Ontario Election: Where Does Each Party Stand On Education?

An in-depth look at where each party in Ontario stands on the education. This is a part of our 2018 Election Hub.


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Click on any of the party names to view our platform breakdown for that party.

The government heavily expanded OSAP in this past term, and have introduced a new sex ed curriculum which has been very controversial. Another side issue is the allegation that free speech is being violated on campuses.

“Free tuition” was attacked from both the left and the right

Click on any of the party names to view our platform breakdown for that party.

Liberal Party

The Liberals significantly expanded OSAP in what they called “free tuition”. This year’s budget announced that it would be further expanded to cover post-secondary education for anyone with parental income under $90,000.

In addition, the government has earmarked $16 billion for school construction and renovation.

Progressive Conservative Party

Doug Ford says that he would immediately scrap the new sex ed curriculum, then later replace it with another curriculum after consulting with parents.

They would also ban phones in schools, and make math mandatory in teachers’ college.

He also promised to investigate violations of free speech on campuses.

New Democratic Party

The NDP would convert OSAP loans to current students into grants, and forgive all existing student debts. They would also open a French language university in Ontario.

Other education promises include to: end standardized testing, spend $16 billion on fixing “crumbling” schools, and give black and indigenous history a bigger spotlight in the curriculum.

Green Party

No specific platform points on this topic. However, the party usually advocates for more localization of schools. They have also said that they would end standardized testing, create a mandatory world religions course, and cap post-secondary tuition at less than half of their current levels.

In the last election, defunding catholic schools was one of their major policy proposals, although it has received less attention in this campaign.

Libertarian Party

The Libertarian Party says that they will put parents in more control over education, by funding schools by number of enrolled students and allowing parents to enrol their children in any school regardless of their address. They also want to reduce constraints on non-public schooling options.

None of the Above Party

No specific platform points on this topic.

Trillium Party

While the Trillium Party is careful not to oppose sex education, they do oppose the new curriculum, accusing it of being used as a tool for “social engineering”. They would cancel the current curriculum immediately, before putting a replacement sex education curriculum in place.

They say they would implement a “generous scholarship program”, remove public education from what they view as being within the sole domain of parents, and repealing the College of Trades which they view as being overly political.


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Mika Ryu

Law student at Western University, and UofT graduate in economics and linguistics. Remember that your version of the world is always too simple.

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