January 2020 E-Newsletter

Published on January 03, 2020

From the Desk of Your MPP

Dear Neighbours,

I want to wish everyone a happy new year. I hope 2020 will bring heaps of success, happiness, and fulfillment for you and your family.

As we look forward to 2020, we need to continue making Mississauga-Malton a place for prosperity, happiness, and peace. This can only be done through collaboration, cooperation, and support of the community. As Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” My office and I are always looking for every possible way to work with the community as we are here to serve you.

Based on your feedback and suggestions, we have created a community wish list for 2020. This year, we want Malton to retain its police station, add a new track and field facility for youth, bring a Service Ontario centre to Malton, and build higher safety and security of residents through neighborhood watch programs throughout the riding.

All of these projects are only possible with your contributions and collaboration. In order to better assist you and increase collaboration, we would like to see the community get more involved. There are various ways to do this. Please join our regular townhalls and roundtable meetings, where we hold active discussions on local needs and priorities. You can join us on community days to volunteer and make an immediate difference in the community. We also have annual events such as the STEM workshop for children, Family Paint Night and Thanksgiving lunch and regular open houses. There are many ways to get involved so there is an opportunity for everyone to contribute.

Once again, I want to wish everyone a blessed new year and I hope to see many more members of the community joining hands. Let's together make Mississauga-Malton a beautiful place to live. Please feel free to contact my team, we are always present for you.


New Year Wishes From All of Us!

Queen's Park Update

Helping Kids Stay Active and Healthy

For the 2019-20 school year, Ontario is investing $13.5 million to support 117 organizations through the After School Program. In our riding, the ECLYPSE After School Program and Malton Neighbourhood Services have received a total of $185,166.

They will be using this to invest in activities for children and youth that focus on:

  • physical activity, recreation, and sport to encourage active lifestyles
  • healthy eating and nutrition education to help combat childhood obesity
  • personal health and wellness education to promote self-esteem

The government is pleased to support local organizations to deliver this vital program to their communities. Their work ensures kids living in high-priority neighbourhoods have safe, supervised sports and recreation programming during the school year.

Our Christmas Open House

To launch the festive season and give residents a chance to visit the Mississauga-Malton Community Office, I hosted my 2nd Annual Christmas Open House.
Held on Saturday, December 14 from 1 pm to 4 pm, the event provided an opportunity for residents to meet my staff and me in a relaxed environment over coffee and Christmas treats.
I also gave a tour of the office and a snapshot of the working procedure for all the attendees. We updated residents on progress made in Mississauga-Malton during the year and discussed the importance of working together to ensure 2020 is another positive and productive year.
Residents also made significant contributions to the Blessing Bags Project. This is the second year the office is facilitating this initiative, all proceeds of which will be donated to organizations that work with those in need, and is accepting donations of undergarments, socks, and gloves until February 15. If anyone would like to contribute, please contact the Community Office at 7895 Tranmere Drive, Unit 20 via e-mail ([email protected]) or phone (905-696-0367) and staff members will be happy to assist.
I want to thank all those who attended and look forward to meeting many more residents in the coming year.

Updates to Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

I made an announcement regarding changes to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) on Thursday, December 19.
In Ontario, it is not uncommon for companies to have a shortage of skilled labour available to employ. For example, one trucking company indicated that they had 20 trucks that sat idle in their lot when they could have been transporting vital goods across the province. Many small and rural communities have also been hit especially hard recently and do not have enough people to work in their manufacturing businesses.
This is why the provincial government has reached out to the federal government to discuss allowing more immigrants to come via the OINP. The OINP is an immigration program that allows them to be nominated by the province for Permanent Residence provided that they contribute meaningfully to the provincial economy. 
The Conference Board of Canada has cited that immigrants will account for all of Canada’s net labour force growth—3.7 million workers—between 2018 and 2040. In light of this, the province has requested for an additional 1000 nominations in 2019 but only received 50 more. As a result, some of the program’s more popular job offerings were paused several times in 2019 as the program is oversubscribed as demand from businesses continues to outweigh our annual nominations.
The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade has also made it easier for immigrants to move to Canada via the entrepreneur stream by reducing the required net worth and personal investment threshold.  This will help more entrepreneurial immigrants move to Ontario and aid in our growing economy as well as provide new jobs. If their proposed business will be located:
  • Within the Greater Toronto Area, they must have a minimum net worth of 800,000 CDN.
  • Outside of the Greater Toronto Area they must have a minimum net worth of $400,000 CDN. 
  • If their proposed business communications sector then regardless of location, must have a minimum net worth of $400,000 CDN.
For businesses within the information and communications technology/digital communications sector, regardless of location, they must also make a minimum personal investment of $200,000 CDN and control at least one-third of the equity in the business.
There are also changes to the OINP categories. New skilled worker categories such as truck drivers and personal support workers have been added as eligible occupations. Moreover, further occupations are currently being proposed under the program - especially in manufacturing.
Through Special Talent Referral Draws, the Ontario Government will help eligible employers get the unique and specialized talent they need, faster.


More Support for Long-Term Care in Mississauga

On December 17, I was with the Minister of Long-Term Care and my Mississauga MPP colleagues at the Cooksville Care Centre to announce Ontario is funding specialized long-term care support for residents with complex needs through its Behavioural Specialized Unit pilot program. The pilot program will help relieve hospital capacity pressures by helping patients with complex behaviours move from hospitals to long-term care homes faster.

As part of the pilot program, Cooksville Care Centre will receive funding to enhance its existing specialized unit. The 30-bed unit will provide support for long-term care home residents with behavioural challenges, including those with persistent or severe behaviours related to dementia.

The Behavioural Specialized Units will: 

  • ensure patients waiting for long-term care receive timely access to appropriate and high-quality health care, thereby reducing unnecessary hospital admissions;

  • increase specialized staff capacity at the home with additional care staff such as nurse practitioners, registered nurses and personal support workers; and-

  • prepare homes to better address the needs of specialized populations that cannot be met in the general population of the home.

Behavioural Specialized Units will provide residents with behavioural challenges the appropriate care they need and eventually bring residents to a point where other nursing staff can provide them with quality care as well.

Mississauga Will Host the 2020 Ontario Summer Games

Congratulations Mississauga on being selected as the host of the 2022 Ontario Summer Games. The Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, my fellow Mississauga MPPs and I were happy to share this news on December 17.

The Games are the province’s largest multi-sport event for athletes aged 12 to 18 with 3,500 participants competing in 19 sports. Hosting the 2022 Games will provide a boost to Mississauga’s economy, with an estimated economic impact of more than $5 million.

In addition, through the 2019-20 Ontario Sport Hosting Program, two other major sporting events are coming to Mississauga this year: the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships (January 13-19) and the 2020 Karate Canada Junior National Championships (May 1-3).

In addition to the positive impact on the local economy, hosting these events will also leave a lasting legacy for our athletes in terms of infrastructure.

Malton Neighborhood Watch

When long-time Mississauga-Malton resident Jaspreet Sohal approached our office with concerns about safety in her neighbourhood and what she could do about it, we were happy to connect her with SafeCity Mississauga. This facilitated the formation of A Neighbourhood Watch on Keenan Crescent, the first-ever Neighbourhood Watch in Malton.

Jaspreet was the guiding force behind the area completing the activation process for a Neighbourhood Watch, which includes several steps, such as securing minimum neighbourhood participation of 25 homes or 50 percent and undergoing a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design audit.

Neighbourhood Watch is an organized group of neighbours looking out for one another, and each other’s property. The no-cost program focuses on neighbourhood transparency and encourages residents to be aware of crime and suspicious activity that may be happening around them.

In a Neighbourhood Watch, the objective is that incidents are reported, not only to the police but also (anonymously) with your neighbours. The Mississauga Neighbourhood Watch program remains one of the largest crime prevention programs in partnership with and delivered alongside the Peel Regional Police.

Kudos to Jaspreet for taking the initiative!

For more information or to start a Neighbourhood Watch in your neighbourhood, please contact us.

Picture Credit: Riziero Vertolli/Torstar

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Out and About in December

At Trillium Health Partners and Heart House Hospice announcement At the Gandhian Initiative for Development of Support Services event Fire & Emergency Services' Fall 2019 Recruit Class Graduation
Handing out chocolates to MaltonGo Commuters for Christmas Enjoying the performances by our youth At the Canadian Malayalee Association's Christmas Gala
Starting Christmas Day with mass and breakfast At Settle at Toronto's Christmas Gala

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