New Democrats support the strong enforcement of Ontario’s Human Rights Code. We believe that government and school boards must enforce their equity policies and ensure that no student is subject to bullying due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other reason. Additionally, the fact that bullying remains such a common occurrence in Ontario’s schools underscores the need for GSAs. New Democrats such as NDP education critic Rosario Marchese have been vocal supporters of GSAs and we will work with education partners to make sure schools in Ontario have these important supports available to youth.
New Democrats supported the proposed changes to Ontario’s health curriculum that would have taught elementary school-aged children about family diversity and respect. Discrimination against any kind of family structure must not be tolerated.
New Democrats have met with groups concerned about the growing criminalization of HIV transmission and a lack of literacy about this complex issue. We are committed to working with these groups in order to ensure the necessary balancing of rights and the widely shared goal of lower transmission rates.
New Democrats led the fight to re-instate sex reassignment surgery under OHIP after it was de-listed by the Conservative government. We are committed to working with transgender health care advocacy groups to address ongoing issues. NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo has introduced legislation, multiple times, that would add gender identity to the Human Rights Code. Unfortunately, the McGuinty government has refused to support this legislation and have failed transgendered and transsexual Ontarians.
New Democrats have a plan to deliver excellent health care services to Ontarians. Our Plan for Affordable Change commits to 50 new family care clinics as well as supporting physicians in under-served communities. We know that the first step to prevention is accessible and culturally appropriate primary health care—and the NDP has a plan to make this a reality. We also understand that public education, easy access to testing, and a comprehensive health promotion plan are necessary for lowering infection rates.
Canada’s sex work laws are under federal jurisdiction and are regulated by the Criminal Code. Ontario’s New Democrats will continue to work to make all workplaces safer for everyone by combating discrimination, harassment and violence.
New Democrats support age appropriate, evidence-based sex education in Ontario’s schools. Information and education provide children and youth with the knowledge to make informed, healthy decisions for their entire lives.
New Democrats support the rights of students to organize GSAs and would ensure that Ontario’s existing equity policies are being respected. NDP MPP Rosario Marchese has been an outspoken supporter of GSAs and has called on the Ontario government to respect these equity policies by supporting GSAs.
Yes, New Democrats support the goal of ensuring LGBTQ athletes can lead open and proud lives. Ensuring equity education in our schools is part of the solution. The Ontario NDP will work with sport and LGBTQ stakeholders to develop and implement other solutions to this serious problem.
Ontario’s New Democrats would ensure that no group is excluded from cultural funding due to discrimination.