Newfoundland and Labrador 2021

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Newfoundland and Labrador 2021

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The policies outlined below are incomplete and will be updated as we approach the election so be sure to check in with us before the big day. This was put together by humans and is therefore imperfect. If you spot something missing or that appears biased please let us know through the “bull” button. Thank you, and happy choosing!
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1. Choose which issues matter to you

  • Healthcare
  • Poverty and Community Safety
  • The Economy
  • Natural Resources
  • Immigration
  • Education and Childcare
  • Equity and Social Justice

2. Choose the policies that you like below.
Then view your selection in My Platform

Liberal Party of Newfoundland

Liberal Party Platform

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NDP Party of Newfoundland

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Liberal

Healthcare

  • Continue the work of the Health Accord NL which aims to implement value-based healthcare
  • Introduce a Promoting Physical Activity tax credit to encourage individuals and families to attend fitness classes, practice yoga, and enroll their children in sports programs.
  • Implement a broader Promoting Physical Activity initiative with targeted outreach and social support to ensure accessibility of physical activity.
  • Expand access to healthcare in rural and remote regions of the province through investments in eHealth/telemedicine infrastructure, including mental health and pharmacy services.
  • Invest in technology and IT training to enable digital healthcare service delivery.
  • Reinvest cost savings from the service delivery shift into expanded subsidies for rural and remote residents to travel for specialized healthcare that cannot be offered digitally.
  • Support the ongoing research and continued development of the Bridge the gApp site, which provides online access to mental health services.
  • Work with the federal government's allocation of $1 billion for long-term care improvements and develop best practices for long-term care.
  • Explore innovative approaches to long-term care such as public long-term care insurance.
  • Continue construction of the replacement for Waterford Hospital with a 240,000 square foot, six-storey, 102-bed mental health and addictions hospital.
  • Replace the Agnes Cowan Hostel with a new 60-bed hostel.
  • Continue construction on the new Corner Brook hospital project with an expanded cancer care centre and PET scanner.
  • Expand the Medical Transportation Assistance Program by reducing the private vehicle deductible from 1500 km to 500 km by April 2021 and enabling a $25 per night private accommodation rate and $29 per day meal allowance.
  • Increase the number of Personal Care Attendants and Licensed Practical Nurses within a year.
  • Provide period products free of charge in schools to people who need them.
  • Increase access to fertility treatments, working with stakeholders to enable IVF services.
  • Provide funding to eligible Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who must travel to out-of-province fertility clinics.


Progressive Conservative

Healthcare

  • Perform point-of-entry testing at border access points to alleviate the burden on rotational workers and allow the economy to safely reopen sooner.
  • Ensure that people get vaccinations in as timely a manner as possible.
  • Remain vigilant so that infection does not take hold again.
  • Address the mental health needs of citizens who have been severely impacted by the pandemic and measures to combat it.
  • Minimize disruptions to non-Covid health care so patients can access the care they require in a timely manner.
  • Work to increase access to personal protective equipment.
  • Review the response to the COVID-19 crisis to learn lessons.
  • Create a province-wide program of primary health care teams.
  • Ensure that these teams are where: patients receive comprehensive care; family physicians can transition away from solo practice to team practice; nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and other providers can be connected and integrated with family doctors in team structures; patients can have continuous relationships with their own most responsible provider; progress made in electronic medical records and virtual care can be harvested for integrated team care; the focus can shift to wellness and disease prevention.
  • Reduce the proportion of unattached patients in the province to 5 per cent.
  • Retain 75 per cent of the Memorial medical graduates who pursue family medicine.
  • Implement a healthcare team model that will provide residents with access to family doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, and dieticians.
  • Work collaboratively with the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurse Practitioner Association to create new full-time permanent positions for nurse practitioners in communities needing them.
  • Ensure that all health care professionals are able to practice at their full scope of professional practice.
  • Ensure that health care teams offer after-hour and weekend clinics as well as virtual care.
  • Modernize the medical fee structures so they are flexible enough to cover innovative arrangements for service delivery by multidisciplinary health care teams.
  • Work with communities, doctors, and the NLMA to focus on the recruitment of family doctors.
  • Ensure that health care teams will be able to use the Electronic Medical Record to improve the flow of information among health care providers
  • Ensure that patients have better access to their own medical record by working with the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information.
  • Maximize the implementation of electronic tools to remind patients of appointments.
  • Further expand the use of virtual care technologies that allow patients to access appropriate care in any region of the province.
  • Ensure supports are in place to help those who do not use technology to continue to access appropriate care in-person.
  • Change the Medical Transportation Assistance Plan to allow 100 per cent reimbursement of travel for people who must travel for medical reasons outside their region.
  • Investigate opportunities to create a routine air ambulance service designed to increase the quality of patient care.
  • Work with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Midwives to increase access to midwifery in the province.
  • Develop a public registry of all Automated External Defibrillators in the province so that in the case of an emergency 911 dispatch operators and the public can locate the closest AED.
  • Remove the age cap and ensure Medicare covers the costs of insulin pumps for all persons with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.
  • Optimize access to dialysis with a focus on home dialysis throughout the province.
  • Deliver a PET scanner to the Corner Brook Regional Hospital when it opens.
  • Reinstate 24-hour emergency room coverage at the Dr. Hugh Twomey Health Centre in Botwood.
  • Cancel any planned reduction in laboratory services at the Central Newfoundland Hospital in Grand Falls-Windsor.
  • Develop a Cardiac Centre of Excellence to make the province a leader in cardiac care.
  • Develop cost-effective options to increase access to in-vitro fertilization with the objective of establishing an in-vitro fertilization clinic in-province.
  • Increase the availability of dental coverage for seniors and other low-income adults.
  • Educate health care providers and patients about the appropriateness of various tests, procedures and treatments to minimize waste and harm in the health care system.
  • Consult with public sector unions, frontline workers, and health care advocates on all health care reforms.
  • Appoint a Chief Wellness Officer to find ways to make citizens healthier so they need less care, have healthier lives, and incur less cost.
  • Promote healthy living starting in school.
  • Focus on the social determinants of health and poverty reduction as a wellness strategy.
  • Improve the delivery of safe, potable drinking water, with a systematic review of boil-order advisories across the province.
  • Improve access to mental health care and addictions treatment as per the recommendations of the report of the all-party committee on mental health and addictions.
  • Ensure that the mental health and addictions care of inmates in correctional facilities reflects the recommendations of the Jesso report on inmate deaths.
  • Work with all stakeholders to implement a youth mental health and addictions strategy, with a particular focus on the issue of youth suicide.
  • Ensure that seniors can stay in their own homes and own communities as long as possible.
  • Conduct a review of the current availability of long-term care homes to ensure that there are adequate facilities in place to meet the needs of the residents of the province.
  • Review long-term care access in the Stephenville-Port au Port region.
  • Conduct a staffing level review of all nursing homes to ensure the appropriate number of health professionals is available to care for residents.

  • Develop a community residential hospice/end-of-life care model and complete the Lionel Kelland Hospice in Grand Falls-Windsor.
  • Ensure seniors have the right to choose the care they want.
  • Consider an increase to the Personal Care Home Subsidy rate.
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NDP

Healthcare

  • Identify a plan ensuring all residents can access a doctor, nurse practitioner or primary health care team when they need it.
  • Ensure that there are recruitment staffing strategies in place to make the workplace better and eliminate 24-hour shifts.
  • Prevent the privatization of Long Term Care facilities .
  • Reach the national goal of four hours for every resident for personal care and nursing care daily.
  • Develop a full homecare system that lets people stay in their homes and communities.
  • Work to ensure that affordable medicines for all are part of the Canada Health Act.
  • Commit to a senior's dental program as a first step toward reaching universal dental care.
  • Determine appropriate levels of coverage and commit the necessary resources to ensure ambulance services and a medical transportation program that work for all citizens.
  • Raise the MTAP reimbursement level from $500 to $1000 and stop forcing families to pay first and wait for reimbursement.
  • Implement an NDP crisis preparedness plan that would include public health officials, health care unions and other experts to ensure that there is adequate up to date and appropriate personal protective equipment immediately available for everyone who needs it, as well as allow working people to have paid sick days.
  • Complete the outstanding recommendations of the Towards Recovery report.

Liberal

Poverty and Community Safety

  • Develop social infrastructure to allow community organizations to grow.
  • Request proposals to create an incubator and accelerator to maximize social and economic impacts from community growth.
  • Review existing actions related to housing and food insecurity and poverty reduction.
  • Increase the minimum wage in accordance with the consumer price index and renew discussions with other Atlantic provinces to consider establishing a harmonized minimum wage.
  • Seek out proposals for construction of a new penitentiary, to be completed by 2024-2025.
  • Develop an intergenerational program guide to aid increased interaction between youth and older adults.
  • Advance to Phase III of the cell service and broadband expansion program and complete the establishment of a province-wide public safety radio program.
  • Increase provincial food security to 20 percent by 2022.
  • Increase support for community gardens by increasing the non-repayable grant amount from up to $500 to up to $750 for the 2021-22 growing season.
  • Incentivize communities to explore regionalization and share services.
  • Introduce modern municipal legislation.

Progressive Conservative

Poverty and Community Safety

  • Require a local benefits policy when public funds are spent on infrastructure, including a focus on underrepresented groups such as women, Indigenous persons and apprentices.
  • Require a percentage of new hires on publicly funded projects to be apprentices.
  • Use provincial leverage to ensure underrepresented groups such as women get a percentage of work on public infrastructure projects.
  • Promote local products and businesses, encouraging residents to buy local while also showcasing these businesses abroad.
  • Purchase goods, services, and construction work from provincial suppliers whenever possible.
  • Expand supply chains that support all economic development so provincial people are the principal beneficiaries of all provincial resources.
  • Develop a new, long-term violence prevention strategy based on evidence and best practices.
  • Increase support for community-based organizations to assist survivors of violence.
  • Collaborate with Indigenous organizations and governments to support the development and implementation of long-term, culturally appropriate solutions to violence against Indigenous women and children.
  • Collaborate with the Provincial Action Network on the Status of Women, Indigenous women's organizations, survivors of violence and other partners to establish a task force to examine the issues of intimate partner and family violence and develop an action plan.
  • Advance family violence intervention courts based on task force recommendations.
  • Work with sexual assault nurse examiners to explore opportunities to improve public access.
  • Work with the Seniors' Advocate on strategies to protect vulnerable seniors by addressing violence, abuse, exploitation, and consumer protection, particularly in relation to marketing fraud.
  • Develop a new poverty reduction strategy to help improve the well-being and quality of life of those who are now living in poverty.
  • Provide regular, reasonable increases to the minimum wage by linking it to the Consumer Price Index.
  • Create a new strategy for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in collaboration with non-profit and community organizations.
  • Work with organizations whose mandate focuses on the issue of housing and homelessness to implement and support plans.
  • Bring forward the strictest anti-corruption legislation in Canada, imposing tough penalties on those who violate the public trust and requiring ministers to step aside when such matters put their actions under review.
  • Require the disclosure of key shareholders in numbered companies that benefit from public funding.
  • Create a safe and respectful workplace for all public service workers.
  • Introduce cultural sensitivity training for all members of the public service.
  • Advance electoral and legislature reform through an all-party process that includes advocates and experts in democratic reform.

NDP

Poverty and Community Safety

  • Increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, with an aim toward making it a living wage through regular increases.
  • Invest in the creation of more affordable and accessible seniors' housing units.
  • Create new portable rental supplements.
  • Increase funding to the Provincial Home Repair program.
  • Develop and implement an aggressive, comprehensive plan for food security and to address poverty and hunger.
  • Reinstate the all-party committee on basic income in Newfoundland and Labrador and continue to work with anti-poverty experts and colleagues in Ottawa to explore how best to alleviate poverty in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Stop the CERB clawbacks from families on income support.
  • Re-open the Labrador Affairs Office.
  • Develop food policy that includes the northern context, and recognizes the right to food for Indigenous Peoples.
  • Repair the tax system to better support public services.
  • Explore alternative revenue sources such as a wealth tax and encourage the federal government to close offshore tax havens.
  • Introduce legislation allowing municipal governments to hold democratic elections every four years using voting methods appropriate to the community.

Liberal

Economy

  • Engage in broad consultations with stakeholders and the general public based upon the results of the Premier's Economic Recovery Team report, due in final form by April 30th, 2021.
  • Hire a Chief Economic Recovery Officer to oversee growth in the provincial economy.
  • Work with the federal government to ensure that ratepayers do not bear the cost of the Muskrat Falls project and identify opportunities for Newfoundland to become the battery that powers the Eastern Seaboard.
  • Continue to collaborate with the federal government toward exploring a fixed link between Labrador and the Island of Newfoundland
  • Commit to responsible debt management including best practices, debt consolidation, and rolling over expensive debt from past years to more affordable arrangements.
  • Require contractor responses to government infrastructure requests for proposals to demonstrate a commitment to hiring workers based in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Require contractor responses to demonstrate a commitment to hiring women, Indigenous Peoples, and other local workers underrepresented in the workforce on government infrastructure projects, as well as a commitment to hiring and mentoring apprentices.
  • Continue commitment to education and skills development.
  • Commit to procuring goods and services for infrastructure projects from local firms when possible.
  • Create InvestNL, a one-stop trade desk for investors to access opportunities in the province.
  • Create "NL 2030", a roadmap for research and development activity in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Create partnerships, synergies and network effects that will propel the province's technology sector forward.
  • Develop shared work space, networking initiatives, investment and incubation services, and research and mentorship for the tech industry.

  • Use public challenges like hackathons to incentivize the creation of new businesses and products to create specific tech solutions for key industries.
  • Promote creative and cultural industries as a priority growth area.
  • Create an Advisory Council on Creative and Cultural Industries to advise the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation on how best to grow creative and cultural industries.
  • Increase promotion of opportunities through the development of a digital portal called "CreateNL" that will produce tourism videos and other marketing materials targeting artists and creators across Canada and globally.
  • Work to create an incentivized immigration pathway for artists to choose the province as a home base for creative production.
  • Invest in modernizing arts and cultural infrastructure, including equity and tax credit programs.

Progressive Conservative

Economy

  • Cut red tape and create tax credits to assist employers with hiring.
  • Kickstart resources projects and value-added production.
  • Maximize local benefits and partner to grow outside markets.
  • Embrace the green economy and fuel high-tech jobs with venture capital,
  • Tackle corruption that scares away investors.
  • Demand a targeted jobs and growth strategy from the federal government.
  • Fight for a new fiscal arrangement with the federal government that recognizes the province's geography and the cost of servicing residents.
  • Renegotiate the equalization formula and sue the federal government if it does not negotiate a fair deal.
  • Request the federal government to come to the table with a joint federal/provincial recovery plan to address population decline.
  • Demand a greater share of all federal-provincial funding agreements.
  • Demand the federal government take an equity stake in the Muskrat Falls development project.
  • Fight for a rate mitigation plan that keeps electricity rates stable, predictable, and affordable.
  • In accordance with the Lower Churchill project and the majority green makeup of the Newfoundland and Labrador electrical grid, demand that the federal government opt the province out of the carbon tax.
  • Ensure that the Atlantic Accord commitments are upheld.
  • Partner with Noia and CAPP to seek support from the federal government for oil exploration incentives.
  • Seek federal support for the development of West White Rose and Bay du Nord, and ensure the work on the Terra Nova FPSO takes place in-province.
  • Demand that the federal Canada Hibernia Holding Company be headquartered in-province.
  • Slash red tape by implementing an aggressive Red Tape Reduction Strategy and adopting a "customer service culture" to set customer service benchmarks and report on government performance. All forms will be place online and forms that require annual filing will be 'pre-populated' to speed up the process.
  • Launch a business navigator service to help employers find necessary information on regulations.
  • Establish a remote workers pilot project to attract people who can live in Newfoundland and work remotely globally.
  • Ensure innovation and business supports are available in all regions throughout the province.
  • Create a $10 million venture capital fund to provide a Venture Capital Tax Credit to help companies expand their presence in the province and expand exports.
  • View every government policy through a job creation lens to ensure a whole-of-government approach to job creation.
  • Regularly meet with investors, business leaders, labour leaders and communities for feedback and recommendations.
  • Identify local prospects for development and growth.
  • Provide secure digital access to common governmental services on an array of devices and introduce digital signature legislation to allow for binding digital transactions and agreements.
  • Ensure 98% internet connectivity to all residents by 2025.
  • Enact a hiring tax credit to allow businesses to hire more people.
  • Invest a portion of income tax paid by new hires back into the business that hires them.
  • Reduce payroll tax on full-time employees over time to encourage business owners to hire more and focus on full-time employment over part-time work.
  • Provide a relocation tax credit to those who relocate to the province to accept a new job in targeted growth sectors.
  • Perform a cost/benefit analysis of all taxes and fees and eliminate any inefficiencies.
  • Advocate for a review of the federal northern residents deduction (tax exemption) as it applies to the province.
  • Develop tax credits to support the work of artists, writers and other cultural producers.
  • Consult with the tourism industry on taxes, fees and levies to ensure the cost burden does not undermine the growth of the tourism economy.
  • Review the mining royalties and taxation regime.
  • Provide regular, reasonable increases to the minimum wage by linking it to the consumer price index.
  • Put into action an assertive air access strategy designed to expand routes serving airports in the province.
  • Ensure Newfoundland and Labrador remains a world leader and standard setter in marketing in digital, social, broadcast and print media.
  • Work with the tourism industry to capture a greater share of the post-pandemic global tourism market.
  • Encourage citizens to explore their own province by targeting local consumers with "vacation at home" marketing and working with the industry to develop more vacation packages for provincial residents.
  • Conduct an in-depth review of existing regulations to identify solutions that will ensure a fair and equitable business environment for tourism service providers.
  • Consult with the tourism industry on taxes, fees and levies to ensure that the cost burden does not undermine the growth of the tourism economy.
  • Expedite the process for registering, listing and accessing attractions in the province's tourism book and on tourism websites and digital listings.
  • Develop a provincial network of world-class digital supports for tourists and operators.
  • Collaborate with tourism stakeholders to achieve world-class standards and consistent quality in accommodations, food service and visitor information.
  • Develop tax credits to support the work of artists, writers and other cultural producers.
  • Invest to grow authentic attractions in the province, and assist them in securing funding from ACOA and other sources.
  • Look into opening the Colonial Building as a showpiece of the province's political, constitutional, and cultural history.
  • Work with Municipalities NL to develop a new progressive tax regime for communities.
  • Pursue a multiyear planning approach for infrastructure, including an assessment of existing infrastructure throughout the province and a plan to maintain it and replace it as necessary.
  • Review best practices to ensure that new builds are efficient in terms of cost of heating the building and the environmental impact of emissions.
  • Invigorate municipal governance through a stronger and more productive partnership with Municipalities NL.
  • Develop a broader accountability framework to ensure new funding for municipalities supports investments in priority service areas.
  • Facilitate and support the regional sharing of services among municipalities that choose to collaborate.
  • Use the Lands Act to create reserves that will assist municipalities in acquiring Crown lands at market value in a phased approach for development.

NDP

Economy

  • Increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, with an aim toward making it a living wage through regular increases.
  • Remove the provincial sales tax on menstrual products.
  • Reinstate the Home Heating Fuel Rebate.
  • Keep electricity rates affordable at 13 cents per kilowatt hour.
  • Create a "Good Jobs For All" strategy that brings experts to the table to create a labour market strategy that works for everyone, grows the economy, and makes the province into one where people want to live and work.
  • Invest in a strong public sector and quality public services, with a clear plan with strategic investments in physical and social infrastructure, including green infrastructure.
  • Facilitate and encourage private sector investment in the green economy and help workers transition into the jobs of the future.
  • Target alternative energy and conservation, including building retrofits.
  • Encourage and support locally-owned businesses and a "buy local" campaign.
  • Commit to a diversified economy that respects the environment and builds a better future for citizens.
  • Lobby the federal government to return to Newfoundland and Labrador the 8.5% share of Hibernia oil returns held by the federal government.
  • Invest in public infrastructure to preserve it and to create jobs.
  • Eliminate the small business tax.
  • Increase the Arts NL grant to $5 million to support necessary arts creation and development work, and work to find creative and productive ways to keep the arts community employed.
  • Create a Tourism and Culture Task Force to bring together small and large operators, municipal representatives, cultural organizations, not-for-profits, and labour.
  • Establish a new provincial-municipal partnership to explore regional approaches to municipal government, increasing the local tax base and ensuring needed public services.
  • Develop a comprehensive Rural Revitalization Plan to help municipalities navigate issues in order to find regionally specific solutions.
  • Create a framework for regional services to maintain drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Work with industry and governments to invest more in charging stations across the province.
  • Invest in broadband and cellular infrastructure and expand access to rural and remote regions of the province.
  • Complete the Trans Labrador Highway and ensure ferry service works for the people of Labrador.
  • Work with all levels of government to develop regional fully accessible public transit systems across the province including ferries which will provide affordable access to work and education, stimulate the economy, and reduce congestion and pollution.
  • Ensure that all existing public-private partnerships are made open and transparent.

Liberal

Natural Resources

  • Support the development of a multi-species aquaculture strategy.
  • Ensure that the growth of the aquaculture industry is inclusive and creates economic opportunities for all gender and Indigenous entrepreneurs.
  • Support investment to grow the value and volume of exports by processing and manufacturing opportunities within Newfoundland.
  • Invest in the expansion of secondary processing and support research & development into new manufacturing processes and products from waste materials and byproducts.
  • Grow the wild caught fishery as a key industry, collaborating with the technology sector and creating inclusive opportunities for Indigenous peoples, women and young people looking to enter the fishery.
  • Engage with the Fisheries Advisory Council to guide the fishery through immediate challenges and creating a plan for a world class, modern fishery.
  • Work with the private sector to identify key clean growth industries, and build on existing competencies in these sectors.
  • Engage with investors globally to promote Newfoundland and Labrador as the global destination of choice for green investment.
  • Allocate $50 million to the COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Fund to further support industries and jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador that continue to be impacted by the ongoing pandemic.
  • Continue with the accelerated exploration initiative to provide companies with the incentive to drill more oil wells in the best prospects.
  • Continue to support exploration and innovation in order to realize the potential of the mining sector in a productive, sustainable manner.

Progressive Conservative

Natural Resources

  • Demand joint management of fisheries.
  • Oppose any unilateral federal action on fishing quotas.
  • Demand federal action to facilitate work on West White Rose, Terra Nova and Bay du Nord, and further energy sector exploration.
  • Make provincial equity investments where there are gaps in federal support.
  • Drive growth in the oil and gas sector by exploiting proven developed supply from onstream fields and by exploring and developing new fields.
  • Make natural gas development a priority by investing in a joint feasibility study.
  • Take a "life of field" perspective to oil and gas development, identifying and maximizing local benefits from the outset.
  • Publish a new energy plan to guide renewable and nonrenewable energy development for the next decade, incorporating wind power, tidal energy, and natural gas into future development.
  • Maximize the use of valuable infrastructure such as the Bull Arm fabrication site to support job creation in the province.
  • Support the continuing operation of the Come by Chance oil refiner.
  • Work with remote communities and associated stakeholders to develop and leverage sustainable energy solutions to reduce the reliance on diesel fuel.
  • Work with academic and community stakeholders to develop renewable energy education and training programs.
  • Appoint a committee of experts to plan and find urgent solutions to replace the Churchill Falls contract.
  • Demand the federal government take an equity stake in the Muskrat Falls development project.
  • Aggressively and positively market surplus energy and use the revenue to mitigate rates.
  • Use all options available to ensure that the province gets the best value from the electricity produced in the province.
  • Ensure that Quebec does not benefit at Newfoundland and Labrador's expense from the Atlantic Loop or any other energy program.
  • Promote the development of enterprises that capitalize on green employment and business start-up opportunities.
  • Work towards remediation of orphaned and abandoned mines.
  • Develop opportunities to better use local recyclables and waste in-province.
  • Double the investment in Conservation Corps Green Teams to clean up waste, and provide a post-secondary tax credit for team members.
  • Develop policy to remove ghost nets and other plastic debris from Newfoundland and Labrador waters.
  • Ensure that the province does its fair share to meet Canada's net-zero GHG emission targets.
  • Promote the benefits of hydroelectricity in making the province 98% green in electricity generation and market electricity nationally and internationally as a green alternative to coal.
  • Work with stakeholders to make clean hydro power available to supply vessels and other ships in port.
  • Power offshore rigs with hydroelectricity or wind power where possible.
  • Promote provincial petroleum products as a greener alternative to oil produced elsewhere in the global community.
  • Work with remote communities and associated stakeholders to develop and leverage sustainable energy solutions to fuel sustainable natural resource activities.
  • Explore using biofuels to reduce the province's GHG emissions.
  • Promote the use of electric vehicles and help to increase access to charging stations.
  • Review best practices to ensure that new builds are efficient in terms of cost of heating the building and the environmental impact of emissions.
  • Support job-creating improvements to the buildings, roads and other infrastructure that are most susceptible to the effects of climate change.
  • Actively promote the province's wealth of undeveloped mineral resources, including valuable rare earth elements.
  • Incentivize mining exploration through tax credits to accelerate activity and provide jobs.
  • Review the Mining Act and the Minerals Act and the regulatory regime to expedite development.
  • Proactively assist shovel-ready mining projects to progress from planning to operation, in order to accelerate growth and job creation in the mining industry.
  • Develop training opportunities and prepare and promote careers in the mining industry.
  • Expand the service and supply industry to compete for local, national, and international mining opportunities.
  • Demand joint management of fisheries.
  • Work with stakeholders across the fishing industry to expand value-added secondary processing of fishing resources.
  • Promote open and fair access to fisheries based on the principles of adjacency and historic usage, including Indigenous access.
  • Empower the Fish Processing Licensing Board to inquire into foreign ownership of fish processing operations and make recommendations.
  • Oppose any unilateral federal action on quotas to remove or redistribute allocations provided to the province.
  • Seek options to curtail the waste of unintended by-catch.
  • Explore options for sustainable market access for all underutilized species.
  • Seek further review on Marine Protection Areas to ensure that communities adjacent to these areas are able to conduct sustainable fishing activities.
  • Ensure that the resources exist to support and market the seal harvest products properly.
  • Protect fish resources from seals and cull the population to save fish stocks if required.
  • Work with forest industry stakeholders to seize new opportunities, including new product development and value-added secondary processing opportunities.
  • Engage the forestry industry and the adjacent communities to implement an ecosystem management strategy.
  • Ensure sustainable forest development, including more intensive replenishment practices and continued vigilance in protecting forests from infestations and fires.
  • Continue to stand by Corner Brook Pulp and Paper.
  • Work with farmers and farm associations to understand and remove barriers to growth in food production and sale for local consumption.
  • Develop a farm loan guarantee program.
  • Restructure granting programs to enable leveraging of private sector venture capital investment.
  • Support new initiatives to expand the agricultural industry, including indoor farming.
  • Work to secure a greater share of the market for organic foods.
  • Support resource sharing among farmers in the province, recognizing that the province has historically failed at resource sharing.
  • Work with the agriculture industry to explore opportunities to increase access to land for agriculture.
  • Partner with agricultural producers, academia, and the research community to improve farm efficiency, product quality, and innovation.
  • Develop a suite of initiatives to attract and support new entrants in the agricultural industry.
  • Work with producers to meet consumer expectations for food safety and high quality in food products.
  • Work to increase the value and marketability of local agricultural products.
  • Promote the local purchase of provincially produced foods.
  • Collaborate with Labradorians to develop a new Northern Strategic Plan for Labrador.
  • Review services and bed availability in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Labrador West to explore ways to reduce the need to travel, reduce wait times, and improve patient care.
  • Take action to increase the availability and affordability of food in Labrador, giving special attention to fresh products and produce.
  • Ensure that Nain has a safe airstrip that can be used 24 hours a day.
  • Work with local stakeholders to explore options to reduce reliance on diesel energy generation.
  • Pursue opportunities to see Labrador recognized nationally and internationally as a Gateway to the North, with proper road routes and sea routes extending beyond Labrador.
  • Press the Government of Canada to acknowledge the importance of raising the quality of the Trans-Labrador Highway to Canadian national highway standards.
  • Undertake a feasability study on a North Coast Highway in order to connect communities, create opportunities for mineral exploration, supplement medical air travel with road travel, serve as a route for food and other goods, and provide a corridor for electrical transmission times that could reduce diesel reliance.
  • Create a Labrador Culture Fund to help remove barriers to developing and sharing Labrador's cultural richness.
  • Commission an independent review of the stability of the North Spur at Muskrat Falls.
  • Direct Nalcor to settle the property damage case arising out of the 2017 flooding of Mud Lake and area.

NDP

Natural Resources

  • Implement an energy efficiency program that offers direct assistance to lower and middle class income households.
  • Develop natural resources in a sustainable manner which ensures that the province is the principal beneficiary for employment and business opportunities.
  • Develop a comprehensive mining plan that includes secondary processing in-province.
  • Bring fisheries into the 21st Century by modernizing regulations, removing barriers to the loan guarantee program, enacting laws prohibiting processing companies from having controlling agreements in the inshore fishery and introducing strict penalties and fines for companies violating those rules.
  • Commit to collecting production information and pricing from processors on all products processed in the province, and make this collective information available to all parties in collective bargaining.
  • Amend the Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act to make a second reconsideration to a pricing decision the law.
  • Protect valuable existing marine resources while developing new ones, by requiring any new aquaculture enterprise to ensure that our marine environment is fully protected and that locally farmed fish is processed locally.
  • Support a transition from open pen aquaculture to land-based.
  • Create and protect forestry jobs by diversifying domestic and export markets and implementing a sustainable forest management strategy, with a science-based review of the forest ecosystem management regulations for harvesting and silviculture to ensure biodiversity is upheld.

Liberal

Immigration

  • Triple the provincial immigration target from 1700 to 5100 newcomers per year by 2026, aligning with federal immigration targets.
  • Collaborate with the federal government to add more categories aimed at addressing specific labour market shortages in the province.
  • Expand opportunities for, and further nurture a sense of belonging among, newcomers to the province.
  • Develop a Remote Workers Pilot Project to increase long-term stays in and relocations to the province.

Progressive Conservative

Immigration.

  • Develop a strategy for population growth spanning 2021-2025 focused on workforce development, families, communities, and immigration.
  • Work to attract and retain more immigrants as a province.
  • Expand settlement assistance.
  • Tailor specific regional immigration strategies to pair them with labour market needs.
  • Review and enhance programs promoting the immigration of entrepreneurs and proactively market these programs internationally.
  • Establish a graduate retention program to provide a tax credit to a maximum of $20,000 for post-secondary graduates who choose to work in-province.
  • Extend MCP coverage for international students for 12 months after graduation, while they are actively looking for employment.
  • Review and address the financial barriers discouraging families from growing.
  • Develop cost-effective options to increase access to in-vitro fertilization with the objective of establishing an in-vitro fertilization clinic in the province.
  • Use the immigrant investor program to attract new investment capital and by working with private businesses within the province on a partnership basis.

NDP

Immigration

  • Boost investment in programs, including language training for non-permanent residents, enhanced employment opportunities, community supports for newcomers, and diversity training and education for workplaces, schools, and the general public.

Liberal

Education and Childcare

  • Work with teachers to introduce comprehensive new computer science programming to allow K-12 students to access leading technology education.
  • Provide comprehensive technology opportunities to students, with introductory modules in primary school and high school courses to prepare students for a career in the technology sector.
  • Expand entrepreneurship in the province by creating a focus on entrepreneurship and new business creation in schools, Memorial University, and CNA.
  • Continue to work with the early learning and child care sector to expand on affordability for families and continue to increase the number of regulated spaces.
  • Work with stakeholders at Memorial University to enhance teacher training in restorative justice principles.
  • Ensure that health teachers are provided access to quality training and professional development to guarantee that students have the best opportunity to learn how to live a healthy, rewarding life.

Progressive Conservative

Education and Childcare

  • Retain and attract students with some of the most competitive post-secondary tuition fees and student aid programs in Canada.
  • Ensure that post-secondary programming is available to students of all regions of the province.
  • Extend MCP coverage for international students for 12 months after graduation, while they are actively looking for employment.
  • Review training, legislation, and regulations for training institutions to ensure labour market-driven programming with consistent guidelines that maintain high standards.
  • Work with public and private training institutions to promote opportunities for those underrepresented in various fields of study, training and work.
  • Ensure that the province graduates and attracts sufficient computer science professionals to meet the growing need.
  • Ensure that the public education system is adequately funded and resourced.
  • Improve class sizes and ensure an immediate and independent review of the Teacher Allocation Model.
  • Commit to provide adequate human resources to improve educational opportunities for children with special needs.
  • Improve students' access to assistance and support from school counsellors, mental health professionals, and related personnel.
  • Ensure that teaching personnel are hired earlier in the school year rather than after other provinces' job fairs.
  • Review the senior high school curriculum to ensure courses are relevant and promote critical thinking, problem solving, financial literacy, programming skills, civic participation, and decision-making skills.
  • Develop the necessary programs to ensure students master reading, writing, mathematics, and mental health curriculum.
  • Enhance blended learning, using technology and experiential learning to enrich students.
  • Work to ensure that all students have reliable internet access for online learning.
  • Modernize health teacher resources and work towards ensuring quality daily physical education.
  • Provide training in American Sign Language to teachers and classmates of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Release a five-year education infrastructure plan.
  • Ensure that Francophone education in the province has the necessary infrastructure resources.
  • Revisit the specifications for new schools in light of COVID-19 and in preparation for future virus outbreaks.
  • Revisit the specifications for new schools to provide space for early childhood education.
  • Explore utilizing schools where possible as year-round community centres, making them available for early childhood education, non-profits, and other social supportive programming.
  • Develop provincial public libraries to act as lifelong learning centres.
  • Develop a new policy on school busing within 1.6 kilometres of school.
  • Establish a panel of early childhood education operators and care providers and meet regularly to ensure proper consultation informs all decisions.
  • Commit to a $25-a-day early childhood education while working with the federal government to introduce a universal publicly funded early childhood education program that addresses quality, affordability, capacity and fair wages, commencing with a three-year bilateral agreement.
  • Implement an improved rate for home-based early childhood education.
  • Ensure early childhood education subsidies are provided to operators in a more streamlined and timely manner.
  • Reduce wait lists at College of the North Atlantic to train early childhood education providers.
  • Explore opportunities to enable early childhood educators to attain Levels I to III certification more easily.
  • Ensure student parents continue to receive child care benefits between academic semesters.
  • Assist infant and early childhood education spaces by offsetting the costs of undertaking necessary home modifications to upgrade from non-regulated status to regulated status.

NDP

Education and Childcare

  • Implement a $25-a-day public universal childcare system.
  • Continue the current tuition freeze at post-secondary institutions and work to progressively reduce tuition fees.
  • Reinstate the full needs-based grants program and ensure that the College of the North Atlantic and Memorial University are properly funded.
  • Establish a grant program supporting graduate and post-doctoral studies and research important to the economic development of the province.
  • Work with the NLTA to review the teacher allocation model and provide enough teachers to reduce the number of combined grades and multi-grade classrooms, and provide the classroom supports that students need to succeed.
  • Provide support for students to learn coding in the classroom and partner with teachers, not-for-profit organizations and technology companies to implement and develop appropriate school curriculum and extracurricular activities.

Liberal

Equity and Social Justice

  • Prioritize the efforts of the interdepartmental working group focusing on provincial monuments and observances.
  • Establish an inquiry into the experiences and treatment of children in the child protection system in the province.
  • Collaborate with Indigenous groups to ensure all elected representatives, their staff members and public servants will receive training on Indigenous perspectives.
  • Update the coat of arms and rewrite the description to more accurately represent the peoples and cultures of the modern day province.
  • Ensure that gender-based plus analysis is integrated into all policies and proposals.
  • Work with all stakeholders to ensure equitable access to services and opportunities for people with disabilities.

Progressive Conservative

Equity and Social Justice

  • Honour those whose stories have been told through the Truth and Reconciliation process and respect the recommendations that this process has brought forward.
  • Honour those whose stories have been told through the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
  • Work with the federal government to implement the recommendations and empower Indigenous women and girls to reach their full potential and become leaders in the province.
  • Adopt a policy of zero tolerance for racism and work with Indigenous communities to address institutionalized racism in the province.
  • Apologize to Indigenous communities, families, and individuals whose lives were severely impacted during the years of the residential school system.
  • Respect agreements and work cooperatively with Indigenous communities as they pursue their goals.
  • Work with the federal government, Indigenous organizations and governments, and Memorial University to create effective support for Indigenous languages in the province.
  • Explore opportunities to engage Indigenous communities, educators, the Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation, and others in promoting education on Indigenous cultures, languages and history to students in schools throughout the province.
  • Work with Memorial University to develop specialized undergraduate and graduate courses and programming for Indigenous leadership, business and entrepreneurship development.
  • Work with the Nunatsiavut Government to transfer Inuit child protection services.
  • Work with the Innu Nation to provide a greater level of cultural supports to children in care.
  • Call a public inquiry into the treatment of Innu children in care and take action to implement the recommendations of the inquiry.
  • Work with Indigenous leaders to ensure values, knowledge and cultural practices are integrated in all policies as well as planning and services for Indigenous children and youth.
  • Return the Status of Women portfolio to a standalone ministry with a full-time dedicated minister of the Crown who will play a powerful role in government by taking the lead in cabinet on gender-based issues.
  • Affirm that advancing women's equality in all aspects of life will advance society.
  • Immediately work to improve the economic status of women in the province by developing pay equity legislation.
  • Enhance the representation of women in public service leadership positions by supporting gender parity in all appointments to Boards, Agencies, and Commissions, as well as Executive positions.
  • Ensure that "gender-based analysis plus" policy tools are applied in all government decision-making.
  • Collaborate with women's equality-seeking advocates to strengthen relationships and increase their role in public policy development.
  • Collaborate with the Provincial Action Network on the Status of Women and other equality-seeking and anti-violence advocates to implement a feminist, gender-based response to COVID-19, and ensure the review of the province's pandemic response has a gender lens.
  • Require a local benefits policy when public funds are spent on infrastructure.
  • Ensure underrepresented groups such as women get a percentage of work on public infrastructure projects.
  • Explore options to promote better representation of women, Indigenous communities and minorities among members elected to the House of Assembly.

NDP

Equity and Social Justice

  • Expand pay equity legislation to include pay equity provisions to address the continuing gender wage gap.
  • Review existing labour laws with the goal of making them fair and relevant for today's workplace.
  • Enact strong legislation to ensure that the collective bargaining process is respected, including the right to strike, and that every effort is make to ensure good faith bargaining.
  • Maintain bargaining rights related to contracted work even if the third-party provider changes, and change labour law to reflect that.
  • Reinstate legislation for card-based union certification, to protect worker's rights to join a union.
  • Create a separate safety regulator to oversee both worker safety and environmental protection.
  • Bring in pension insurance legislation to protect private pensions in the event of a company's bankruptcy.
  • Enhance funding for Women's Centres.
  • Legislate domestic violence leave policies in workplaces, improve resources and training for police investigating sexual assault, and let those in the field advise on the next steps to take.
  • Commit to developing and enacting an Accessible NL Act.
  • Commit to creating a Disability Advocate position.
  • Re-examine the 1981 exemptions to the Building Accessibility Act.
  • Require adherence to Universal Design principles for public buildings, and discussing their inclusion in housing codes.
  • Increase the number of educational assistants, counsellors and social workers in schools.
  • Resource a more proactive school-to-work transition.
  • Ensure the availability of sign language interpretation.
  • Establish a granting program to assist non-governmental organizations seeking equity for people of differing abilities.
  • Support the federal NDP initiative for a guaranteed income program for persons with disabilities.
  • Work with community organizations to develop inclusive transitions programming for graduating youth with intellectual disabilities and work with those in the inclusive educations system to ensure transitions planning is adequately resourced in line with other Canadian jurisdictions.
  • Form a task force to determine and prioritize the best ways to quickly eliminate systemic racism in government and in the province.
  • Review provincial public service hiring policies to enshrine employment equity, and strengthen labour laws to ensure diverse and equitable hiring.
  • Make the name of the June 24 provincial holiday to be more respectful and representative of the people of the province, in consultation with Indigenous leaders and groups in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Work in partnership with Indigenous women, the families of missing and murdered women, and communities to implement the calls for justice in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
  • Enshrine the rights of Indigenous Persons in legislation.
  • Improve access to mental health and addictions treatments.
  • Work with Elders of Indigenous communities to develop and to support Indigenous-led culturally-based language, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and physical development in regulated care spaces and reinstate the Day Home Operating grant to support Indigenous Regulated Care Programs.
  • Advance the rights of Indigenous children and disavow practices rooted in colonialism.
  • Add gender and other diversity to criteria for appointments to agencies, boards, and commissions.

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Liberal

Healthcare

  • Continue the work of the Health Accord NL which aims to implement value-based healthcare
  • Introduce a Promoting Physical Activity tax credit to encourage individuals and families to attend fitness classes, practice yoga, and enroll their children in sports programs.
  • Implement a broader Promoting Physical Activity initiative with targeted outreach and social support to ensure accessibility of physical activity.
  • Expand access to healthcare in rural and remote regions of the province through investments in eHealth/telemedicine infrastructure, including mental health and pharmacy services.
  • Invest in technology and IT training to enable digital healthcare service delivery.
  • Reinvest cost savings from the service delivery shift into expanded subsidies for rural and remote residents to travel for specialized healthcare that cannot be offered digitally.
  • Support the ongoing research and continued development of the Bridge the gApp site, which provides online access to mental health services.
  • Work with the federal government's allocation of $1 billion for long-term care improvements and develop best practices for long-term care.
  • Explore innovative approaches to long-term care such as public long-term care insurance.
  • Continue construction of the replacement for Waterford Hospital with a 240,000 square foot, six-storey, 102-bed mental health and addictions hospital.
  • Replace the Agnes Cowan Hostel with a new 60-bed hostel.
  • Continue construction on the new Corner Brook hospital project with an expanded cancer care centre and PET scanner.
  • Expand the Medical Transportation Assistance Program by reducing the private vehicle deductible from 1500 km to 500 km by April 2021 and enabling a $25 per night private accommodation rate and $29 per day meal allowance.
  • Increase the number of Personal Care Attendants and Licensed Practical Nurses within a year.
  • Provide period products free of charge in schools to people who need them.
  • Increase access to fertility treatments, working with stakeholders to enable IVF services.
  • Provide funding to eligible Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who must travel to out-of-province fertility clinics.


Progressive Conservative

Healthcare

  • Perform point-of-entry testing at border access points to alleviate the burden on rotational workers and allow the economy to safely reopen sooner.
  • Ensure that people get vaccinations in as timely a manner as possible.
  • Remain vigilant so that infection does not take hold again.
  • Address the mental health needs of citizens who have been severely impacted by the pandemic and measures to combat it.
  • Minimize disruptions to non-Covid health care so patients can access the care they require in a timely manner.
  • Work to increase access to personal protective equipment.
  • Review the response to the COVID-19 crisis to learn lessons.
  • Create a province-wide program of primary health care teams.
  • Ensure that these teams are where: patients receive comprehensive care; family physicians can transition away from solo practice to team practice; nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and other providers can be connected and integrated with family doctors in team structures; patients can have continuous relationships with their own most responsible provider; progress made in electronic medical records and virtual care can be harvested for integrated team care; the focus can shift to wellness and disease prevention.
  • Reduce the proportion of unattached patients in the province to 5 per cent.
  • Retain 75 per cent of the Memorial medical graduates who pursue family medicine.
  • Implement a healthcare team model that will provide residents with access to family doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, and dieticians.
  • Work collaboratively with the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurse Practitioner Association to create new full-time permanent positions for nurse practitioners in communities needing them.
  • Ensure that all health care professionals are able to practice at their full scope of professional practice.
  • Ensure that health care teams offer after-hour and weekend clinics as well as virtual care.
  • Modernize the medical fee structures so they are flexible enough to cover innovative arrangements for service delivery by multidisciplinary health care teams.
  • Work with communities, doctors, and the NLMA to focus on the recruitment of family doctors.
  • Ensure that health care teams will be able to use the Electronic Medical Record to improve the flow of information among health care providers
  • Ensure that patients have better access to their own medical record by working with the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information.
  • Maximize the implementation of electronic tools to remind patients of appointments.
  • Further expand the use of virtual care technologies that allow patients to access appropriate care in any region of the province.
  • Ensure supports are in place to help those who do not use technology to continue to access appropriate care in-person.
  • Change the Medical Transportation Assistance Plan to allow 100 per cent reimbursement of travel for people who must travel for medical reasons outside their region.
  • Investigate opportunities to create a routine air ambulance service designed to increase the quality of patient care.
  • Work with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Midwives to increase access to midwifery in the province.
  • Develop a public registry of all Automated External Defibrillators in the province so that in the case of an emergency 911 dispatch operators and the public can locate the closest AED.
  • Remove the age cap and ensure Medicare covers the costs of insulin pumps for all persons with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.
  • Optimize access to dialysis with a focus on home dialysis throughout the province.
  • Deliver a PET scanner to the Corner Brook Regional Hospital when it opens.
  • Reinstate 24-hour emergency room coverage at the Dr. Hugh Twomey Health Centre in Botwood.
  • Cancel any planned reduction in laboratory services at the Central Newfoundland Hospital in Grand Falls-Windsor.
  • Develop a Cardiac Centre of Excellence to make the province a leader in cardiac care.
  • Develop cost-effective options to increase access to in-vitro fertilization with the objective of establishing an in-vitro fertilization clinic in-province.
  • Increase the availability of dental coverage for seniors and other low-income adults.
  • Educate health care providers and patients about the appropriateness of various tests, procedures and treatments to minimize waste and harm in the health care system.
  • Consult with public sector unions, frontline workers, and health care advocates on all health care reforms.
  • Appoint a Chief Wellness Officer to find ways to make citizens healthier so they need less care, have healthier lives, and incur less cost.
  • Promote healthy living starting in school.
  • Focus on the social determinants of health and poverty reduction as a wellness strategy.
  • Improve the delivery of safe, potable drinking water, with a systematic review of boil-order advisories across the province.
  • Improve access to mental health care and addictions treatment as per the recommendations of the report of the all-party committee on mental health and addictions.
  • Ensure that the mental health and addictions care of inmates in correctional facilities reflects the recommendations of the Jesso report on inmate deaths.
  • Work with all stakeholders to implement a youth mental health and addictions strategy, with a particular focus on the issue of youth suicide.
  • Ensure that seniors can stay in their own homes and own communities as long as possible.
  • Conduct a review of the current availability of long-term care homes to ensure that there are adequate facilities in place to meet the needs of the residents of the province.
  • Review long-term care access in the Stephenville-Port au Port region.
  • Conduct a staffing level review of all nursing homes to ensure the appropriate number of health professionals is available to care for residents.

  • Develop a community residential hospice/end-of-life care model and complete the Lionel Kelland Hospice in Grand Falls-Windsor.
  • Ensure seniors have the right to choose the care they want.
  • Consider an increase to the Personal Care Home Subsidy rate.
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NDP

Healthcare

  • Identify a plan ensuring all residents can access a doctor, nurse practitioner or primary health care team when they need it.
  • Ensure that there are recruitment staffing strategies in place to make the workplace better and eliminate 24-hour shifts.
  • Prevent the privatization of Long Term Care facilities .
  • Reach the national goal of four hours for every resident for personal care and nursing care daily.
  • Develop a full homecare system that lets people stay in their homes and communities.
  • Work to ensure that affordable medicines for all are part of the Canada Health Act.
  • Commit to a senior's dental program as a first step toward reaching universal dental care.
  • Determine appropriate levels of coverage and commit the necessary resources to ensure ambulance services and a medical transportation program that work for all citizens.
  • Raise the MTAP reimbursement level from $500 to $1000 and stop forcing families to pay first and wait for reimbursement.
  • Implement an NDP crisis preparedness plan that would include public health officials, health care unions and other experts to ensure that there is adequate up to date and appropriate personal protective equipment immediately available for everyone who needs it, as well as allow working people to have paid sick days.
  • Complete the outstanding recommendations of the Towards Recovery report.

Liberal

Poverty and Community Safety

  • Develop social infrastructure to allow community organizations to grow.
  • Request proposals to create an incubator and accelerator to maximize social and economic impacts from community growth.
  • Review existing actions related to housing and food insecurity and poverty reduction.
  • Increase the minimum wage in accordance with the consumer price index and renew discussions with other Atlantic provinces to consider establishing a harmonized minimum wage.
  • Seek out proposals for construction of a new penitentiary, to be completed by 2024-2025.
  • Develop an intergenerational program guide to aid increased interaction between youth and older adults.
  • Advance to Phase III of the cell service and broadband expansion program and complete the establishment of a province-wide public safety radio program.
  • Increase provincial food security to 20 percent by 2022.
  • Increase support for community gardens by increasing the non-repayable grant amount from up to $500 to up to $750 for the 2021-22 growing season.
  • Incentivize communities to explore regionalization and share services.
  • Introduce modern municipal legislation.

Progressive Conservative

Poverty and Community Safety

  • Require a local benefits policy when public funds are spent on infrastructure, including a focus on underrepresented groups such as women, Indigenous persons and apprentices.
  • Require a percentage of new hires on publicly funded projects to be apprentices.
  • Use provincial leverage to ensure underrepresented groups such as women get a percentage of work on public infrastructure projects.
  • Promote local products and businesses, encouraging residents to buy local while also showcasing these businesses abroad.
  • Purchase goods, services, and construction work from provincial suppliers whenever possible.
  • Expand supply chains that support all economic development so provincial people are the principal beneficiaries of all provincial resources.
  • Develop a new, long-term violence prevention strategy based on evidence and best practices.
  • Increase support for community-based organizations to assist survivors of violence.
  • Collaborate with Indigenous organizations and governments to support the development and implementation of long-term, culturally appropriate solutions to violence against Indigenous women and children.
  • Collaborate with the Provincial Action Network on the Status of Women, Indigenous women's organizations, survivors of violence and other partners to establish a task force to examine the issues of intimate partner and family violence and develop an action plan.
  • Advance family violence intervention courts based on task force recommendations.
  • Work with sexual assault nurse examiners to explore opportunities to improve public access.
  • Work with the Seniors' Advocate on strategies to protect vulnerable seniors by addressing violence, abuse, exploitation, and consumer protection, particularly in relation to marketing fraud.
  • Develop a new poverty reduction strategy to help improve the well-being and quality of life of those who are now living in poverty.
  • Provide regular, reasonable increases to the minimum wage by linking it to the Consumer Price Index.
  • Create a new strategy for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in collaboration with non-profit and community organizations.
  • Work with organizations whose mandate focuses on the issue of housing and homelessness to implement and support plans.
  • Bring forward the strictest anti-corruption legislation in Canada, imposing tough penalties on those who violate the public trust and requiring ministers to step aside when such matters put their actions under review.
  • Require the disclosure of key shareholders in numbered companies that benefit from public funding.
  • Create a safe and respectful workplace for all public service workers.
  • Introduce cultural sensitivity training for all members of the public service.
  • Advance electoral and legislature reform through an all-party process that includes advocates and experts in democratic reform.

NDP

Poverty and Community Safety

  • Increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, with an aim toward making it a living wage through regular increases.
  • Invest in the creation of more affordable and accessible seniors' housing units.
  • Create new portable rental supplements.
  • Increase funding to the Provincial Home Repair program.
  • Develop and implement an aggressive, comprehensive plan for food security and to address poverty and hunger.
  • Reinstate the all-party committee on basic income in Newfoundland and Labrador and continue to work with anti-poverty experts and colleagues in Ottawa to explore how best to alleviate poverty in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Stop the CERB clawbacks from families on income support.
  • Re-open the Labrador Affairs Office.
  • Develop food policy that includes the northern context, and recognizes the right to food for Indigenous Peoples.
  • Repair the tax system to better support public services.
  • Explore alternative revenue sources such as a wealth tax and encourage the federal government to close offshore tax havens.
  • Introduce legislation allowing municipal governments to hold democratic elections every four years using voting methods appropriate to the community.

Liberal

Economy

  • Engage in broad consultations with stakeholders and the general public based upon the results of the Premier's Economic Recovery Team report, due in final form by April 30th, 2021.
  • Hire a Chief Economic Recovery Officer to oversee growth in the provincial economy.
  • Work with the federal government to ensure that ratepayers do not bear the cost of the Muskrat Falls project and identify opportunities for Newfoundland to become the battery that powers the Eastern Seaboard.
  • Continue to collaborate with the federal government toward exploring a fixed link between Labrador and the Island of Newfoundland
  • Commit to responsible debt management including best practices, debt consolidation, and rolling over expensive debt from past years to more affordable arrangements.
  • Require contractor responses to government infrastructure requests for proposals to demonstrate a commitment to hiring workers based in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Require contractor responses to demonstrate a commitment to hiring women, Indigenous Peoples, and other local workers underrepresented in the workforce on government infrastructure projects, as well as a commitment to hiring and mentoring apprentices.
  • Continue commitment to education and skills development.
  • Commit to procuring goods and services for infrastructure projects from local firms when possible.
  • Create InvestNL, a one-stop trade desk for investors to access opportunities in the province.
  • Create "NL 2030", a roadmap for research and development activity in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Create partnerships, synergies and network effects that will propel the province's technology sector forward.
  • Develop shared work space, networking initiatives, investment and incubation services, and research and mentorship for the tech industry.

  • Use public challenges like hackathons to incentivize the creation of new businesses and products to create specific tech solutions for key industries.
  • Promote creative and cultural industries as a priority growth area.
  • Create an Advisory Council on Creative and Cultural Industries to advise the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation on how best to grow creative and cultural industries.
  • Increase promotion of opportunities through the development of a digital portal called "CreateNL" that will produce tourism videos and other marketing materials targeting artists and creators across Canada and globally.
  • Work to create an incentivized immigration pathway for artists to choose the province as a home base for creative production.
  • Invest in modernizing arts and cultural infrastructure, including equity and tax credit programs.

Progressive Conservative

Economy

  • Cut red tape and create tax credits to assist employers with hiring.
  • Kickstart resources projects and value-added production.
  • Maximize local benefits and partner to grow outside markets.
  • Embrace the green economy and fuel high-tech jobs with venture capital,
  • Tackle corruption that scares away investors.
  • Demand a targeted jobs and growth strategy from the federal government.
  • Fight for a new fiscal arrangement with the federal government that recognizes the province's geography and the cost of servicing residents.
  • Renegotiate the equalization formula and sue the federal government if it does not negotiate a fair deal.
  • Request the federal government to come to the table with a joint federal/provincial recovery plan to address population decline.
  • Demand a greater share of all federal-provincial funding agreements.
  • Demand the federal government take an equity stake in the Muskrat Falls development project.
  • Fight for a rate mitigation plan that keeps electricity rates stable, predictable, and affordable.
  • In accordance with the Lower Churchill project and the majority green makeup of the Newfoundland and Labrador electrical grid, demand that the federal government opt the province out of the carbon tax.
  • Ensure that the Atlantic Accord commitments are upheld.
  • Partner with Noia and CAPP to seek support from the federal government for oil exploration incentives.
  • Seek federal support for the development of West White Rose and Bay du Nord, and ensure the work on the Terra Nova FPSO takes place in-province.
  • Demand that the federal Canada Hibernia Holding Company be headquartered in-province.
  • Slash red tape by implementing an aggressive Red Tape Reduction Strategy and adopting a "customer service culture" to set customer service benchmarks and report on government performance. All forms will be place online and forms that require annual filing will be 'pre-populated' to speed up the process.
  • Launch a business navigator service to help employers find necessary information on regulations.
  • Establish a remote workers pilot project to attract people who can live in Newfoundland and work remotely globally.
  • Ensure innovation and business supports are available in all regions throughout the province.
  • Create a $10 million venture capital fund to provide a Venture Capital Tax Credit to help companies expand their presence in the province and expand exports.
  • View every government policy through a job creation lens to ensure a whole-of-government approach to job creation.
  • Regularly meet with investors, business leaders, labour leaders and communities for feedback and recommendations.
  • Identify local prospects for development and growth.
  • Provide secure digital access to common governmental services on an array of devices and introduce digital signature legislation to allow for binding digital transactions and agreements.
  • Ensure 98% internet connectivity to all residents by 2025.
  • Enact a hiring tax credit to allow businesses to hire more people.
  • Invest a portion of income tax paid by new hires back into the business that hires them.
  • Reduce payroll tax on full-time employees over time to encourage business owners to hire more and focus on full-time employment over part-time work.
  • Provide a relocation tax credit to those who relocate to the province to accept a new job in targeted growth sectors.
  • Perform a cost/benefit analysis of all taxes and fees and eliminate any inefficiencies.
  • Advocate for a review of the federal northern residents deduction (tax exemption) as it applies to the province.
  • Develop tax credits to support the work of artists, writers and other cultural producers.
  • Consult with the tourism industry on taxes, fees and levies to ensure the cost burden does not undermine the growth of the tourism economy.
  • Review the mining royalties and taxation regime.
  • Provide regular, reasonable increases to the minimum wage by linking it to the consumer price index.
  • Put into action an assertive air access strategy designed to expand routes serving airports in the province.
  • Ensure Newfoundland and Labrador remains a world leader and standard setter in marketing in digital, social, broadcast and print media.
  • Work with the tourism industry to capture a greater share of the post-pandemic global tourism market.
  • Encourage citizens to explore their own province by targeting local consumers with "vacation at home" marketing and working with the industry to develop more vacation packages for provincial residents.
  • Conduct an in-depth review of existing regulations to identify solutions that will ensure a fair and equitable business environment for tourism service providers.
  • Consult with the tourism industry on taxes, fees and levies to ensure that the cost burden does not undermine the growth of the tourism economy.
  • Expedite the process for registering, listing and accessing attractions in the province's tourism book and on tourism websites and digital listings.
  • Develop a provincial network of world-class digital supports for tourists and operators.
  • Collaborate with tourism stakeholders to achieve world-class standards and consistent quality in accommodations, food service and visitor information.
  • Develop tax credits to support the work of artists, writers and other cultural producers.
  • Invest to grow authentic attractions in the province, and assist them in securing funding from ACOA and other sources.
  • Look into opening the Colonial Building as a showpiece of the province's political, constitutional, and cultural history.
  • Work with Municipalities NL to develop a new progressive tax regime for communities.
  • Pursue a multiyear planning approach for infrastructure, including an assessment of existing infrastructure throughout the province and a plan to maintain it and replace it as necessary.
  • Review best practices to ensure that new builds are efficient in terms of cost of heating the building and the environmental impact of emissions.
  • Invigorate municipal governance through a stronger and more productive partnership with Municipalities NL.
  • Develop a broader accountability framework to ensure new funding for municipalities supports investments in priority service areas.
  • Facilitate and support the regional sharing of services among municipalities that choose to collaborate.
  • Use the Lands Act to create reserves that will assist municipalities in acquiring Crown lands at market value in a phased approach for development.

NDP

Economy

  • Increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, with an aim toward making it a living wage through regular increases.
  • Remove the provincial sales tax on menstrual products.
  • Reinstate the Home Heating Fuel Rebate.
  • Keep electricity rates affordable at 13 cents per kilowatt hour.
  • Create a "Good Jobs For All" strategy that brings experts to the table to create a labour market strategy that works for everyone, grows the economy, and makes the province into one where people want to live and work.
  • Invest in a strong public sector and quality public services, with a clear plan with strategic investments in physical and social infrastructure, including green infrastructure.
  • Facilitate and encourage private sector investment in the green economy and help workers transition into the jobs of the future.
  • Target alternative energy and conservation, including building retrofits.
  • Encourage and support locally-owned businesses and a "buy local" campaign.
  • Commit to a diversified economy that respects the environment and builds a better future for citizens.
  • Lobby the federal government to return to Newfoundland and Labrador the 8.5% share of Hibernia oil returns held by the federal government.
  • Invest in public infrastructure to preserve it and to create jobs.
  • Eliminate the small business tax.
  • Increase the Arts NL grant to $5 million to support necessary arts creation and development work, and work to find creative and productive ways to keep the arts community employed.
  • Create a Tourism and Culture Task Force to bring together small and large operators, municipal representatives, cultural organizations, not-for-profits, and labour.
  • Establish a new provincial-municipal partnership to explore regional approaches to municipal government, increasing the local tax base and ensuring needed public services.
  • Develop a comprehensive Rural Revitalization Plan to help municipalities navigate issues in order to find regionally specific solutions.
  • Create a framework for regional services to maintain drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Work with industry and governments to invest more in charging stations across the province.
  • Invest in broadband and cellular infrastructure and expand access to rural and remote regions of the province.
  • Complete the Trans Labrador Highway and ensure ferry service works for the people of Labrador.
  • Work with all levels of government to develop regional fully accessible public transit systems across the province including ferries which will provide affordable access to work and education, stimulate the economy, and reduce congestion and pollution.
  • Ensure that all existing public-private partnerships are made open and transparent.

Liberal

Natural Resources

  • Support the development of a multi-species aquaculture strategy.
  • Ensure that the growth of the aquaculture industry is inclusive and creates economic opportunities for all gender and Indigenous entrepreneurs.
  • Support investment to grow the value and volume of exports by processing and manufacturing opportunities within Newfoundland.
  • Invest in the expansion of secondary processing and support research & development into new manufacturing processes and products from waste materials and byproducts.
  • Grow the wild caught fishery as a key industry, collaborating with the technology sector and creating inclusive opportunities for Indigenous peoples, women and young people looking to enter the fishery.
  • Engage with the Fisheries Advisory Council to guide the fishery through immediate challenges and creating a plan for a world class, modern fishery.
  • Work with the private sector to identify key clean growth industries, and build on existing competencies in these sectors.
  • Engage with investors globally to promote Newfoundland and Labrador as the global destination of choice for green investment.
  • Allocate $50 million to the COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Fund to further support industries and jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador that continue to be impacted by the ongoing pandemic.
  • Continue with the accelerated exploration initiative to provide companies with the incentive to drill more oil wells in the best prospects.
  • Continue to support exploration and innovation in order to realize the potential of the mining sector in a productive, sustainable manner.

Progressive Conservative

Natural Resources

  • Demand joint management of fisheries.
  • Oppose any unilateral federal action on fishing quotas.
  • Demand federal action to facilitate work on West White Rose, Terra Nova and Bay du Nord, and further energy sector exploration.
  • Make provincial equity investments where there are gaps in federal support.
  • Drive growth in the oil and gas sector by exploiting proven developed supply from onstream fields and by exploring and developing new fields.
  • Make natural gas development a priority by investing in a joint feasibility study.
  • Take a "life of field" perspective to oil and gas development, identifying and maximizing local benefits from the outset.
  • Publish a new energy plan to guide renewable and nonrenewable energy development for the next decade, incorporating wind power, tidal energy, and natural gas into future development.
  • Maximize the use of valuable infrastructure such as the Bull Arm fabrication site to support job creation in the province.
  • Support the continuing operation of the Come by Chance oil refiner.
  • Work with remote communities and associated stakeholders to develop and leverage sustainable energy solutions to reduce the reliance on diesel fuel.
  • Work with academic and community stakeholders to develop renewable energy education and training programs.
  • Appoint a committee of experts to plan and find urgent solutions to replace the Churchill Falls contract.
  • Demand the federal government take an equity stake in the Muskrat Falls development project.
  • Aggressively and positively market surplus energy and use the revenue to mitigate rates.
  • Use all options available to ensure that the province gets the best value from the electricity produced in the province.
  • Ensure that Quebec does not benefit at Newfoundland and Labrador's expense from the Atlantic Loop or any other energy program.
  • Promote the development of enterprises that capitalize on green employment and business start-up opportunities.
  • Work towards remediation of orphaned and abandoned mines.
  • Develop opportunities to better use local recyclables and waste in-province.
  • Double the investment in Conservation Corps Green Teams to clean up waste, and provide a post-secondary tax credit for team members.
  • Develop policy to remove ghost nets and other plastic debris from Newfoundland and Labrador waters.
  • Ensure that the province does its fair share to meet Canada's net-zero GHG emission targets.
  • Promote the benefits of hydroelectricity in making the province 98% green in electricity generation and market electricity nationally and internationally as a green alternative to coal.
  • Work with stakeholders to make clean hydro power available to supply vessels and other ships in port.
  • Power offshore rigs with hydroelectricity or wind power where possible.
  • Promote provincial petroleum products as a greener alternative to oil produced elsewhere in the global community.
  • Work with remote communities and associated stakeholders to develop and leverage sustainable energy solutions to fuel sustainable natural resource activities.
  • Explore using biofuels to reduce the province's GHG emissions.
  • Promote the use of electric vehicles and help to increase access to charging stations.
  • Review best practices to ensure that new builds are efficient in terms of cost of heating the building and the environmental impact of emissions.
  • Support job-creating improvements to the buildings, roads and other infrastructure that are most susceptible to the effects of climate change.
  • Actively promote the province's wealth of undeveloped mineral resources, including valuable rare earth elements.
  • Incentivize mining exploration through tax credits to accelerate activity and provide jobs.
  • Review the Mining Act and the Minerals Act and the regulatory regime to expedite development.
  • Proactively assist shovel-ready mining projects to progress from planning to operation, in order to accelerate growth and job creation in the mining industry.
  • Develop training opportunities and prepare and promote careers in the mining industry.
  • Expand the service and supply industry to compete for local, national, and international mining opportunities.
  • Demand joint management of fisheries.
  • Work with stakeholders across the fishing industry to expand value-added secondary processing of fishing resources.
  • Promote open and fair access to fisheries based on the principles of adjacency and historic usage, including Indigenous access.
  • Empower the Fish Processing Licensing Board to inquire into foreign ownership of fish processing operations and make recommendations.
  • Oppose any unilateral federal action on quotas to remove or redistribute allocations provided to the province.
  • Seek options to curtail the waste of unintended by-catch.
  • Explore options for sustainable market access for all underutilized species.
  • Seek further review on Marine Protection Areas to ensure that communities adjacent to these areas are able to conduct sustainable fishing activities.
  • Ensure that the resources exist to support and market the seal harvest products properly.
  • Protect fish resources from seals and cull the population to save fish stocks if required.
  • Work with forest industry stakeholders to seize new opportunities, including new product development and value-added secondary processing opportunities.
  • Engage the forestry industry and the adjacent communities to implement an ecosystem management strategy.
  • Ensure sustainable forest development, including more intensive replenishment practices and continued vigilance in protecting forests from infestations and fires.
  • Continue to stand by Corner Brook Pulp and Paper.
  • Work with farmers and farm associations to understand and remove barriers to growth in food production and sale for local consumption.
  • Develop a farm loan guarantee program.
  • Restructure granting programs to enable leveraging of private sector venture capital investment.
  • Support new initiatives to expand the agricultural industry, including indoor farming.
  • Work to secure a greater share of the market for organic foods.
  • Support resource sharing among farmers in the province, recognizing that the province has historically failed at resource sharing.
  • Work with the agriculture industry to explore opportunities to increase access to land for agriculture.
  • Partner with agricultural producers, academia, and the research community to improve farm efficiency, product quality, and innovation.
  • Develop a suite of initiatives to attract and support new entrants in the agricultural industry.
  • Work with producers to meet consumer expectations for food safety and high quality in food products.
  • Work to increase the value and marketability of local agricultural products.
  • Promote the local purchase of provincially produced foods.
  • Collaborate with Labradorians to develop a new Northern Strategic Plan for Labrador.
  • Review services and bed availability in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Labrador West to explore ways to reduce the need to travel, reduce wait times, and improve patient care.
  • Take action to increase the availability and affordability of food in Labrador, giving special attention to fresh products and produce.
  • Ensure that Nain has a safe airstrip that can be used 24 hours a day.
  • Work with local stakeholders to explore options to reduce reliance on diesel energy generation.
  • Pursue opportunities to see Labrador recognized nationally and internationally as a Gateway to the North, with proper road routes and sea routes extending beyond Labrador.
  • Press the Government of Canada to acknowledge the importance of raising the quality of the Trans-Labrador Highway to Canadian national highway standards.
  • Undertake a feasability study on a North Coast Highway in order to connect communities, create opportunities for mineral exploration, supplement medical air travel with road travel, serve as a route for food and other goods, and provide a corridor for electrical transmission times that could reduce diesel reliance.
  • Create a Labrador Culture Fund to help remove barriers to developing and sharing Labrador's cultural richness.
  • Commission an independent review of the stability of the North Spur at Muskrat Falls.
  • Direct Nalcor to settle the property damage case arising out of the 2017 flooding of Mud Lake and area.

NDP

Natural Resources

  • Implement an energy efficiency program that offers direct assistance to lower and middle class income households.
  • Develop natural resources in a sustainable manner which ensures that the province is the principal beneficiary for employment and business opportunities.
  • Develop a comprehensive mining plan that includes secondary processing in-province.
  • Bring fisheries into the 21st Century by modernizing regulations, removing barriers to the loan guarantee program, enacting laws prohibiting processing companies from having controlling agreements in the inshore fishery and introducing strict penalties and fines for companies violating those rules.
  • Commit to collecting production information and pricing from processors on all products processed in the province, and make this collective information available to all parties in collective bargaining.
  • Amend the Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act to make a second reconsideration to a pricing decision the law.
  • Protect valuable existing marine resources while developing new ones, by requiring any new aquaculture enterprise to ensure that our marine environment is fully protected and that locally farmed fish is processed locally.
  • Support a transition from open pen aquaculture to land-based.
  • Create and protect forestry jobs by diversifying domestic and export markets and implementing a sustainable forest management strategy, with a science-based review of the forest ecosystem management regulations for harvesting and silviculture to ensure biodiversity is upheld.

Liberal

Immigration

  • Triple the provincial immigration target from 1700 to 5100 newcomers per year by 2026, aligning with federal immigration targets.
  • Collaborate with the federal government to add more categories aimed at addressing specific labour market shortages in the province.
  • Expand opportunities for, and further nurture a sense of belonging among, newcomers to the province.
  • Develop a Remote Workers Pilot Project to increase long-term stays in and relocations to the province.

Progressive Conservative

Immigration.

  • Develop a strategy for population growth spanning 2021-2025 focused on workforce development, families, communities, and immigration.
  • Work to attract and retain more immigrants as a province.
  • Expand settlement assistance.
  • Tailor specific regional immigration strategies to pair them with labour market needs.
  • Review and enhance programs promoting the immigration of entrepreneurs and proactively market these programs internationally.
  • Establish a graduate retention program to provide a tax credit to a maximum of $20,000 for post-secondary graduates who choose to work in-province.
  • Extend MCP coverage for international students for 12 months after graduation, while they are actively looking for employment.
  • Review and address the financial barriers discouraging families from growing.
  • Develop cost-effective options to increase access to in-vitro fertilization with the objective of establishing an in-vitro fertilization clinic in the province.
  • Use the immigrant investor program to attract new investment capital and by working with private businesses within the province on a partnership basis.

NDP

Immigration

  • Boost investment in programs, including language training for non-permanent residents, enhanced employment opportunities, community supports for newcomers, and diversity training and education for workplaces, schools, and the general public.

Liberal

Education and Childcare

  • Work with teachers to introduce comprehensive new computer science programming to allow K-12 students to access leading technology education.
  • Provide comprehensive technology opportunities to students, with introductory modules in primary school and high school courses to prepare students for a career in the technology sector.
  • Expand entrepreneurship in the province by creating a focus on entrepreneurship and new business creation in schools, Memorial University, and CNA.
  • Continue to work with the early learning and child care sector to expand on affordability for families and continue to increase the number of regulated spaces.
  • Work with stakeholders at Memorial University to enhance teacher training in restorative justice principles.
  • Ensure that health teachers are provided access to quality training and professional development to guarantee that students have the best opportunity to learn how to live a healthy, rewarding life.

Progressive Conservative

Education and Childcare

  • Retain and attract students with some of the most competitive post-secondary tuition fees and student aid programs in Canada.
  • Ensure that post-secondary programming is available to students of all regions of the province.
  • Extend MCP coverage for international students for 12 months after graduation, while they are actively looking for employment.
  • Review training, legislation, and regulations for training institutions to ensure labour market-driven programming with consistent guidelines that maintain high standards.
  • Work with public and private training institutions to promote opportunities for those underrepresented in various fields of study, training and work.
  • Ensure that the province graduates and attracts sufficient computer science professionals to meet the growing need.
  • Ensure that the public education system is adequately funded and resourced.
  • Improve class sizes and ensure an immediate and independent review of the Teacher Allocation Model.
  • Commit to provide adequate human resources to improve educational opportunities for children with special needs.
  • Improve students' access to assistance and support from school counsellors, mental health professionals, and related personnel.
  • Ensure that teaching personnel are hired earlier in the school year rather than after other provinces' job fairs.
  • Review the senior high school curriculum to ensure courses are relevant and promote critical thinking, problem solving, financial literacy, programming skills, civic participation, and decision-making skills.
  • Develop the necessary programs to ensure students master reading, writing, mathematics, and mental health curriculum.
  • Enhance blended learning, using technology and experiential learning to enrich students.
  • Work to ensure that all students have reliable internet access for online learning.
  • Modernize health teacher resources and work towards ensuring quality daily physical education.
  • Provide training in American Sign Language to teachers and classmates of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Release a five-year education infrastructure plan.
  • Ensure that Francophone education in the province has the necessary infrastructure resources.
  • Revisit the specifications for new schools in light of COVID-19 and in preparation for future virus outbreaks.
  • Revisit the specifications for new schools to provide space for early childhood education.
  • Explore utilizing schools where possible as year-round community centres, making them available for early childhood education, non-profits, and other social supportive programming.
  • Develop provincial public libraries to act as lifelong learning centres.
  • Develop a new policy on school busing within 1.6 kilometres of school.
  • Establish a panel of early childhood education operators and care providers and meet regularly to ensure proper consultation informs all decisions.
  • Commit to a $25-a-day early childhood education while working with the federal government to introduce a universal publicly funded early childhood education program that addresses quality, affordability, capacity and fair wages, commencing with a three-year bilateral agreement.
  • Implement an improved rate for home-based early childhood education.
  • Ensure early childhood education subsidies are provided to operators in a more streamlined and timely manner.
  • Reduce wait lists at College of the North Atlantic to train early childhood education providers.
  • Explore opportunities to enable early childhood educators to attain Levels I to III certification more easily.
  • Ensure student parents continue to receive child care benefits between academic semesters.
  • Assist infant and early childhood education spaces by offsetting the costs of undertaking necessary home modifications to upgrade from non-regulated status to regulated status.

NDP

Education and Childcare

  • Implement a $25-a-day public universal childcare system.
  • Continue the current tuition freeze at post-secondary institutions and work to progressively reduce tuition fees.
  • Reinstate the full needs-based grants program and ensure that the College of the North Atlantic and Memorial University are properly funded.
  • Establish a grant program supporting graduate and post-doctoral studies and research important to the economic development of the province.
  • Work with the NLTA to review the teacher allocation model and provide enough teachers to reduce the number of combined grades and multi-grade classrooms, and provide the classroom supports that students need to succeed.
  • Provide support for students to learn coding in the classroom and partner with teachers, not-for-profit organizations and technology companies to implement and develop appropriate school curriculum and extracurricular activities.

Liberal

Equity and Social Justice

  • Prioritize the efforts of the interdepartmental working group focusing on provincial monuments and observances.
  • Establish an inquiry into the experiences and treatment of children in the child protection system in the province.
  • Collaborate with Indigenous groups to ensure all elected representatives, their staff members and public servants will receive training on Indigenous perspectives.
  • Update the coat of arms and rewrite the description to more accurately represent the peoples and cultures of the modern day province.
  • Ensure that gender-based plus analysis is integrated into all policies and proposals.
  • Work with all stakeholders to ensure equitable access to services and opportunities for people with disabilities.

Progressive Conservative

Equity and Social Justice

  • Honour those whose stories have been told through the Truth and Reconciliation process and respect the recommendations that this process has brought forward.
  • Honour those whose stories have been told through the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
  • Work with the federal government to implement the recommendations and empower Indigenous women and girls to reach their full potential and become leaders in the province.
  • Adopt a policy of zero tolerance for racism and work with Indigenous communities to address institutionalized racism in the province.
  • Apologize to Indigenous communities, families, and individuals whose lives were severely impacted during the years of the residential school system.
  • Respect agreements and work cooperatively with Indigenous communities as they pursue their goals.
  • Work with the federal government, Indigenous organizations and governments, and Memorial University to create effective support for Indigenous languages in the province.
  • Explore opportunities to engage Indigenous communities, educators, the Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation, and others in promoting education on Indigenous cultures, languages and history to students in schools throughout the province.
  • Work with Memorial University to develop specialized undergraduate and graduate courses and programming for Indigenous leadership, business and entrepreneurship development.
  • Work with the Nunatsiavut Government to transfer Inuit child protection services.
  • Work with the Innu Nation to provide a greater level of cultural supports to children in care.
  • Call a public inquiry into the treatment of Innu children in care and take action to implement the recommendations of the inquiry.
  • Work with Indigenous leaders to ensure values, knowledge and cultural practices are integrated in all policies as well as planning and services for Indigenous children and youth.
  • Return the Status of Women portfolio to a standalone ministry with a full-time dedicated minister of the Crown who will play a powerful role in government by taking the lead in cabinet on gender-based issues.
  • Affirm that advancing women's equality in all aspects of life will advance society.
  • Immediately work to improve the economic status of women in the province by developing pay equity legislation.
  • Enhance the representation of women in public service leadership positions by supporting gender parity in all appointments to Boards, Agencies, and Commissions, as well as Executive positions.
  • Ensure that "gender-based analysis plus" policy tools are applied in all government decision-making.
  • Collaborate with women's equality-seeking advocates to strengthen relationships and increase their role in public policy development.
  • Collaborate with the Provincial Action Network on the Status of Women and other equality-seeking and anti-violence advocates to implement a feminist, gender-based response to COVID-19, and ensure the review of the province's pandemic response has a gender lens.
  • Require a local benefits policy when public funds are spent on infrastructure.
  • Ensure underrepresented groups such as women get a percentage of work on public infrastructure projects.
  • Explore options to promote better representation of women, Indigenous communities and minorities among members elected to the House of Assembly.

NDP

Equity and Social Justice

  • Expand pay equity legislation to include pay equity provisions to address the continuing gender wage gap.
  • Review existing labour laws with the goal of making them fair and relevant for today's workplace.
  • Enact strong legislation to ensure that the collective bargaining process is respected, including the right to strike, and that every effort is make to ensure good faith bargaining.
  • Maintain bargaining rights related to contracted work even if the third-party provider changes, and change labour law to reflect that.
  • Reinstate legislation for card-based union certification, to protect worker's rights to join a union.
  • Create a separate safety regulator to oversee both worker safety and environmental protection.
  • Bring in pension insurance legislation to protect private pensions in the event of a company's bankruptcy.
  • Enhance funding for Women's Centres.
  • Legislate domestic violence leave policies in workplaces, improve resources and training for police investigating sexual assault, and let those in the field advise on the next steps to take.
  • Commit to developing and enacting an Accessible NL Act.
  • Commit to creating a Disability Advocate position.
  • Re-examine the 1981 exemptions to the Building Accessibility Act.
  • Require adherence to Universal Design principles for public buildings, and discussing their inclusion in housing codes.
  • Increase the number of educational assistants, counsellors and social workers in schools.
  • Resource a more proactive school-to-work transition.
  • Ensure the availability of sign language interpretation.
  • Establish a granting program to assist non-governmental organizations seeking equity for people of differing abilities.
  • Support the federal NDP initiative for a guaranteed income program for persons with disabilities.
  • Work with community organizations to develop inclusive transitions programming for graduating youth with intellectual disabilities and work with those in the inclusive educations system to ensure transitions planning is adequately resourced in line with other Canadian jurisdictions.
  • Form a task force to determine and prioritize the best ways to quickly eliminate systemic racism in government and in the province.
  • Review provincial public service hiring policies to enshrine employment equity, and strengthen labour laws to ensure diverse and equitable hiring.
  • Make the name of the June 24 provincial holiday to be more respectful and representative of the people of the province, in consultation with Indigenous leaders and groups in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Work in partnership with Indigenous women, the families of missing and murdered women, and communities to implement the calls for justice in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
  • Enshrine the rights of Indigenous Persons in legislation.
  • Improve access to mental health and addictions treatments.
  • Work with Elders of Indigenous communities to develop and to support Indigenous-led culturally-based language, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and physical development in regulated care spaces and reinstate the Day Home Operating grant to support Indigenous Regulated Care Programs.
  • Advance the rights of Indigenous children and disavow practices rooted in colonialism.
  • Add gender and other diversity to criteria for appointments to agencies, boards, and commissions.