Mayoral candidate highlights a number of policies that will help those in Ottawa with affordability, healthcare and access to services.
Ottawa, Ontario - Mayoral candidate Mark Sutcliffe today highlighted a number of policies that will make life more affordable, reliable and safer for senior citizens living in Ottawa.
“It’s critically important that we look after the seniors in our community. And seniors, particularly those on fixed incomes, have been telling me they are feeling significant financial stress and concern about their safety,” said Sutcliffe. “I have a number of measures in my platform to protect and enhance the quality of life and financial security of our seniors.”
Specifically, Sutcliffe pointed to the following proposals that would improve quality of life for seniors in Ottawa:
Reviewing and improving the city’s 3-1-1 service to ensure it is working optimally for all residents, including seniors.
Fixing deteriorating sidewalks and roads across the city by investing an additional $100M over four years to improve their condition.
Freezing all transit fares for one year, and maintaining the senior’s pass rate for a full four years.
Fixing Para Transpo by consulting with those who depend on it to get around our city.
Appoint a citizen representative to the transit advisory committee that regularly uses ParaTranspo, so that perspectives of individuals with disabilities are represented at this committee.
Keeping taxes as low as possible by committing to a 2%-2.5% property tax rate for the next two years, with the goal of maintaining this rate for years three and four of the mandate.
Creating a family doctor recruitment and retention strategy with a goal of bringing more physicians to the city of Ottawa.
Making more ambulances available by investing $5 million in paramedic services to hire 42 paramedics, with funding from the provincial government.
Working with the provincial government to shorten wait times for patient transfers at hospitals in the city with the highest wait times, so health care costs are no longer being downloaded on the city.
Supporting the piloting of community paramedicine, in which emergency medical technicians operate in expanded roles by assisting with public health and primary healthcare and preventive services.
Continuing and expanding the program that enables seniors to defer a portion of property tax until their home is sold.
Working with the federal and provincial governments to reinstate and improve programs that will allow seniors to modify their houses, including for accessibility, energy upgrades and adding secondary suites to help them defer expenses.
A recent survey conducted by Angus Reid outlined that nine-in-ten Canadians (88%) report the need for “belt-tightening measures” in how they manage their money. About one-half of Canadians say their finances have deteriorated over the past year. “Those who rely on their savings to live, including many seniors, have been hit hard by the economic uncertainty and world events that have threatened their savings and investments. The last thing they need is to see a big hike in their annual tax bill from the city,” noted Sutcliffe.
Sutcliffe noted that economic uncertainty facing residents of Ottawa demands a compassionate, fiscally responsible approach from the Mayor’s office. “Now is not the time for depleting reserves and taking on hundreds of millions in new debt to finance downtown bike lanes and more free transit,” said Sutcliffe. “We owe it to seniors and all residents of Ottawa to make sure City Hall is spending wisely, on programs and services that work for all of Ottawa.
Mark Sutcliffe Campaign