Green Party of Canada

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Party Platform


People with disabilities


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  • Require that housing developments that receive federal funding must ensure that 30% of all units in each development must be deeply affordable and/or available to people with disabilities and special needs
  • Work to create a Canada Disabilities Act (CDA) to express Canadians’ vision of a more equitable society rather than the current confusion resulting from the multiplicity of acts, standards, policies, and programs that prevail
  • Support a national equipment fund to provide equipment such as wheelchairs and accessibility tools to assist persons with disabilities with the tools needed to fully participate in work and community life
  • Invest in social housing adapted as necessary to meet particular needs, with both rental and purchase options
  • Provide federal health transfer payments to provinces and territories directed to rehabilitation for those who have become disabled, e.g. loss of limbs etc.
  • Enforce the Employment Equity Act to ensure that persons with disabilities have equal opportunity to long-term employment and advancement
  • Institute a Guaranteed Liveable Income for people living with disabilities so that none live in poverty
  • Convert the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) to a refundable credit
  • Redesign the Canada Pension Plan/Disability Benefit (CPP/D) test to incorporate the DTC definition of disability and permit employment

Mental health


Page 51-52

  • Negotiate the Canada Health Accord to prioritize expansion of mental health and rehabilitation services, and call for the inclusion of mental health services as medically necessary  
  • Allocate increased direct federal investment in community-based mental health care  
  • Provide specific funding for early mental health interventions, including social and emotional learning programs, quality and accessible early childhood education, access to community-based mental health services for parents and caregivers, youth peer support programs, mobile youth mental health clinics, etc.
  • Creating housing stock alone will not necessarily meet the needs of those with severe and/or chronic mental health issues. Supportive housing combines access to affordable units with intensive coordinated services. It would include rental supplements/allowances, case management, counselling, assistance with medication, and life skills training  

Indigenous Peoples, health and mental health


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  • Increased support for Indigenous-led, culturally safe, mental health programs and services, rooted in Indigenous healing practices, land-based healing and the principle of self-determination
  • Ensure all programming is guided by the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework
  • Establish permanent program funding for the delivery of land-based, trauma-informed, community addictions care for Indigenous peoples
  • Increase targeted investment in the mental health workforce serving Indigenous communities 
  • Double the current budget of the Aboriginal Health Human Resources Initiative 
  • Take active steps to implement Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, specifically those related to mental health 
  • Uphold Jordan’s Principle in full, ensuring Indigenous Peoples receive the health care they need without being delayed by bureaucratic disagreements over jurisdiction 
  • Implement Calls to Action 18-24 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, improving health care for Indigenous Peoples 
  • Support First Nations, Métis and Inuit in (re)building traditional knowledge systems around healing and wellness, including the formal inclusion of traditional healing within mental wellness and home and community care programs. This process must be led by First Nations, Métis Nation and Inuit organizations 

Long-term care


Page 47-48

  • Create enforceable National Standards for LTC  
  • Provide a dedicated Seniors’ Care Transfer to provinces and territories for specific   
  • Provide a dedicated Seniors’ Care Transfer to provinces and territories for specific improvements to home, community and LTC separate from the federal health transfers  

Seniors


Page 54-55

  • In collaboration with health professionals and provincial/territorial governments, develop and fund a national dementia strategy. The strategy would support research, improve quality of life for patients and caregivers, and educate the public to increase awareness and reduce stigma  
  • Continue ongoing funding for frailty research to improve care for vulnerable older adults while investing in new R&D in the ageing and age-tech sector  
  • Meet the aspirational goals of the National Dementia Strategy by increasing overall Canadian investment from $50 million to $150 million over five years in the field of dementia research