Ontario Election: Where Does Each Party Stand On Jobs & Economy?

An in-depth look at where each party in Ontario stands on the jobs & economy. 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 $15 minimum wage was traditionally considered a pipe dream, only held by certain factions within the NDP. In an attempt to stop hemorrhaging support to the NDP, Premier Wynne decided to quickly raise the minimum wage. But even she knew better than to increase it to $15 right away, so she made sure to raise it as much as she felt she could get away with before the election.

The minimum wage has had mostly positive support, at least in urban areas. While the total number of jobs has decreased, the number of full time jobs has increased.

The Ontario government’s employment numbers for the province from January 2013 to March 2018. The province’s population has grown steadily throughout. The red line marks when the $14 minimum wage took effect.

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

Liberal Party

The Liberal budget claims that many other programs within the budget will create jobs. In addition, they will increase funding for the Jobs and Prosperity Fund, which is meant to invest in promoting growth.

Progressive Conservative Party

The PCs would scrap the hourly minimum wage hike from $14 to $15, which is currently planned for January 1.

The party’s job creation strategy is largely centered around tax cuts and “slashing” the bureaucratic “red tape” faced by companies seeking to develop the province. One more specific proposal involves improving the process of converting foreign job credentials.

The PC platform also promises to speed up the process of developing the Ring of Fire, a proposed mining project in northern Ontario. The project would cost billions and is expected to make billions more. Currently, it is having trouble moving forward due to accessibility problems, environmental concerns, and negotiations with First Nations.

New Democratic Party

Notably missing from this year’s NDP platform is their “Job Creation Tax Credit”, which formed a prominent part of their jobs platform in 2011 and 2014.

This year’s platform promises to create 27,000 new paid internship or co-op positions, increase mandatory paid vacation from 2 weeks to 3, and make it harder for employers to ‘hide’ employees as contractors.

Green Party

The party’s platform states that they will create “[j]obs in caring for people, local food, arts and culture”, in addition to creating jobs in clean innovation and other green energy related fields.

Libertarian Party

The Libertarian Party will “end mandatory registration with the College of Trades”. Also see Taxes.

None of the Above Party

No specific platform points on this topic.

Trillium Party

No specific platform points on this topic.


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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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