Liberal Party of Canada Election Policy Planks
Enhance tax measures to generate more investments in cleantech.
Provide more support to SMEs for exporting clean technologies.
Establish the Canada Green Investment Bond to support large- and community- scale renewable energy projects.
Invest $200M per year to create sector-specific strategies that support innovation and clean technologies in the forestry, fisheries, mining, energy, and agricultural sectors.
Invest $100M per year in cleantech producers.
Increase annual funding to the Labour Market Development Agreements with provinces by $500M.
Increase funding to be delivered by the provinces and territories by $200M a year to train workers who are not eligible under the federal program.
Invest $50M in the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS).
Invest $1.3B over three years to create jobs and opportunities for young Canadians.
Renew the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) with $300M in annual funding over three years. Funding for YES would then be set at $385M per year.
Fisheries. Reinstate $40M into federal ocean science and monitoring programs. The funding will be used to ensure the health of fish stocks and support the aquaculture industry.
Double investment in the Canada Council for the Arts to $360M per year and provide $25M in additional funding to Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board.
Increase funding for the Promart and Trade Routes international cultural promotion programs, as well as the Young Canada Works Program.
Conservative Party of Canada Election Policy Planks
Establish a Manufacturing Technology Demonstration Fund to support large, pre-commercial projects in advanced manufacturing. The Fund would have a $100M budget over five years and would provide non-repayable grants. Applicants would need to form partnerships in order to apply: each project would include a larger “anchor” firm, SMEs, and academic sector partner.
Provide $30M in funding over five years to support the creation of a new Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Burlington to encourage the development of cutting-edge products and technologies.
Extend the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit for three years.
Introduce an enhanced 25% Mineral Exploration Tax Credit for Northern and remote projects.
Apprentices. Increase the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC) from $2k to $2.5k per eligible apprentice and extend eligibility to the third and fourth years of apprenticeship training.
Fisheries. Invest $20M over three years to support the Canadian lobster industry.
Job Creation. Aim to create 1.3M new jobs by 2020.
Reduce the small-business tax rate from 11% to 9% by 2019. The cuts would provide about $2.7B in tax relief to about 700k small businesses over the next four years.
Reduce the corporate tax rate from about 22% to 15%.
Quebec. Launch the “Quebec Maritime Prosperity” initiative to support job creation in the St. Lawrence River region.
Industry Associations. Provide $65M over four years to industry associations to work with post-secondary institutions to better align curricula with the needs of employers.
Culture. Create a $15M endowment incentive fund to support local museums. The program, which would see the government match funding from individual donors, would be capped at about $15M per year.
New Democratic Party Election Policy Planks
Manufacturing. Take concrete action to protect and create jobs in the auto and aerospace industries.
Redirect $1B a year from fossil fuel subsidies to invest in the cleantech sector.
Invest in Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), the country’s leading funder for cleantech.
Jobs. Create 54,000 jobs in the construction, manufacturing and transit operation sectors across the country.
Youth. Create opportunities for 40,000 young Canadian through NGO and private sector training partnerships.
Cut the small-business tax rate from 11% to 9%.
Increase corporate taxes from 15% to 17% to raise about $3.7B.
Stock options. Fully tax gains from senior corporate executives exercising their stock options to prevent a tax “loophole” that benefits CEOs and the “wealthiest Canadians”. The change would not affect stock options granted by early-stage companies. (being revised)