Accessibility and Equity

Accessibility and Equity

Accessibility

  • Fully implement the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act by preparing an enforcement plan, allocating resources for enforcement and implementing a public awareness campaign.
  • Provide an accessibility tax incentive for small businesses to help them modify their facilities to accommodate people with disabilities.
  • Promote universal design in provincial planning policy and building codes.
  • Create a fund for ASL interpretation grants for community groups and public events.

Equity

  • Provide supports for racialized groups, LGBTQ+ and those with disabilities in colleges and universities.
  • Support the Pay Transparency to Close the Gender Pay Gap Act, proposed by the Equal Pay Coalition, which would hold employers accountable to the state of the gender pay gap in their workplaces.
  • Ensure midwives achieve pay equity.

Indigenous Rights

  • Provide funding to First Nations to build capacity and support meaningful engagement with government decision making processes.
  • Live out reconciliACTION: making our deeds match our words on righting the wrongs of the past and sharing a peaceful and prosperous future.
  • Respect the principle of NAUWU: “nothing about us without us” as stated by local Indigenous leadership. Always consult. Always listen. Always honour.
  • Find solutions with First Nations for sharing resource revenue, including secondary and tertiary resource revenue, with First Nations.
  • Monitor and provide reports on any current data requested by the National Council for Reconciliation (e.g. data related to gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in key health and economic indicators), so that it can report on the progress towards reconciliation.
  • Work collaboratively with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to identify and collect copies of all records relevant to the history and legacy of the Residential School system, and to provide these to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.
  • Support First Nations repatriation efforts and protection of sacred sites and practices, including Belle Island, so that when archaeologically significant items are discovered, interested parties such as First Nations and archeologists can stop development until consent is granted.
  • Recognize First Nations as equals in land management and establish a co-management stewardship model with Indigenous People for the development of provincial resources. This could include a review of regional resource management structures in cooperation with the First Nations Leadership Council to incorporate First Nations effectively into decision making; and funding to train First Nations people in resource management trades and professions.
  • Reform jury selection procedures in Ontario so that juries are drawn from databases more reflective of the population, moving away from using property assessment data (which systematically excludes people such as those living on First Nations reserves) to instead use OHIP data for the purposes of compiling the jury roll.
  • Determine realistic alternatives to imprisonment and evaluate community sanctions that will provide for Indigenous offenders and respond to the underlying causes of offences.