by net carbon-free electricity by 2030.
  • Make public transit cleaner, more efficient and more affordable.

 

Indigenous Learners’ Right to Education

This election, students need federal leaders who will take a bold stance in supporting First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students by:

-Fully funding post secondary education for all First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Students

-Investing in Indigenous language programs, including post-secondary institutions

-Enacting Calls for Justice from the report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG2S)

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  • Implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
  • Implement Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.
  • Implement Calls to Justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
  • Remove 2% cap on funding to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP).
  • Implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
  • Fully implement the Indigenous Languages Act.
  • Invest in education and skills training for Indigenous learners.
  • Develop and mandate Indigenous history education programs for all Canadians.
  • Implement Calls to Justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
  • Expand financial assistance to Indigenous learners. Implement supports for children who grew up in care and distance education for rural and remote students.

 

Fairness for International Students

This election, students need federal leaders who will take a bold stance in supporting international students by:

-Ensuring provincial governments provide unrestricted public healthcare access by including this requirement in the Canada Health Act

-Providing stable funding transfers to eliminate all differential fees

-Streamlining immigration pathways

  • Improve credential recognition and language training.
  • Set immigration levels consistent with “Canada’s best interests”.
  • Improve the pathway for international students and foreign workers to Canadian permanent residency and citizenship.
  • Increase funding for multicultural associations providing immigrant support programs including language programs.
  • Speed up family reunification.
  • Implement Municipal Nominee Program (which will allow local communities, chambers of commerce, and local labour councils to directly sponsor permanent immigrants).
  • Make the Atlantic Immigration Pilot permanent.
  • Eliminate the application fee for Canadian citizenship.
  • Regulate of immigration consultants.
  • Eliminate cap on application to sponsor parents and grandparents.
  • Address family reunification backlogs.

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