April 2021 E-Newsletter

Published on April 02, 2021


Message from Your MPP

Dear Neighbours,

Like me, I’m sure you’re excited to enjoy the beautiful weather outside with nice walks in double-digit temperatures. This month features Earth Day, and what a better way to celebrate than to reconnect with nature & take a family hike in your own backyard! You and your family can also make homemade birdfeeders, plant vegetables in your backyard, or even clean litter at your local parks.

In recent news, our government introduced the 2021 Budget at the end of March, delivering record investments into protecting people’s health and our economy. Our plan commits an additional $39.6 billion to facilitate an equitable road to recovery, while aiming to conquer COVID once and for all.

To kickstart our economy, we are investing an additional $1.7B in Ontario Small Business grants, $400M for the hospitality and culture industries, and a brand new Jobs Training Tax Credit of up to $2,000 per individual.

To support hard-working families, we are providing a third boosted, round of payments through the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit. To support parents with the cost of child care, we are proposing a 20% enhancement of the CARE tax credit for 2021.

To defeat COVID-19, we are investing $1B into the provincewide vaccination plan, $2.3B for testing and contract tracing, and $5.1B to increase hospital space. We are also providing money to rebuild and modernize Trillium’s Mississauga Hospital, in recognition of the increased demand and high quality of care that our residents need and deserve.

The impact of COVID has been strong. But our government’s response is stronger. Our government is here to help, and the road to recovery has begun.

Better days are on the horizon!

 

Sincerely,

 

 


Investing in Ontario


Ontario is providing over $1.2 billion to help Ontario's public hospitals recover from financial pressures created by COVID-19 so they can continue to provide high-quality patient care to Ontarians.

$696.6 million in funding will help cover historic working fund deficits for qualifying public hospitals, with a focus on small, medium as well as specialty and rehabilitation hospitals.

$572.3 million will be set aside so hospitals can reimburse qualifying portions of losses such as co-payments for private rooms and the reduction of retail services, which contribute to patient care and support clinical services. 


The government is investing $933 million in 80 new long-term care projects, which will lead to thousands of additional new and upgraded long-term care spaces across the province.

In addition to modernizing the long-term care sector, these projects will add 7,510 new spaces and upgrade 4,197 spaces, helping to reduce waitlists. 


The government is providing $255 million to help Service managers or Indigenous program administrators respond to an increase in COVID-19 cases in emergency shelters and help keep vulnerable people safe. As part of the province’s Social Services Relief Fund, this will protect homeless shelter staff and residents, and help prevent more people from becoming homeless.

Service managers and partners can use the funding to acquire motel and hotel spaces to support physical distancing of shelter residents, hire more shelter staff, purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies, and add to rent and utility banks. 


Ontario is providing $106.4 million to help publicly assisted colleges and universities address the financial impacts of COVID-19.

The funding will provide immediate and targeted support for institutions most affected by decreases in tuition, ancillary revenues and those who have incurred expenses associated with online learning, personal protective equipment and enhanced cleaning. Institutions can also use the funding in 2020-21 to offset COVID-19 expenses related to student financial supports and human resources.


Ontario is investing $105 million through the new Community Building Fund to help non-profit tourism, culture, sport and recreation organizations recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and meet the needs of their communities.

The fund will be administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) through two program streams. The $55-million operating funding stream will provide community non-profits sustain operations and create new experiences and events. The $50-million capital funding stream will go to municipalities and non-profit organizations to meet COVID-19 public health protocol requirements and local community needs. 

The operating stream of the Community Building Fund will open for applications on March 31, 2021, while the fund's capital stream will open later in 2021.


Ontario is providing over $77 million to help long-term care homes adopt advanced technologies to strengthen medication safety.

Modernizing this process will allow for better transmission and handling of prescriptions, more accurate administration of medication and increased security of the drug supply in long-term care homes.

 


Ontario is investing $47 million in 2021-22 to hire more apprentices, improve the quality of their training and help them complete their certification through the Achievement Incentive Program

This program will provide over 11,000 employers in the construction, industrial, service and other sectors with up to $4,000 in funding per apprentice as they reach key training milestones. 


This funding will build a highly-skilled workforce, help students gain valuable experience through experiential learning opportunities and prepare them for in-demand jobs post-graduation. 

The government is investing $30 million to help the retirement home sector cover COVID-19 related costs such as hiring, training and testing additional staff, and sanitizing residences and purchasing supplies to prevent and contain the spread of virus. 

 


The government is investing $24 million through the Apprenticeship Capital Grant to help colleges, unions and apprentice training providers upgrade their equipment and facilities.

This investment, which is a $10 million increase from 2020, will ensure apprentices are learning and using state-of-the-art infrastructure during their in-class training such new virtual reality training equipment, upgraded accessibility supports.  


The government is investing $20 million over the next 4 years in the Greenlands Conservation Partnership to help secure land of ecological importance and promote healthy, natural spaces. Projects that will be directly supported from this funding include Rice Lake Plains Natural Area, Alfred Bog, Saugeen Bruce Peninsula Natural Area, Frontenac Arch. 

This initiative will help mitigate the effects of climate change, a key commitment in the province's Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan and increase the number of conserved natural spaces for the public to enjoy.


The government is providing over 16.9 million towards 37 Clean Water, Wastewater and Storm Water Infrastructure Improvement Projects for First Nation Communities across the province. Meanwhile, the Government of Canada is investing more than $69.5 million in these projects through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan.

Additional investments include; replacement of drinking water pipes, upgrades to communal drinking water systems, sewage system rehabilitations, wastewater treatment plan upgrades and replacements. 


The government is providing over $15 million to support grassroots activities, sport and recreation organizations and high-performance athletes. This will help encourage more children, youth, families and athletes to get active and return to play safely as Ontario's sports and recreation sector continues to follow COVID-19 restrictions and reopening regulations.

This funding will support 4 initiatives including SPORT4ONTARIO, 63 recognized Provincial Sport Organizations, Quest for Gold Canada and Ontario Hockey League. 


The government is investing over $12.8 million to immediately expand and provide culturally appropriate mental health and addictions services for Indigenous peoples, families and communities across the province. 

This funding includes but is not limited to $6.8 million to increase the capacity of community-based and Indigenous-led supports, $1.4 million towards community programs in Indigenous-led primary care teams and $1.4 million to help address gaps and barriers Indigenous students and their families experience in the school system.  


Ontario is providing $5 million in funding to help municipal fire services address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will enhance fire safety training across the province and support safety inspection programs to ensure compliance with the Ontario Fire Code.

This one-time funding will increase access to additional training, support updates to specialized critical equipment, such as high-speed internet, to enhance virtual training and enable remote options to support fire safety while minimizing exposure to the virus.


The government is investing $3.7 million to help seniors and residents with disabilities get to their COVID-19 vaccinations.

As part of the 2021 budget, this investment will ensure safe and accessible transportation for vulnerable populations in Ontario so they can get vaccinated and be protected from COVID-19. 


The government is investing $2.8 million annually to expand Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) diagnostic services by funding 12 new FASD clinics across the province. 

For children and youth impacted by FASD, receiving the right diagnostic assessment is critical in ensuring access to supports and services that meet their individual needs.

 


Ontario is investing $2.5 million through the Unison Benevolent Fund's COVID-19 Relief Program and the Canadian Live Music Association to support the province's music industry.

Unison Benevolent Fund will receive a one-time grant of up to $2 million to immediately support individual musicians and industry workers, many of whom have lost their sources of income during the pandemic. The Canadian Live Music Association will receive a one-time grant of up to $500,000 to support local communities that wish to develop and implement music city strategies. 


The government is investing over $2 million to support Francophone tourism across the province, ensuring Ontario's Francophone community contribution to the province's diverse tourism sector.

This funding will support a wide range of Francophone initiatives, such as safe public performances, safe in-person Francophone festivals, and locally driven marketing campaigns to strengthen the Francophone tourism industry.


Ontario is providing $1 million over 3 years to MLSE LaunchPad’s employment programs to help youth facing barriers in Toronto access opportunities.

MLSE LaunchPad is a place where youth use sport to recognize and reach their full potential. It also connects them with opportunities for skills development through hands-on training, job placements, coaching and mentorship opportunities.


Through the Ontario Together Fund, the province is providing more than $300,000 in mental health services to help young adults manage stress, depression and anxiety. This funding will directly assist Stella's Place hire more staff to expand its online app services.

Stella's Place is a Toronto-based, registered charity and non-profit organization that provides mental health services and programs for young adults aged 16 to 29 across Ontario. 


Investing in Mississauga


 

Ontario is providing an additional $500 million to help the province’s 444 municipalities address ongoing COVID-19 operating costs. Through this investment, the City of Mississauga will receive a total of $20.2 million

The funding will help address ongoing COVID-19 related operating costs including protective equipment, cleaning supplies, by-law enforcement and purchasing online meeting tools to support remote council meetings.


Ontario is providing $10.7 million to Region of Peel to help Service managers/Indigenous program administrators respond to an increase in COVID-19 cases in emergency shelters. As part of the $255 million overall provincial funding, this new social services relief fund will protect homeless shelter staff and residents, and help prevent more people from becoming homeless.

The government is also directing municipal service managers to begin collecting detailed, up-to-date information from individuals experiencing homelessness and use a strategy called by-name lists. This innovative approach will help connect people with local housing and homelessness supports that better respond to their needs.


The government is providing almost $10 million to help large municipalities find better and more efficient ways to operate and save taxpayers' dollars.

This investment is being delivered through the province's Audit and Accountability Fund and will support initiatives that focus on increasing digital services, modernization, streamlining and service integration. This includes the City of Mississauga Cashless Transactions Review


The government is investing $9.7 million to expand the Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program in Peel Region. This initiative will help more seniors on long-term care waitlists stay safe while living in the comfort of their own homes for longer.

The program works alongside home care, primary care, and community care, and community paramedicine practitioners to provide non-emergency support, such as home visits and remote monitoring, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


The government is investing over $12 million in a new initiative to detect COVID-19 in wastewater. The province is partnering with 13 academic and research institutions to create a surveillance network to test wastewater samples taken from communities across Ontario.

This will enhance the ability of local public health units to identify, monitor and manage potential COVID-19 outbreaks. Wastewater sampling for the early detection of the COVID-19 is taking place in several regions including the Region of Peel. 


The government has allocated 11,707 safe, modern long-term care spaces to be built through 80 projects across the province. These projects include building 7,510 new spaces and 4,197 upgraded spaces. 

In Mississauga, Ivan Franko Homes Village Development has been allocated 43 new and 85 upgraded spaces. The project will result in a 128-bed home through the construction of a new building in Mississauga as part of a campus of care. The home will be offering services to the Ukrainian community.

Additionally, Tyndall Seniors Village has been allocated 73 new and 151 upgraded spaces. The project will result in a 224-bed home through the construction of a new building in Mississauga. 


Queen's Park Update


Extending Temporary Wages for PSWs

The government is investing $239 million to extend temporary wage enhancements for personal support workers and direct support workers in publicly funded home & community care, long-term care, public hospitals, & social services sectors. This includes: 

  • $3 per hour for approx. 38,000 eligible workers in home and community care;
  • $3 per hour for approx. 50,000 eligible workers in long-term care;
  • $2 per hour for approx. 10,000 eligible workers in public hospitals; and
  • $3 per hour for approx. 60,000 eligible workers in children, community and social services providing personal direct support services for the activities of daily living.

These temporary wage enhancements will continue until June 30, 2021 and will help stabilize, attract and retain the workforce needed to provide a high level of care.


 Accelerating Access to Justice  

On March 11, the government has announced a new multi-year plan to speed up access to the justice system. Ontario is investing $28.5 million for a digital case management system to help reduce delays and backlogs at tribunals

The Landlord and Tenant Board will be one of the first Ontario tribunals to implement the system in Summer 2021, with phased implementation for all other tribunals expected by December 2023. The system will ensure case management, document management, mediation, online dispute resolution and a public-facing self-help tool.

 


 

Sign Language Courses for Secondary Students 

Starting September 2021, secondary schools in Ontario will be able to offer American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) second language courses for their students

To support teachers in delivering the new ASL as a Second Language and LSQ langue seconde courses, Ontario's Ministry of Education has been working with the Ontario College of Teachers so teachers can receive training in how to teach ASL as a second language and LSQ langue seconde.

 

 


OSAP now includes Micro-Credentials

 

Ontario is expanding the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) to include nearly 600 micro-credential programs. This will ensure loans and grants will be available to more learners looking to rapidly upskill and reskill for in-demand jobs.

Offered by colleges, universities and Indigenous Institutes, micro-credentials are short in duration, can be completed online, and often designed for the specific needs of employers and jobs. They can be taken in isolation or packaged together alongside degrees, diplomas and certificates.


Integrated Patient Care 

Ontario has issued orders under the Connecting Care Act, 2019, to transfer the Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) and non-patient care functions from the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to Ontario Health, effective April 1.

 

These non-patient care functions include health system funding, planning and administrative or management functions, including the staff who support these functions. LHINs will begin operating under a new business name – Home and Community Care Support Services to reflect a singular mandate to deliver patient care and ensure stability of services while home and community care transitions into Ontario Health Teams.


 

Protecting Ontario's Water Resources  

The government is making new changes to Ontario's water taking program that will give municipalities more direct input on allowing bottled water companies to withdraw new or increased amounts of groundwater in their communities.

The new changes include:

  • Giving municipalities more say on whether water bottling companies can use groundwater in their areas. 

  • Establishing priorities on how water should be shared when there are competing demands for water. 

  • Putting in place a new, more flexible approach to better assess and manage multiple water takings in areas where water sustainability is a concern.

  • Making water taking data available to the public 

Legislative Affairs


Removing a Cap on PILT

On March 22, I was honoured to rise in the Legislature to express my support for removing a cap on Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) transfers, an issue that will adversely impact the City of Mississauga for the next 35 years, if not properly addressed.

As per regulations under the Assessment Act, PILT is calculated based on a 2 year lag in passenger volumes. I would like to thank GTAA for continuing to fulfill its PILT commitments.

All levels of government must work together to address and remove the 5% cap on PILT. If not, the impacts of COVID19 will be felt in our beautiful city for decades to come.

Preventing Gas and Dash Thefts 

On March 31, I reiterated the importance of Bill 231, my private members bill to prevent the 100 % preventable crime of gas and dash thefts.

In 2019 alone, there were 37 000 cases, skyrocketing from a mere 9200 thefts in 2010 and that is over 100 cases of gas thefts per day and rising.  29% of Hamilton gas station owners in 2010 indicated their employees had experienced violence while trying to stop a gas theft.

During COVID-19, prepayment can provide a convenient alternative to unnecessarily exposing one’s self to the virus, inside the station. To share your support and bring Bill 231 into action, please send an email to [email protected]

 

Supporting Broadband and Infrastructure Expansion Act, 2021 

 

On March 4, the government introduced the Supporting Broadband and Infrastructure Expansion Act, 2021 which, if passed, would help connect more residents to reliable, high-speed internet sooner. More than as many as 700,000 households and businesses in Ontario lack access to adequate broadband speeds, or have no internet connection at all. The act will ensure all Ontarians have access to reliable internet by: 

  • reducing costs to broadband providers associated with attaching broadband wirelines to hydro utility poles

  • providing timely access to poles and to municipal rights of way to install broadband on municipal land.

 


2021 Ontario Budget — Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy


On March 24, Ontario's Minister of Finance announced the 2021 Ontario Budget. The Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy, if passed, will bring an investment of $51 billion to protect and support Ontario's economy and the health of all Ontarians. The 2021 Budget will provide $51 billion in total supports over 4 years and will support workers and families, support jobs, and support communities. It also makes significant investments to protect the residents of Peel Region - Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. 

  • Capital plan investment of $30.2 billion over 10 years to build and renew hospital infrastructure including an additional $3 billion since the 2020 Budget. This includes new hospital and other expansion projects in the Region of Peel and surrounding areas in collaboration with Trillium Health Partners and William Osler Hospital.

  • Expanding and renewing hospital infrastructure in central Ontario including Trillium Health Partners–Broader Redevelopment, which is expected to start construction in 2021‐22 and will create an inpatient care tower at the Queensway site in Etobicoke, and completely rebuild the Mississauga hospital to increase capacity and address growth needs.

  • Ontario is building on its testing strategy by investing $2.3 billion in 2021-22 and expanding the use of rapid testing in high-priority areas such as schools, congregate settings, workplaces and high-priority communities. 

  • To ensure capacity, the Government is investing additional $5.1 billion in hospitals to create more than 3,100 additional beds. This includes $1.8 billion in 2021-22 to continue providing care for COVID-19 patients, address surgical backlogs and to keep pace with patient needs. 

  • The government is investing $3.7 billion over two years, including $2.3 billion in 2021-22 in a comprehensive testing strategy to ensure timely access and access to vulnerable communities.

  • Implementing an innovative and free testing program at Toronto Pearson International Airport requiring all international travellers coming through the airport to take a COVID 19 test upon arrival. This is helping to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including new variants.

  • An additional round of support through the Ontario Small Business Support Grant will be provided:

    • Small businesses who have been determined as eligible recipients of the Grant will automatically be entitled to a second payment in an amount equal to the first payment that they received
    • Through the two rounds of support (first one launched in January 2021), it is projected that the Ontario Small Business Support Grant will deliver an estimated $3.4 billion to approximately 120,000 small businesses in Ontario
  • Investing an additional $10 million in the Digital Main Street Program in 2021-22 to help more small businesses achieve a digital transformation and serve customers online 

  • Introduction the new Ontario Tourism and Hospitality Small Business Support Grant, which will provide an estimated $100 million in one‐time payments of $10,000 to $20,000 to eligible small businesses including hotels, motels, travel agencies, and recreational and vacation camps. Any small business that received the Ontario Small Business Support Grant will not be eligible for this new grant.

  • A new round of direct payments to families through the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit. The province is now providing a third round of payments to parents who received Supports for Learners payments, which are now being doubled. 

    • Eligible parents will receive $400 for each child aged 0 to Grade 12, and $500 for youth up to 21 years of age with special needs.

  • Proposal for a temporary, 20 per cent top-up to the 2021 entitlement of the CARE tax credit for all recipients
    • The top-up would increase support by $75 million or from about $1,250 to about $1,500 per family, on average, to help more than 300,000 families who are eligible for the credit with their 2021 childcare expenses
    • The government has committed to creating up to 30,000 new childcare spaces, including up to 10,000 spaces in new schools

  • The Senior's Home Safety Tax Credit for the 2021 tax year will provide approximately $30 million in support and will benefit 27,000 seniors, including people who live with senior relatives. 

 

 


Applications Now Open 


Community Building Fund

Ontario’s Community Building Fund is investing $105 million to support community arts and culture, heritage, tourism, sport and recreation organizations, that are experiencing significant financial pressures due to the pandemic.

Eligible Organizations include those who have a significant presence in the arts and culture, heritage, tourism, sport and recreation sectors, and operate facilities and/or deliver experiences or programs in Ontario that are open to the public, and must meet one of the following:

  • A charitable organization or public foundation registered as a charity by the Canada Revenue Agency
  • An organization incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation without share capital in a Canadian jurisdiction
  • A First Nation / Métis / Inuit or other Indigenous community

Applications for the fund are open as of March 31, 2021.To apply click here

 

 

 

Ontario Bridge Training Bursary 

The government is providing $127,600 to Collège Boréal to offer up to 65 highly-skilled Francophone newcomers financial supports to offset the costs of bridge training that will support them in getting certified to work in their field in Ontario.

Eligible newcomers can be provided with up to $2,100 to cover tuition, books and equipment costs.

Participants must apply at the financial offices of the Collège Boréal campuses including the Mississauga location located at 50 Burnhamthorpe Rd W #300. The campus phone number is (905) 306-1562. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ontario Small Business Support Grant - Deadline Extended

On March 31, the province extended the application deadline for Ontario's Small Business Support Grant to April 7th, 2021. 

This grant provides a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to eligible small businesses to help cover their decreased revenue expected as a result of the Province-wide Shutdown. It also provides flexibility for small business owners so that they can spend it however makes the most sense for their businesses (e.g. paying rent, paying employee wages, maintaining inventory, etc.).

Eligible small businesses include those:

  • required to close or restrict services subject to the Provincewide Shutdown effective 12:01 a.m. on December 26, 2020

  • have 100 employees or fewer at the enterprise level

  • have experienced a minimum of 20 per cent revenue decline in April 2020 compared to April 2019. New businesses established since April 2019 will also be eligible provided they meet the other eligibility criteria.

If you're a small business owner, click here to apply. 



Global Tech Company Expands in Mississauga


On March 26, I joined the Premier of Ontario, the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville to welcome HCL Technologies as it expands its Canadian operations with a new global delivery centre in Mississauga. The centre will employ 350 people in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector when it opens, eventually growing to 500 positions.

I was pleased to meet with HCL last year during Ontario's Virtual Mission to India and I'm thrilled HCL's largest delivery centre will create employment for families in Mississauga and across the province going forward. 


Mississauga-Malton Place of Worship Receives Community Grant 

On March 9, I virtually met Pastor Jason Noh and Susan Lee from Light Presbyterian Church, located in Mississauga-Malton. I was thrilled to share with them that their places of worship has been received through $60,000 through Ontario's Inclusive Community Grant. 

The grant with is provided to help municipalities and community organizations to create social and physical infrastructure to enable Ontarians to age in their communities. The funding to Light Presbyterian Church will help in the creation of a multi-purpose outdoor space that will promote healthy active living for seniors and people with special needs in Mississauga. 


The International Centre Transforms into a Mass Vaccination Clinic 


I was amazed by the team effort during my visit to Region of Peel's Mass Vaccination Clinic at the International Centre in Mississauga-Malton. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our front-line healthcare workers, public health units, and health care partners, Ontario has vaccinated 2,276,313 individuals as of April 1. 

 


Mississauga-Malton Seniors Wellness Hour 


On March 30, I was pleased to celebrate Nutrition Month with Mississauga Malton residents as we learnt about healthy eating habits from Dietician Debbie Clarke Grant at Four Corners Health. We were also joined by Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs who spoke about the nutritious food that grows in Ontario by hardworking farmers and families. Did you know maple syrup is only grown in Canada? Special shoutout to residents for sharing their delicious home-made recipes for everyone to try at home!


Epilepsy Awareness Month

March is EpilepsyAwarenessMonth. It's heartbreaking to learn that 1 in 10 Canadians live with epilepsy. It's important that we learn more about this neurological disorder that affects members of our communities and break stigmas. 

Did you know, it's a myth that ALL epileptic patients will have constant seizures? The fact is in 70% of cases, medication can actually allow a person to be seizure free.

I would like to thank Epilepsy Ontario & all other organizations for doing incredible work to raise awareness around epilepsy and to those who wear purple to show their support for individuals experiencing epilepsy. 

International Women's Day

This year's theme for International Womens Day was #ChooseToChallenge. I personally chose to challenge empowered women to empower that are yet to be empowered women, making this day of celebration a day of Action. 
As Serena Williams famously said, "Every woman's success should be an inspiration to another. We're strongest when we cheer each other on". 
I would also like to highlight the contributions of women across Ontario including former Mayor of Mississauga Hazel McCallion and personally thank the three inspirational women in my life  - my mother, my wife and my daughter - for their constant support and leadership. 

 


Connecting Virtually


Townhall with Residents 

On March 8, International Women's Day, I was pleased to come together with Mississauga-Malton for an open discussion on local matters and upcoming events. 

We were also joined by three incredible women, from the field of government, business and social services in celebration of women empowerment. Ontario's Minister of Children and Women issues joined us for an important discussion on Ontario's commitment to combat human trafficking - an issue highly prevalent in the Region of Peel. 

During the event, we also announced the winners of our Mississauga-Malton crossword raffle, part of our Winter 2020-2021 newsletter. Congratulations to Chris Hoffman, Mike Simion and Cole Moley on the win! 

Townhall with Places of Worship 

On March 15, my fellow Mississauga MPPs and I met with Peel Public Health's Chief Medical Officer and Faith Leaders from across Mississauga. We had a productive dialogue about recent changes in public health guidelines for religious places and the vaccine rollout plan.

Weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies in regions under Grey-Lockdown are now permitted to have up to 15% capacity per room, or up to 50 people outdoors. 

William Osler Health System in Peel is also vaccinating faith leaders, who as part of their regular role are at an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. This includes faith leaders who are: 

  • in close contact with persons and families at end of life,

  • performing care for the deceased through funerals, bathing or other ceremony,

  • performing home visits to unwell persons, pastoral care in hospitals, long-term care or retirement homes or other vulnerable settings.

Roundtable with GTA Media 

On March 18, I was pleased to moderate a roundtable with Ontario's Minister of Education, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and media from across the GTA.

We discussed Ontario’s commitment to ensure the safety of students and staff, public health guidelines, the vaccine rollout and the COVID-19 framework.

I would like to give a big shoutout to our media for always asking the tough questions and playing an important role in helping keep residents informed and protected by spreading awareness during the COVID-19 pandemic 

 

 

 

 

Townhall with Mississauga MPPs 

On March 17, I joined the Premier of Ontario and my fellow Mississauga MPPs to hear the concerns of Mississauga residents. We had an insightful and informative discussion about the Grey-Lockdown along with the vaccination rollout in Peel with the region's Chief Medical Officer. 

As of March 26, Peel has seen a 20% increase in incidence rate with percent positivity at 9.5%. The increase in incidence was seen across most age groups, but most notably in those 20-29 years and 40-49 years. On the other hand, those 80 years of age and older had the lowest incidence rate of all age groups due to vaccination efforts in long-term care and retirement homes and at vaccination clinics. 

 

Meeting Directors of DCPDSB and PDSB 

Last month, I had a virtual meeting with the Directors and executive team of Peel District School Board and Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board. We had an importance discussion on how we can continue working together to ensure safety & well-being of students during the pandemic.

As a father of a 15 year old, I'm extremely thankful to teachers and school staff for their passion and hard work to provide students the best learning experience through remote and in-person classes. 

 

 

 

Meeting with Elected Officials of Mississauga

It was very productive to join The City of Mississauga Council members, Mississauga MPs and my MPP colleagues to discuss an action plan to bring the best for residents & businesses of Mississauga.

Working together is the way to navigate COVID19 and protect our health and economy as we move forward. 

 

 

 

 


COVID-19 Update


  • As a result of an alarming surge in case numbers of COVID-19 and it's variants across the province, the government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, has implemented a province-wide emergency break, effective April 3rd, 2021, at 12:01 A.M for at least 4 weeks.

    •  From March 26 to 28, 2021, provincial case rates have increased by 7.7 per cent to 101.1 cases per 100,000 people.

    • Current COVID-19 related ICU admissions are over the peak of wave two and hospitals in regional hotspots will need to further ramp down scheduled surgeries.

    • COVID-19 related ICU admissions are projected to exceed 650 beds in a few weeks. 

  • Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are prohibited.

  • the capacity for outdoor organized public events or social gatherings is limited to a 5-person maximum, except for gatherings with members of the same household (the people you live with) or gatherings of members of one household and one other person from another household who lives alone.

  • In-person shopping in all retail settings is restricted. This will mean:

    • a 50 % capacity limit for supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers' markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies

    • 25 % capacity for all other retail including big box stores, along with other public health and workplace safety measures;

  • Indoor and outdoor dining will be prohibited. Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by take-out, drive-through, and delivery only.

  • On March 15, Ontario permitted indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding or funeral services in regions under Grey-Lockdown to allow for up to 15 per cent total capacity of a particular room and to the number of individuals that can maintain two metres of physical distance outdoors.

    • This is an increase from the previous limit of 10 people total indoors or 10 people total outdoors.

    • This does not include social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions, which are not permitted indoors and are limited to 5 people outdoors.

  • The use of facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness (e.g., gyms) is prohibited with very limited exceptions.

  • Schools will remain open for in-person learning with strict safety measures in place

  • The spring break will continue as planned for the week of April 12;

  • In order to support working families, child care will remain open during the shutdown and child care settings will continue to adhere to stringent health and safety measures. 

  • personal care services are prohibited. 


Vaccine Update


If you're a resident of Peel Region (Mississauga, Brampton) AND aged 60 plus or part of Phase 1 of Ontario's vaccine rollout, you can book your vaccination appointment online:

  • book at Trillium Health Partner vaccine clinics (University of Toronto Mississauga and the Mississauga Hospital). Click here to book at THP. 

  • book at William Osler Health System vaccine clinics (Brampton Civic Hospital and Chinguacousy Wellness Centre). Click here to book at William Osler. 

  • book at Peel Public Health's six clinics. This includes sites at 7120 Hurontario Street, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Paramount Field House, SaveMax Soccer Centre, the International Centre, and Caledon East Community Centre. To book your appointment at any of one these 6 clinics, please visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/

Residents of Peel Region (Mississauga, Brampton) aged 55 plus or part of Phase 1 of Ontario's vaccine rollout 


Quick Facts 

  • On March 8, the government reached a key milestone in, having visited all 31 fly-in northern communities and Moosonee to offer first doses of the vaccine as part of Operation Remote Immunity. 
  • As of March 27, over three-quarters of Ontario residents aged 80 or older have received at least one dose. One third of residents aged 75 to 79 have now received their 1st shot. 

  • Health care professionals who are able to administer the vaccine can join Ontario's vaccine rollout and apply through Ontario's Matching Portal. This could include nurse practitioners, registered nurses and registered practical nurses, along with pharmacists, pharmacy students, interns and pharmacy technicians.

  • Between April 2021 and July 2021, it is estimated that up to 9 million Ontarians will be vaccinated. As of April 1, Ontario has administered 2,276,313 vaccinations - the most among all provinces in Canada. 

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Out and About in the Community


I had the pleasure to visit Embedded Sense, Mississauga-Malton business stepping forward with technological solutions to protect Ontarians from COVID-19. Their incredible team has created a smart washroom, which ensures physical distancing between indivduals through a detector!

Great to meet with Jeffrey, Saif & Orli from the Heart and Stroke foundation to discuss how we can work together to improve the health and well-being of Ontarians living with heart disease during COVID19. I learnt that 80% of premature heart diseases and strokes are preventable. To learn more, please visit http://heartstroke.ca

Pleased to present a certificate of appreciation to Gulnaz Rehan, member of Malton Women Council who is extremely passionate about community services . Gulnaz helps deliver food deliveries to families in need and provides support to residents through virtual programs during COVID-19. 

Exciting chat with Taras Worona, member of Mississauga-Malton based business Engineering CPR. The company specializes in providing high quality manufacturing and distribution services, playing an valuable role in serving customers through technology. 

Virtual International Women's Day Celebration with members of Malton Women Council, who continue to organize virtual events and programs to support the well-being of women, seniors and residents during the pandemic. 

 Positive conversation with members of RANA Canada - a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a strong sense of community among Indo-Canadians of Rajasthani heritage. 

Wonderful to meet with Chris Slade, Senior Dean at Lambton College for a discussion on how post-secondary institutions can work together with the government to support students and the local community.  

Did you know, the Mississauga campus for Lambton College is located in Mississauga-Malton at 121 Brunel Rd? 

 

Informative discussion with members of GSK about the  importance of administering the Shingles vaccine during COVID-19 in order to better meet the health needs of Ontario seniors. 

Inspiring to meet City of Mississauga's newly elected Fire Chief, who through her resilience and hard work went from being a teacher to a firefighter. We had a great discussion about engaging more youth and residents in fire safety services.  


Transit Update


Construction of the Hurontario LRT

The 18-kilometre Hurontario Light Rail Transit will bring a new, environmentally friendly and reliable method of transportation to a rapidly growing region. The new transit system will feature 19 stops, travel through two urban growth centres and connect to major transit systems including GO Transit (Milton and Lakeshore West lines), the Mississauga Transitway, Brampton Transit, ZUM and MiWay. 

Construction of the LRT is currently underway in Mississauga-Malton, including: 

  • relocation of wet utilities is occurring between Matheson Boulevard and HWY 407.

  • relocation of dry utilities has begun at the intersection of Matheson Boulevard and Hurontario Street.

  • Temporary bus platforms have been built to ensure that all bus stops remain safely accessible to commuters, while minimizing disruption to local bus service.

  • In the coming weeks, the drilling of boreholes and environmental test pits investigations will begin between Eglinton Avenue and Britannia Road, as well as between Madill Boulevard and Derry Road.

  • There will also be temporary sidewalk closures where tree protection and removal work are taking place. 

 

 


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If you need any help in booking your vaccination appointment, please call our office at 905-696-0367 or send an email to [email protected]