Some key details in the ‘trust and supply’ agreement between the Liberals and the NDP

OTTAWA – Some key elements of the deal between the Liberals and the NDP that would keep Justin Trudeau’s government in power until 2025:

The NDP will not propose a vote of no confidence or vote for a motion of no confidence during the term of the arrangement;

The parties agree on the importance of parliamentary oversight and the work done by MPs in committees;

Meetings of party leaders at least quarterly, as well as regular meetings of House Leaders and Whips, and a monthly “check-in” meeting of an oversight group;

The parties agree to identify priority bills to be expedited in the House of Commons, including extending sitting hours to allow for additional speakers, if necessary;

The parties agree to prioritize:

Health initiatives, including a new dental program for low-income Canadians that would start this year with those under 12, then expand to others in stages by 2025;

Progress on a universal national pharmacare program by passing a Canadian Pharmacare Act by the end of next year, then directing the National Drug Agency to develop a national formulary essential drugs and a bulk procurement plan by the end of the agreement;

Efforts with provinces and territories to determine how to provide more primary care doctors and nurses, mental health support, aging-in-place programs and better data;

A Long-Term Care Safety Act to ensure that older people receive care no matter where they live;

Economic measures, including extending the Rapid Housing Initiative for an additional year;

refocus the Rental Construction Financing Initiative on affordable housing;

Launch of a housing acceleration fund;

Implement a homebuyer’s bill of rights;

A one-time top-up of $500 to the Canada Housing Benefit in 2022, which would be renewed in future years if cost-of-living issues persist;

Introduce an Early Learning and Child Care Act by the end of the year, ensuring child care arrangements have long-term protected funding that prioritizes public spaces and non-profit;

Efforts on climate change, including measures to achieve significant reductions in emissions by 2030 compared to 2005 levels;

Continue to identify ways to further accelerate the trajectory to achieve net zero emissions no later than 2050;

Creation of the Clean Trades Training Center;

Moving forward with just transition legislation, guided by input from workers, unions, Indigenous peoples, communities, provinces and territories;

A plan to phase out public funding of the fossil fuel sector, including state-owned companies, including early action this year;

Moving forward in 2022 with home energy efficiency programs that improve energy affordability for Canadians and reduce emissions;

Initiatives for workers, ensuring that the 10 days of paid sick leave provided for all federally regulated workers begin as soon as possible;

Introduce legislation by the end of next year to prohibit the use of replacement workers when a unionized employer in a federally regulated industry has locked out its employees or is on strike;

Efforts to foster reconciliation, including significant additional investment in Indigenous housing this year;

Accelerate the implementation of the Federal Pathway to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People with Indigenous Partners;

Create a permanent Federal-Provincial-Territorial Table on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People to facilitate and coordinate this work;

Provide the necessary supports to First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities wishing to continue the search for burials on the former residential school sites;

Fair tax measures, including changes for financial institutions that have made large profits during the pandemic;

A register of beneficial owners accessible to the public by the end of 2023;

Democracy measures, including working with Elections Canada to explore ways to expand people’s ability to vote, such as an expanded “election day” of three voting days, allowing people to vote at n any polling station in their constituency, improving the mail-in ballot process to ensure voters are not disenfranchised;

Ensure that the number of seats for Québec in the House of Commons remains constant.

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