TORONTO — Steven Del Duca, in advance of the Provincial Leaders Debate, signed the Ontario Liberal Affordability Pledge, which commits to making life more affordable for Ontario families.
Under the Ontario Liberal Affordability Pledge, a family with two children living in Scarborough, for example, could save about $50 every workday – on transit, food and child care – with savings only increasing for longer commutes and younger families needing before- and after-school child care. These actions will cut the cost of living by at least $1,000 per month.
“Ontario families are resilient and know how to stretch a dollar,” said Steven Del Duca. “But right now, after two years of living through a pandemic, and the skyrocketing cost of living, they need some help. The Ford Conservative would rather pretend the problem doesn’t exist than give families real relief. So Ontario Liberals will. Our plan will save families $50 or more every workday, cutting the cost of living by at least $1,000 per month.”
The Ontario Liberal Affordability Pledge is a series of initiatives in their platform, A Place to Grow, designed to provide immediate relief to families dealing with the affordability crisis. Commitments include:
- Cut all transit fares to $1 per ride until 2024
- Remove the provincial portion of the HST on all meals under $20
- Make child care discounts retroactive, giving parents an average of $2,750 per child
- Deliver $10 a day before and after school care by September
- Boost Old Age Security by up to $1,000 per year for more eligible seniors
“Four years of Doug Ford has made everything more expensive, and the Ford Conservatives would rather help big box stores than families. And the NDP platform will only make matters worse, increasing costs for households by $965,” continued Del Duca. “I know that Ontario families are strong, but we can – and should – do more to help them and that is what our Liberal plan is all about.”