The federal election presents an excellent opportunity for charities and nonprofits to promote civic engagement and to talk boldly about issues important to Canadians and our communities!
Canada’s political parties and charities and nonprofits have important things to say about the issues that matter to you. It can be time-consuming to keep track of it all now that the election campaign is in full swing with more and more information available each day! This Election Hub is here to help you stay informed and up-to-date about the issues that you care about and those that affect all charities.
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Charity Impact Brief: Federal Election 2015
Charities and nonprofits are actively engaging in the current federal election campaign. The Charity Impact Brief illustrates that despite concerns over political activity audits, these organizations continue to speak up on ideas that are critical to Canada’s social good. [Media Release]
Released: October 5, 2015
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The Green Party committed to expanding Medicare to include dental coverage for all low-income youth.
The Conservative Party released their complete electoral platform. This document contains several references to issues relevant to a number of charitable subsectors.
The NDP released their full electoral platform. The platform contains references to several charitable subsectors.
The Liberal Party announced support for efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault. This strategy includes a review of gender- and culturally-sensitive training policies for federal law enforcement; an increase in investments toward the growth of shelter networks and transition houses; and an amendment to the criminal code to reclassify intimate partner violence.
The Liberal Party unveiled its platform. It compiles previous announcements, and mentions charities directly in committing to clarifying the regulations governing advocacy.
The Green Party pledged several actions related to water protection. These include the reversal of changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, the creation of a National Water Policy, investment in basic infrastructure for drinking water in First Nations communities, and the support of international efforts for the human right to water for drinking and sanitation.
The Green Party unveiled a plan to support arts and culture. This plan includes funding for Canada Council for the Arts and the creation of an arms-length committee tasked with appointing members to the boards of cultural institutions in order to prevent political interference.
The Conservative Party committed to renewed funding for Brain Canada, a nonprofit organization dedicated to neurological research.
Strength in Democracy/Forces et Démocratie announced the release of the party’s social platform. The platform contains a section targeted at strengthening the non-profit and charitable sector, with a focus on advocacy limits, access to data, and the need to undertake a broad study on best practices.
The second French language leadership debate took place on this date in Montréal, with Gilles Duceppe, Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau, and Tom Mulcair in attendance. A recording of the debate is available via CPAC, with option for simultaneous translation in English.
The Conservative Party committed to re-introducing the Dangerous and Impaired Driving Act if they form government. This may be of interest to those who have followed the long-standing advocacy efforts of some nonprofit organizations on impaired driving prevention.
The NDP unveiled the party plan for post-secondary education. This includes a targeted investment of $250 million in new federal loans grants over four years, eliminating interest on student loans, and a commitment to work with the provinces and territories to make post-secondary education more affordable.
The NDP announced a proposal to invest in sustainable development projects as part of an approach to combat climate change. The plan would see investments in the renewable energy sector, as well as investments in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund.
The Bloc Québécois announced proposed price fixing and reductions in the cost of prescription medicines.
The Liberal Party announced a plan to invest in health care and home care that would include the negotiation of a new Health Accord and new funding agreement. The plan also commits to an investment of $3 billion into home care, and would also seek to improve access to prescription mediations.
The NDP announced they would reinstate the long-form census as part of their investment in research. As part of this plan, they would also invest $105 million in post-secondary scientific research.
The Green Party reiterated support for the development of a National Seniors Strategy, which would include a guaranteed liveable income, a National Dementia Strategy, and a plan for pharmacare.
The Liberal Party announced a reconciliation plan for the Métis Nation. This proposal includes a coordinated review of existing federal programs and services offered to Métis communities, and a following through of the Kelowna Accord’s commitment to improve existing scholarships and bursaries offered to Métis students.
The NDP proposed the launch of a National Action Plan to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and stated they would introduce a Canadians with Disabilities Act.
The NDP announced they would make amendments to Nutrition North, in order to improve access to food for northern communities and support local solutions for food security.
The NDP stated they would begin the process to reinstating funds to Canada’s Official Development Assistance budget, and work towards increasing this to 0.7% of Canada’s gross national income. The party also identified the proposed international development priorities of poverty reduction and women’s equality.
The Green Party made an announcement regarding their plan for First Nations, which includes a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, ad the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations. This plan would also provide support for communities living with the environmental impact of the oil sands.
The Liberal Party unveiled their costed fiscal plan.
Tthe Liberal Party announced that as part of their plan for immigration, they would increase the number of applications permitted for family member applicants as well as speed up processing times.
The September 24 French language leaders’ debate is available for on-demand viewing on CPAC’s digital archive page. It can be watched in the original French, or with simultaneous translation into English.
Maclean’s has also released a French transcript of the event.
The Bloc Québécois released their financial framework for the 2016-2019 period, which includes a focus on employment insurance and spending on green infrastructure.
The Liberal Party stated that if elected they would double investment to the Canada Council for the Arts, from its current funding levels of $180 million to $360 million.
The NDP revealed that under their plan for employment insurance the party would create upwards of 90,000 training and work transition opportunities, and expand parental benefits.
The Green Party made an announcement regarding their National Pharmacare Plan, which would provide universal access to certain medicines.
The Conservative Party announced that if re-elected, the party would match donations to the Terry Fox Foundation, up to a maximum of $35 million. Additionally, they would provide $12.5 million in funding toward the establishment of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Centre in Vancouver.
The Green Party committed to a plan intended to protect and conserve national parks. This includes the safeguarding of critical habitats including those of endangered species, the implementation of recommendations of conservation scientists, and the fulfillment of Canada’s international biodiversity commitments.
The NDP announced they would invest $2.6 billion over four years in universal access to prescription drug coverage.
The Conservative Party announced plans to fund Child Advocacy Centres and Child and Youth Advocacy Centres, including assistance to support the provision of Centre services to rural communities. These plans also include funds for research into the impact of crime on victims
This election campaign’s second leadership debate included leaders of the Conservative Party, the Liberal Party, and the NDP. The debate focused on the economy, and leaders addressed a number of wide-ranging issues, some of relevance to the charitable sector. A transcript of the debate can be found here.
During the debate, a group of caregivers and organizations together as part of the Mobilizing Action: Family Caregivers in Canada team, took to Twitter to spread the word about family caregivers’ contributions to the Canadian economy. The tweets can be tracked using the #homeishealth hashtag.
The Bloc Québécois announced support for improvement to employment insurance.
The NDP made a statement that the party would prioritize affordable housing though building 10,000 units and strengthening social housing.
The NDP released their campaign platform. This document contains several references to issues relevant to a number of charitable subsectors.
The Green Party released a statement on the party’s Youth and Education Strategy. Through this, the party would seek to eliminate existing of incurred student federal debt over $10,000, as well as abolish tuition fees for lower income students and families.
The NDP proposed the creation of a Mental Health Innovation Fund for Children and Youth. This $100 million fund would concentrate on improved care and the reduction of wait times for patients seeking support or treatment.
The NDP announced an intended $40 million investment in Alzheimer’s and dementia screening, diagnosis, support and research.
The NDP unveiled a plan to invest $300 million in the building of 200 clinics across the country, and assist provinces in hiring over 7,000 health care professionals.
The NDP announced plans to support an additional 41,000 seniors through expanded home care support
The Green Party revealed a LGBTQ + Strategy. This would introduce legislation for transgender rights and augment health services for transgendered patients, invest in HIV/AIDS education and prevention services, and support public education measures to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Liberal Party announced a commitment of $1.5 billion towards youth employment, with funds allocated towards jobs in the environment sector and community building projects.
The Liberal Party introduced proposed measures to protect Canada’s oceans and marine and coastal habitats.
The NDP announced a plan for youth employment with a focus on intern protections and job growth. Working in partnership with NGO as well as private sector organizations, the approach would enable the creation of over 40,000 jobs, paid internships and co-op placements.
The Liberal Party outlined a number of components of a National Housing Strategy, meant to improve upon and expand the availability of affordable housing for middle- and low-income Canadians.
The Green Party produced their election platform, which includes a focus on policies related to climate change, criminal justice reform, and changes to immigration and refugee systems.
The Conservative Party announced a reduction in payroll taxes for employees and businesses.
The leader of the Bloc Québécois expressed opposition to the development of community mailboxes in the province, announcing the party would seek to reinstate Canada Post’s door-to-door mail delivery service.
The Conservative Party proposed to double the annual matching grants provided to families through Registered Education Savings Plans.
The Liberal Party unveiled proposed changes to employment insurance intended to reduce wait times as well as payroll costs for employers and employees.
The Conservative Party announced an expansion to the Registered Disability Savings Plan through an increase in the maximum annual Canada Disability Savings Grant, and a wider range of investment options for RDSP holders.
The Conservative Party proposed the introduction of an endowment incentive fund to assist local museums. The fund would see individual donor dollars matched by the federal government.
The Conservative Party announced measures to support conservation efforts, including the creation of a Wildlife Conservation and Enhancement Program.
The Conservative party indicated plans to reduce wait times and improve processing procedures for refugees seeking entry into Canada.
The NDP revealed a plan related to pensions and retirement security.
The Green Party released a statement on the Syrian refugee crisis, proposing a commitment of resettling 25,000 refugees.
The NDP put forth a plan for the current Syrian refugee crisis, including bringing 10,000 refugees to Canada, the appointment of a Syrian Refugee Coordinator, and the fast tracking of private sponsorship.
The leader of the Bloc Québécois called on government to immediately receive at least 10,000 Syrian refugees.
The NDP announced a proposed investment of $28 million to support physical activity for low income and disadvantaged youth.
The Liberal Party committed to receiving 25,000 refugees in addition to those already settled under the current government.
The NDP put forward an action plan to end violence against women that includes creating more shelter spaces, calling an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, and investing in affordable housing programs.
The Liberal Party announced an infrastructure strategy that would see investments in public transit and transportation, affordable housing, and assistance to communities in adapting to effects of climate change.
The Conservative Party announced intentions to expand rural access to high-speed broadband internet, with a funding allotment of $200 million.
The Green Party unveiled a plan to invest in social and affordable housing. This plan includes a National Housing Strategy, a guaranteed liveable income, and investments in social housing for First Nations.
The NDP put forth a plan to assist 200,000 seniors living in poverty. This plan, part of a national seniors’ strategy, would include consultations and a funding increase to the Guaranteed Income Supplement.
The Conservative Party announced plans for a tax relief measure for service club members of 15 to 29 per cent Charitable Tax Credit value.
The Liberal Party announced they would invest in availability of EI Compassionate Care Benefits to citizens providing care to ill family members.
The Conservative Party unveiled planned consultations on red tape reduction for businesses. This is potentially of interest to organizations involved in earned income activities.
The Liberal Party put forth proposals regarding EI and parental leave. This would impact upon sector organizations as employers.
The NDP announced the party would strengthen federal-provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Agreements. This is of potential interest to organizations mandated with providing relief in disaster situations.
The Green Party announced a host of policy positions that would see the strengthening of environmental laws, bring environmental protection into the Constitution, and ensure the RCMP hear concerns of those seeking action on climate change.
The Liberal Party proposed policies relating to First Nation’s education, indigenous students’ postsecondary education funding, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and child and family services. These proposals will be of interest to organizations working with Aboriginal peoples, as well as those involved in education, postsecondary education, victims’ rights, and child welfare.
The Conservative Party proposed new measures relating to the National Anti-Drug Strategy, including a 10-year renewal of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s mandate. This will be of interest to organizations working in the areas of addiction, mental health, and public health, among others.
The Conservative Party proposed new measures to criminalize travel to designated areas where listed terrorist entities are engaged in hostile activities, recruitment, or training. Details on how such areas will be designated are not available, but the party notes that providing humanitarian assistance may be a legitimate activity that is exempt from restrictions. Organizations working internationally may be particularly interested in seeking more details.
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