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Find Out Where the Parties Stand

INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE

New Democratic Party
The NDP promise to ensure roads, bridges and other core infrastructure get attention, starting with additional one cent of existing gas tax. This would amount to additional $1.5-billion annual investment by the end of NDP’s first mandate to help stabilize long-term funding for infrastructure. The “Better Transit Plan” would be developed with provinces and territories to improve commuting in cities and help the environment. The NDP would spend $1.3 billion annually over next 20 years to ensure stable, transparent public transit funding for municipalities. They would also provide incentives for construction of 10,000 affordable and market-rental housing units.

Conservative Party
The Conservatives are providing $5.8 billion on a cash basis over six years, starting in 2014– 15, to build and renew infrastructure assets and on-reserve schools across the country. These investments are intended to modernize and repair important federal infrastructure assets, provide employment opportunities in communities across Canada and support services to Canadians that in turn contribute to Canada’s long-term economic prosperity.

Liberal Party
Over the next decade the Liberals promise to spend $125 billion on infrastructure, including more than tripling federal investment in public transit over the next four years. A Liberal government will ensure that the federal government pays its share of capital, interest, and any additional charges to ensure both new construction and a state of good repair for transit facilities. The Liberals also promise to invest in social infrastructure such as affordable housing and seniors’ centres, as well as green infrastructure such as renewable energy projects, retrofits, and wastewater treatment.


CREATING GOOD JOBS

New Democratic Party
An NDP government would "crack down" on unpaid internships in Canada. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair promised to provide up to $200 million over four years towards efforts with the private sector and non-government organizations to generate up 40,000 jobs, paid internships and co-op placements for young people. Under the plan, all infrastructure projects receiving at least $10 million in federal funding will be required to hire apprentices, including development projects at federally regulated airports, port authorities and Crown corporations. An NDP government would also provide $5 million a year in grants so that municipalities can create 1,250 apprenticeships if the party is elected.

Conservative Party
The Conservatives have not announced an expansion of federally subsidized apprenticeships within the build trades, but has announced apprenticeship tax credit expansion. A Conservative government would spend $60 million a year on increased and extended tax credits for businesses that hire would-be tradespeople. The Conservatives would increase the maximum credit to $2,500 from $2,000, and also extend it to the third and fourth years of eligible apprenticeship training.

Liberal Party
The Liberal’s plan will improve investment in skills training, through a $750 million annual increase in funding for training programs delivered in partnership with the provinces, territories, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. A Liberal government will also invest $25 million per year in training facilities, and will work with employers and labour to determine an appropriate apprenticeship ratio for all federal infrastructure projects. The Liberals will also work with provinces, territories, and post-secondary institutions to develop or expand Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs. This will provide up to $10 million per year to help young Canadians gain the skills they need to enter trades in high demand.


WORKING FOR FAIRNESS

New Democratic Party
An NDP government will commit to reducing income inequality and will renew Canada’s commitment to eliminate child poverty.To support achieving these goals, an NDP government will close the tax loophole currently enjoyed by CEOs on stock options. Those funds would be re-directed to low-income families through an enhanced Working Income Tax Benefit and an enhanced National Child Benefit Supplement.The NDP will be taxing the wealthiest corporations and re-investing that money in Canadian public services, as is outlined in the party’s income inequality and poverty reduction plan. While the NDP have not promised to tax the wealthiest Canadians, they will close tax ‘loopholes’ that benefit the wealthiest Canadians, such as income- splitting.

Conservative Party
The Conservatives have not mentioned income inequality as a prioritized issue on the campaign thus far. The Conservative Party of Canada will not increase taxes on wealthy Canadians.

Liberal Party
The Liberals will reduce child poverty through the Canada Child Benefit, which will help those aspiring to the middle class and help lower income families. Through job creation and investments in social infrastructure we will stimulate the economy, which will allow more Canadians to thrive and access the workforce, rather than fall behind. They will also be investing in social infrastructure like social housing to help alleviate poverty and specifically child poverty. The Liberals believe their proposed Canada Child Benefit will lift 315,000 children out of poverty. A Liberal government will ensure that no veteran has to fight the government for the support and compensation they have earned. The Liberal plan will end tax breaks for the wealthiest Canadians, and instead increase taxes for the wealthiest 2%.


MOBILITY TAX CREDIT FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS

New Democratic Party
The NDP has not made an announcement on this subject. NDP industry Critic Chris Charlton (Hamilton Mountain) saw her bill defeated which would have provided a mobility tax credit for workers in the building trades industry.

Conservative Party
The Conservatives have made no announcements regarding a mobility tax credit for workers in the building trades industry.

Liberal Party
The Liberals have made no announcements on this subject.


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