Strong Communities

A community is defined by more than geography.

A community is people living together, taking care of each other, having time for each other.

Communities that work take work. Transportation systems that get you from here to there, quickly, efficiently, and safely. Water works that ensure clean and healthy water. All the things that make us love where we live. Things we have and hold in common: playing grounds, bike paths, green spaces, community gardens, decent housing, strong schools, and a public health care system that addresses all aspects of our well-being.

Improve the quality of life by addressing the work-home balance. A more humane life with time for what really matters. Making a living should never impede having a life.

Strong communities means creating opportunities for young Canadians. Young people build community, both where they live and where they connect through the Internet in virtual communities. Energized youth are part of a real green future.

The growing number of older Canadians are active and engaged. They have made a major contribution to this country, and they want to keep contributing. They should be able to continue to have the lifestyle they want, living with dignity and independence.

Strong communities start with

Help for married couples and families.

Share the load. More people working fewer hours. For those who want to, make it easier to telecommute or work from home. Share jobs. Flex hours. Flexible child care with access for all. Early childhood education. More workplace child care spaces. Support for those who stay home to raise their children and support for those who need to get back to work while their kids are still young.

Help for local governments.

Sustainable long-term funding support for municipalities to repair decades-old crumbling infrastructure. Build for the future. Create more of the common amenities all communities need for recreation, transportation, water works and arts and culture.

Respect and support our elders.

Ensure secure pensions and provide programmes that address health – both physical and mental – and ensure dignity by stopping elder abuse and respecting living wills.