September 2021 E-Newsletter

Published on November 02, 2021


Message from Your MPP


Dear Neighbours,

We’re officially in the month of September as we enjoy the last days of summer, approach the brisk winds of autumn and enter a new school year! To students in Mississauga-Malton and across Ontario: Best of Success for the 2021-22 school year.

I hope everyone enjoyed their summer break and spent quality time with friends and family. Thanks to the resilience of Team Ontario, we are able to enjoy more activities, we love, with public health guidelines in place. Just last month, I visited Carrassauga’s first-ever drive-in Festival of Cultures with my daughter and experienced wonderful performances from Ontario musicians like Thunder Bay’s Coleman Hell!

As we head into the Labour-day long weekend, I can feel the excitement to head back to the classroom and learn together with friends, fellow classmates, and teachers. I want to assure you; our government is taking necessary measures to ensure our kids are safe and can enjoy their classes throughout the year.

To support both in-person and remote learning, the government is providing over $1.6 billion in resources to schools. This includes new supports such as 1600+ new HEPA units for classrooms in Peel, take home tests for high school students and additional school-focused vaccine clinics to ensure our youth can get vaccinated with comfort and ease.

While we ring in the start of the school year, let’s remember to do our part by following all public health guidelines and if you haven’t already, please get vaccinated as soon as possible. With over 83.7% Peel residents 12+ vaccinated with a first dose and 75.2% of eligible population with a 2nd dose, we are in our last mile.

Wishing students, staff, and parents a safe, successful, and bright school year ahead! In the words of the world's youngest Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousufzai, “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world”.

 

Sincerely,

 


Applications Now Open: Virtual Model Parliament for Youth!


Calling grade 10-12 students in Mississauga-Malton! To join an informative and engaging forum about current events and provincial issues, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario is inviting you to apply for the 2021 Virtual Model Parliament Program. Through the program, you can come together with fellow students from across the province to learn about the provincial parliament and how the democratic process works. The 10-week virtual setting will allow you to take on the role of a Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) and participate in an live debate with other young Ontarians like you! 

Eligible Students: 

  • attend grades 10 to 12 in Ontario at the time of the program;

  • provide 1 letter of recommendation written by a teacher, principal, vice principal or guidance counselor to support your application;

  • Complete the online application including the 3 long answer questions. 

  • Submit an application online by Sept 15th, 2021 

I encourage you to apply for this unique opportunity today! If you have any questions about the application process, contact our office at 905-696-0367. 

 

 

 


Investing in Ontario


to help municipalities and Indigenous community partners deliver critical services, create longer-term housing solutions and protect homeless shelter staff and residents. The funding will support individuals and families experiencing homelessness by adding to rent banks, building affordable housing, and supporting plans to prepare for potential future outbreaks and/or emergencies.


over four years to increase access to critical rehabilitation services for children and youth with special needs. The investment will build additional service capacity and reduce wait times in the children’s services sector. This will help providers serve up to 10,000 more preschool-aged children with speech and language needs and up to 47,000 more children and youth with rehabilitation needs every year. 


to extend the temporary wage increase for personal support workers and direct support workers for the 3rd time since its initial investment last year. This increase will continue until October 31, 2021 and support our frontline health care workers as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. 


to bring high-speed internet to almost 26,000 rural Ontario households in the Golden Horseshoe through a join-investment with the federal government. 

 


To help festival and event organizers deliver innovative and safe experiences that allow people to safely reconnect with their communities through the Reconnect Festival and Event Program. The funding can be used for eligible expenses such as programming and production, marketing, mobile applications and website development, and making sure health and safety measures are put in place to keep audiences safe.


to improve community, culture, and active transportation infrastructure in Toronto through a joint investment with the federal government and community partners. The investment will help provide safer access to quality, cultural and recreational facilities, encourage families and residents to reconnect and stay active. 


to further improve ventilation in schools bringing new investments in school ventilation to $600 million. This funding will ensure all occupied classrooms, gyms, libraries and other instructional spaces without mechanical ventilation have standalone high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter units, including JK and SK classrooms. 

To develop larger-scale collaboration projects aimed at enhancing the health and safety of workers and increasing productivity under the new Innovator Stream. Funding eligibility will include targeted, specialized, high-impact projects that pilot or demonstrate cutting-edge technology.


To help Ontario food and beverage processors improve their operationsincrease their competitive edge and adapt to challenges as we move beyond the pandemic. Projects eligible for the Canadian Agriculture Partnership will implementing new technology to improve food safety, develop new products to increase revenue and ensure animal health through the prevention of disease and it's spread. 


over 3 years for the Wauzhushk Onigum Nation to carry out work related to identify burial sites related to St. Mary’s Indian Residential School. Funding will support local research, engagement and knowledge gathering; memorialization and commemoration; and bringing children home.

To revitalize the Spadina Museum National Historic Site to improve accessibility along the pathways leading from the street to museum entrances and work on the exterior of the building that will include weatherproofing and restoration of existing windows and doors. This is a join-investment with the federal and provincial government and City of Toronto. 


To support the rehabilitation of active transportation infrastructure and networks in 16 communities throughout Ontario. This funding will help improve the quality and amount of active transportation options for residents and visitors, including those with limited mobility.


over 2 years to provide new and recently hired personal support workers (PSWs) and nurses with financial incentives to encourage them to work in retirement homes. Through the Recruitment and Retention Incentive Program, PSWs will receive an incentive payment of $5,000 for a six-month commitment and nurses will receive $10,000 for a one-year commitment to work in a retirement home.


To expand on-the-job training for 350 young people in creative industries like film, music, gaming and animation. The initiative is focused on youth over 16 with disabilities, who are newcomers to Ontario, Indigenous or Black. 


The investment will help BIOSA Technologies scale up production of an anti-viral and anti-bacterial textile material for use in personal protective equipment (PPE) product. This investment will strengthen Ontario’s domestic manufacturing capacity, support homegrown technologies and innovative solutions and strengthen Ontario’s MedTech ecosystem.


To support and promote mental health in Ontario’s farming and rural communities. The funding initiatives include Survey on farmer mental health and agricultural literacy of mental health professionals, community and workplace supports for the mental health of international agricultural workers in Ontario, and survey on mental health impacts of disruptive events in rural Ontario. 


Through the Ontario Together Fund to support the delivery of the Ontario Centre of Innovation’s (OCI) Ontario Innovation ShowcaseThe showcase will provide up to 18 companies that made submissions to the Ontario Together portal with the opportunity to participate in a competition for six $50,000 grants. It will also provide an opportunity for up to 26 companies that made submissions to the portal to participate in a virtual reverse trade show.

 


Investing in Mississauga-Malton 


Through Ontario's Small Business Support Grant, Mississauga-Malton business have received over $50 million in funding to help recover from COVID-19. 


over $30.7 million and over $19.3 million allocated to Peel District School Board and Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board to ensure ventilation and filtration in Peel schools. 


$12 million in Social Services Relief funding to help Peel and Indigenous program partners in Peel respond to COVID-19. 


rehabilitation and expansion of trail infrastructure in conservation areas located in Caledon, Erin, Halton Hills, and Mississauga. Work includes rehabilitating four pedestrian bridges, constructing three new pedestrian bridges, expanding trails by 2.8 km, and rehabilitating 3.1 km of boardwalk. 


$800,000 in the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives through join provincial, federal and municipal investment. The funding will help upgrade PAMA’s heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems to create a more comfortable environment for visitors.


nearly $75,000 in a new machining centre at its Mississauga-Malton based Guide Woodworking through the Ontario Together Fund. The investment will help the company gain the capacity to design and produce about 500 acrylic protective barriers each month for workplaces, including reception areas and service counters.

Queen's Park Update 


Vaccination Proof Required in Select Settings

As of September 22, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access select public settings. This includes but is not limited to: 

  • Indoor Restaurants and bars 
  • Nightclubs 
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls, convention centres
  • Facilities used for sports, fitness and recreational activities 
  • Sporting events
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas 

The government will so provide an enhanced vaccine certificate with a unique QR code beginning October 22. Click here for more information and exemptions. 

 

 


Renewal Requirements for Government-Issued ID 

Ontario is reinstating renewal requirements for driver’s licences, licence plate stickers, Ontario Photo Cards, Ontario health cards, and other ids that would have expired on or after March 1, 2020, but were extended to provide immediate relief to Ontarians during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To ensure everyone has enough time to renew, Ontario has extended the renewal deadlines for most driver’s licences, licence plate stickers, and Ontario Photo Cards and health cards until February 28, 2022. To renew your provincial documents, use ServiceOntario’s convenient and easy-to-use online option or visit a nearby location in person.  

 

 


Extended: Wage Increase for Personal Support Workers 

The government is extending the wage enhancement for over 158,000 workers who deliver publicly funded personal support or direct support services in hospitals, long-term care, home and community care and social services until October 31, 2021.

This includes:

  • $3 per hour for approximately 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.

Coming Soon: Additional Road Test Centres in Mississauga 

Four more temporary road test centres will be opened in the coming weeks to serve Mississauga, southwestern Ontario, Niagara Region and the Ottawa area. In addition to opening temporary centres, Ontario is hiring an additional 251 temporary driver examiners, extending weekday operating hours for passenger road testing and offering passenger road tests on Saturdays and Sundays at select locations to clear the backlog of road tests. Click below to book your road test and get moving! 

 

 

 
 

 

Updating Vaccination Policy  

 

To protect vulnerable patients and staff in settings where the risk of COVID-19 and variants is higher, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued a directive mandating hospitals and home and community care service providers to have a COVID-19 vaccination policy for employees, staff, contractors, students and volunteers, and for ambulance services to have a COVID-19 vaccination policy for paramedics.

The vaccination policy must be effective no later than September 7, 2021, and at a minimum will require these individuals to provide proof of one of 3 things:

  • Full vaccination against COVID-19;
  • A medical reason for not being vaccinated against COVID-19; or
  • Completion of a COVID-19 vaccination educational session.


Effective Ventilation in Schools


Our government is committed to ensuring our kids in Mississauga-Malton and across Ontario will have a safe return to school. As part of Ontario's back to school plan, the province is providing 1660 new HEPA filter units & funding for 500 additional units to ensure air quality in Region of Peel schools. On August 30, I was delighted to join Minister of Education & MPP colleagues to deliver stand-alone HEPA units to JK/SK classes at Fernforest Public School. 

Over $30.7 million have been allocated to Peel District School Board and over $19.3 million to Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board to ensure ventilation and filtration. Thank you to school trustees, staff, and teachers for working together to improve the air quality, filtration and operation of HVAC and heating and ventilation systems in classrooms so students can enjoy in-person learning safely.  

 


Ontario's Last-Mile Strategy


With over 83% of eligible Ontarians aged 12+ have received 1 dose of the vaccine and 75% have received both doses, the government is continuing it's last mile strategy to reach eligible individuals who have yet to receive their first or second dose. To support this strategy the province is:

  • working together with public health units and is shift focus from mass vaccination clinics and focusing on smaller, community based & easy to access settings i.e mobile clinics. 

  • the provincial booking line is contacting Ontarians to remind them to rebook their 2nd dose appointments. There have been 110,000-second dose appointments successfully booked/rebooked this way.

  • Public Health are partnering with Elementary Secondary school board & College & Universities to make vaccines readily available for all the students returning to school.

 

A key component of Ontario's Last Mile Strategy is to bring vaccines directly to residents where they are located through mobile clinics including the GO-VAXX bus. The GO-VAXX buses have been travelling to malls, festivals, community hubs and events during the summer across the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region, including Region of Peel. Each bus operates as a fully functioning vaccine clinic with the necessary supplies and trained staff to provide assistance to people and ensure vaccines are administered safely. I'm thrilled to share that the Ontario’s GO-VAXX bus clinic has administered 1,100 vaccine doses (42% of which were first dose) to date. Thank you to Metrolinx, community partners, our healthcare hereos, volunteers for helping residents roll up their sleeves on a bus. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the GO-VAXX clinic in Westwood Square with the                                      Four Corners Health Team 

 

Dropped by the GO-VAXX stop over at Ontario Khalsa Darbar with community partners, Indus Community Services and                               Punjabi Community Health Services. 

 


A Job You'll Never Trade


I had the opportunity to tour Metalworks Institute, 17 times Trophy winner of Canada's "Recording Studio of the Year". Offering certificates and diplomas in live music, recording music, entertainment business and music performance, Metalworks is training youth for the job of their dreams. I would like to thank the Minister of Labour, Trade and Skills Development and Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries for championing vibrant careers in Ontario's entertainment industry. Our government is committed to ensuring our youth have well-paying jobs where they can pursue their passions at the same time. To learn about Metalworks and the programs they offer, visit: metalworksinstitute.com 


Supporting Ontario's Circular Economy 


Businesses across Ontario continue to drive innovation and economic growth during the the road to recovery. Last month, I was thrilled to visit Mississauga-Malton based business E Cycle Solutions and meet with their hardworking & passionate Team. This local business is providing residents with electronic recycling solutions that are secure, convenient, and environmentally friendly. I encourage you to visit www.ecyclesolutions.com and learn more about how you can safely dispose of your e-waste and support the economy. If you have any tips for recycling electronic materials, contact our office at 905-696-0367. 


Waste Free Wednesday


Earlier this week, I joined the Derry Village Seniors Group and the Mississauga-Malton Youth Council for a Waste Free Wednesday. Shoutout to our amazing seniors and youth for working together to keep local parks clean and beautiful for everyone enjoy. Thank you to PA Andrea Khanjin for joining us with your team and initiating a summer clean-up across Ontario through this important initiative. As we enjoy the warm weather, I encourage you to get outside and pick-up litter in your neighbourhood. Let's keep Mississauga-Malton clean and green!


Getting Ontarians on the Road


On August 30, I joined the Minister of Transportation and MPP colleagues for a tour of the Hurontario LRT, one of the largest infrastructure projects in Ontario. The Hurontario LRT will provide more reliable transit choices to Peel Region, as it continues to grow rapidly. I was thrilled to see the progress in construction of the transit line, thanks to the Metrolinx team helping Ontarians ride smoothly and safely. 


International Youth Day 

August 12 is International Youth Day! In Mississauga, 1 of 6 residents are a young adult. I’m so impressed by how our young generation is passionate to tackle the issues of the day – climate change, health care, and affordable housing, to name a few. In my Office, I’ve personally witnessed the responsibility and excellence demonstrated by our young adult team. If you or someone you know is a youth that wants to discuss their thoughts or concerns, my door is always open for a quick coffee and chat. 

World Humanitarian Day  

 

August 19 marks World Humanitarian Day. I would like to give a shout out to all aid workers helping those in need in crisis zones. Our aid workers put their lives on the risk to save others and ensure they are safe from harm. I encourage everyone to share your support for a local aid organization or a cause close to your heart. Thank you to aid workers, volunteers and support teams for keeping our neighbourhoods and global communities safe. 

 


Townhall for Residents 


On August 24, I joined Mississauga-Malton residents for an Education Townhall. We were joined by special guest Dr. Monica Hau, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Peel Public Health who provided us with a COVID19 update and spoke about safety measures in place to ensue a safe return to school. 
Thank you to Minister of Education for joining the discussion and sharing more information about Ontario's 2021-22 Back to School Plan. Our government is providing additional 20,000 HEPA units, at-home tests and over $1.6 billion in COVID-19 resources to ensure students and teachers can safely enjoy learning in the classroom. 

Community Food Drive - Round 2! 


On August 8, 21 and 22nd, I joined residents at Netherwood Road, Acorn Place and Benavon Road. for round 2 of Mississauga-Malton's Community Food Drives. Thank you to Sukhvinder Sharma, Keyur Patel and Angie Munnick and fellow neighbours for coming together during the pandemic to support one another and others who require help. It was inspiring to see many youth come out to donate essential food supplies and support their community. See below for list of most needed food and personal care items in Mississauga. 

 

 

 

Thanks to the outstanding generosity of community members, from youth to seniors to individuals of all ages, we have collected over 1,500 lbs of food donations over this summer! Shoutout to all neighbours for joining hands to help those in need during the pandemic. If you would like to host a food drive in your neighbourhood and need support, contact our office at 905-696-0367 or send us email at [email protected] 


Celebrating our Frontline Heroes 


Independent Pharmacy Day

August 31st marks Independent Pharmacy Day! Ontario has over 2500 Independent pharmacies who ensure Ontarians have access to health services they need before and during the pandemic. I was thrilled to drop by Allwell Pharmacy, located in Mississauga-Malton, who have been working around the clock since the start of the pandemic to provide residents with essential medicine, including COVID19 vaccines. Thank you to Mukesh, Jamin & the entire AllWell team for your hard work and passion to keep us healthy and safe. I encourage everyone to join me in saying thank you to our local pharmacies, a strong pillar of our communities. 

National Convenience Store Week 


Since the start of the pandemic, convenience stores operators and staff have been working around the clock to ensure Ontarians have access to their daily essentials. As we celebrated Ontario's 8,500 Convenience Stores and their hardworking teams for supporting communities during COVID19, I was thrilled to join the Circle K at Rexwood and Derry Rd and their wonderful staff. 

 

 

 

 


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Out and About in the Community  


At the 9th Annual Ride for Raja, taking place at Peel Children's Aid Society. Thank you to the Mandeep Singh Cheema Charitable Foundation, Micca Cheema Gill and riders for coming together to raise support for children and youth in Peel. 

Shoutout to the Brampton Samajam for hosting the 11th Anniversary of the Canadian Nehru Trophy Boat Race, otherwise knows as the Brampton Boat Race. Wonderful celebrating the auspicious festival of Onam with an energetic group of participants partaking in yet another exciting competition this year. 

 

 

Pleasure to join Punjabi Community Health Services 2021 Annual General Meeting with an informative COVID Update from Dr. Lawrence Loh. Thank you to CEO        Baldev Mutta and the PCHS Team for supporting the health & well-being of families and individuals in       Malton and across Peel.

Thrilled to meet Ontario artist, Colemen Hell at the 36th opening ceremonies of Carassauga's first ever drive-in festival. Shoutout to the entire team of the Festival of Cultures for showcasing the beauty of our local and global communities.

A pleasure to join the Malayali Association of Social Workers of Ontario members during their fun-filled cultural event, Rythm 2021. It was a joy to visually experience the musical talents of participants. 

 

With the incredible youth from Fueling Healthy Minds, who  who have been passionately volunteering this summer to provide kids nutritious breakfast to start their day. 

Visited ContactPoint 360, Mississauga-Malton based business named on the 2020 list of Best Workplaces in Ontario. During the pandemic, their team has been working hard to support COVID-19 tracking, vaccine management, and quality patient-care. 

Productive conversation with Anna from Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services, who are helping seniors stay active and healthy. Their Seniors Connected Program provides security reassurance checks, friendly phone calls, and connects older adults to culturally appropriate services. 

Visiting Mr. Kane, who's team is keeping Malton residents hydrated in the heat with their amazing                     Natural Beverages Sugar Cane-Smoothies. 


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