Ontario Election: Where Does Each Party Stand On Healthcare?

An in-depth look at where each party in Ontario stands on the healthcare. 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.

Early campaign polling found that healthcare was the #1 issue for Liberal and NDP leaning voters. The major parties have promised continued increases to investments in the sector.

This year, the government introduced free prescription drugs to those under age 25, and there is plenty of talk in this campaign of further expanding government covered care.

Ontario Nurses’ Association members on strike in 2015

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

Liberal Party

Prescription drugs, which under Premier Wynne have become free for those under age 25, will be expanded also to those over 65.

The Liberals have pledged $19 billion towards construction and renovation over the next decade.

The government will also follow up on last year’s $2 tax hike on cigarette packs with another $4 hike, to be followed by another $4 hike next year.

Progressive Conservative Party

The PCs have largely made the same sort of pledge to end “hallway medicine” as the other two parties. Doug Ford has said that he opposes the creation of new injection sites.

New Democratic Party

The NDP promises $5.317 billion in new hospital funding over 4 years, and the collection and public reporting of wait time data.

They also promise to “[p]rovide drug and dental coverage for all Ontarians”, which would involve minimum health and dental coverage requirements for all employers (including small businesses and startups), public dental coverage for social assistance recipients, and public dental coverage for seniors without retiree benefits.

They would create a system where there are both private and government dental care providers, there is universal pharmacare for prescriptions and take-home cancer drugs, and the government fully covers the costs of transition drugs and surgeries for transgender people.

Healthcare, along with other “basic services”, would be provided to undocumented immigrants, making Ontario a “sanctuary province”.

Green Party

The Greens want to include mental health services as part of OHIP, citing current wait times as being unreasonably long. Traditionally, the party has also been a proponent of more local administration of hospitals and has focused its health policies on prevention over treatment.

Libertarian Party

The Libertarian Party would allow non-government health insurance options, including for services already provided by OHIP. They would also allow healthcare professionals to practice for non-government healthcare providers.

None of the Above Party

No specific platform points on this topic.

Trillium Party

The Trillium Party wants to make it easier for foreign doctors to convert their credentials, given that they complete a residency program in Ontario. They suggest that with more information, Ontarians would opt for fewer hospital visits overall. It seems that the party also wants to separate money used to provide services from money used in administration of hospitals and other institutions.


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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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