At a Glance

Mike Schreiner as been the leader of the Green Party since 2009.

Riding

Guelph

Key Constituencies

Progressive and climate conscious voters

Seats

The Green Party currently holds one seat

The Green party’s three main priorities for the upcoming election are: Crushing climate change, restoring water and nature, and succeeding together. Their non-environmental policies consist of implementing a living wage and providing fair taxes for small businesses. The Greens also propose replacing the measurement of gross domestic product with a Canadian index of wellbeing.

Key Issues

Clean Economy

The Green party has set a goal to achieve net zero emissions by 2045.
The focus of the Green Party’s climate strategy will consist of: clean air and good health; green careers in a green economy; and resilient communities that succeed together. To meet its goals, a Green Party government would use a fair-share carbon budgeting strategy for the rest of the century.

There will be incentives for Ontario companies to participate in a zero-carbon economy, with one such instrument being an $25 increase in the per tonne price of carbon every year until 2050. The Greens will replace imported fossil fuels by doubling Ontario’s supply of clean electricity. It will also be a priority to ramp up the transition to electric vehicle manufacturing in Ontario’s auto manufacturing sector, creating jobs, building a strong electric vehicle manufacturing strategy and developing an electric vehicle industry supply chain. To support the purchase of electric vehicles, the Green Party would make electric vehicles more accessible through rebates, rental systems and financing support, as well as establishing EV mandates in some areas. Some of these mandates would be for transit fleets, including public transit, GO buses and trains, and school buses. The Green Party aims to phase out the sale of new gas- and diesel-powered passenger vehicles by 2030.

The adoption of a ‘gas footprint standard’ would aim to reduce the carbon footprint of heating fuel and would slightly reduce pollution caused by burning natural gas. Gas companies would also be given incentives to sell renewable gas at market prices.

Housing

As part of the Green Party’s $5 billion “Green Building” plan, they would create hundreds of thousands of jobs by retrofitting 40% of homes by 2030, and all by 2040. A major part of the Green Party's infrastructure plans involve changing the way we plan development. This strategy would freeze urban boundaries and stop development on farmland, wetland, and forest land while expanding the greenbelt. This strategy will redirect funding away from sprawling infrastructure and encourage the development of clean and compact communities. The Green strategy for affordable homes revolves around connectivity, affordability, and sustainability with a $2 billion per year climate adaptation fund to support municipalities with the development of green and climate-resilient infrastructure. On top of the retrofitting initiative, ultimately extending the lives of all homes, the building of new affordable homes will include 100,000 affordable rental units and short-term rental regulation to protect renters with an approach like the NDP’s. As part of their goal to end chronic homelessness, the Green party would construct 60,000 supportive housing units, uploading the cost to the province. The affordable housing plan would also involve the development of systems designed to make first-time home-buying an easier and more accessible process.

Education

The Green Party has a proposed $65 billion “Safe School” plan designed to provide: better air quality in school, smaller class sizes, vaccination mandates and strengthened COVID-19 related protections for staff and students. Increased testing, tracing, and information sharing will also be part of the plan. The Green party has pledged to end hybrid learning and implement mental health and nutritional support programs.