Ontario lowering fees for families and delivering an average of
$10 a day child care by September 2025

Oakville North-Burlington Update – April 1st, 2022

“I know that many people in our community of Oakville North-Burlington and across Ontario are pleased to see the right deal on childcare with the federal government. Affordable childcare is vital to help working families, our youngest learners, and the economy. I’m so pleased Ontario’s plan will reduce expenses by 25% immediately for families and 50% by Christmas. This represents $4,000. 00 in savings per child for childcare. By 2023, savings will rise to $12,000 per child.”  – Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP

$13.2 Billion Child Care Deal to Lower Fees for Families
 
This week, Premier Ford and Education Minister Lecce announced that the governments of Ontario and Canada have signed the right deal for Ontario families – a $13.2 billion agreement that is lowering fees for families, protecting parental choice, and providing more accessible and high-quality child care, including delivering an average of $10 a day child care by September 2025. Ontario’s deal provides more funding, more sustainability, and more flexibility for parents across the province.

It was a pleasure to attend Anju Katoor’s Holi celebration with many friends from our community. Thank you for inviting me to this colourful and entertaining event. Happy Holi!

It was a pleasure to congratulate Sherif Guorgui, the OnPharm-United recipient of the prestigious Top 100 Healthcare Leaders Award. Thank you for your dedication to the pharmacy profession and commitment to public service, enhancing the quality of life and well-being of Ontario.

I was pleased to mark the 201st Anniversary of Greek Independence with a parade on the Danforth and a wreath-laying at Alexander the Great Parkette. I joined Consul General of Greece in Toronto Victor Maligoudis, Betty Skoutakis, President of the Greek Community of Toronto, Christine Amygdalidis President of the Cypriot Federation of Canada, MPP Aris Babikian, Mayor John Tory, Toronto City Councillor Nick Mantas and other dignitaries.

In honour of Hellenic Heritage Month in the month of March, I profiled exceptional Canadians of Hellenic descent who have made a significant contribution to our nation and made us proud. This week we recognized Canadian media personality George Stroumboulopoulos.

I was pleased to join my colleague MPP Aris Babikian and leaders of the Armenian community in Ontario to celebrate the unanimous support in the Ontario Legislature of Aris Babikian’s Bill 105, Armenian Heritage Month Act, 2022 proclaiming May as Armenian Heritage Month. This is a historic achievement as Ontario is the first legislature in Canada to honour the contributions of Canadians of Armenian origin to Canadian society. I look forward to celebrating May as Armenian Heritage Month every year in Ontario! Click this link to view my speech on Armenian Heritage Month in the Ontario Legislature.

In the Ontario Legislature, I asked the Minister of Education Stephen Lecce about Ontario’s Childcare plan. Affordable childcare is vital to help working families and our youngest learners in Oakville North-Burlington.
To view my question to Minister Lecce in the Ontario Legislature please click here. 

In the Ontario Legislature I asked the Minister of Government and Consumer Services Ross Romano how the new Digital Dealership Registration (DDR) process is contributing to service delivery in our province and innovate how we do business in Ontario.

Once fully implemented, DDR will help move online up to 4.8 million dealership registration transactions annually, including the registration of pre-owned vehicles, vehicle transfers, and vehicle permit replacements, all of which must currently be conducted in person. This process is great news for the Ontario auto sector.
To view my question to Minister Romano in the Ontario Legislature please click here.

Ontario Introduces a Plan to Stay Open

Ontario is introducing A Plan to Stay Open, which includes legislation that, if passed, will expand on policies and measures already in place to ensure the province is able to stay open by building a stronger, more resilient health care system that is better able to respond to crisis. A Plan to Stay Open, which includes the Pandemic and Emergency Preparedness Act, 2022, will, if passed, recruit and retain more doctors, nurses and personal support workers, further expand domestic production of critical supplies like masks and vaccines and will continue building health care infrastructure so hospitals have the capacity to delver high-quality care to treat more patients.
Ontario Introduces Plan to Crack Down on Market Speculation, Protect Homebuyers, and Increase Housing Supply
 
Today, the Ontario government introduced legislation that, if passed, will support a plan to crack down on speculators who are driving up the cost of housing, protect homebuyers from predatory development practices, and create more housing options for homeowners and renters by accelerating development timelines to get more homes built faster. The More Homes for Everyone Act outlines the next suite of concrete actions the province is taking to address Ontario’s housing crisis. This plan, built on recommendations from the Housing Affordability Task Force and the first-ever Provincial-Municipal Housing Summit, will deliver both near-term solutions and long-term commitments to provide more attainable housing options for Ontario families.

Province Breaks Ground on Ontario Line
 
The province has officially broken ground on the Ontario Line Exhibition Station, marking the start of construction for the new subway line that will support the delivery of better and faster transit for the Greater Toronto Area.
 
The province has released the initial renderings of 14 stations along the 15.6 kilometre Ontario Line that will provide rapid transit between Exhibition/Ontario Place and the Ontario Science Centre. The initial station renderings show early planning and design concepts for the Ontario Line stations, which will connect to more than 40 other transit routes, including GO train lines, existing TTC subway and streetcar lines, and the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit line.

Upcoming Events in our Community

St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church Food Fundraiser

St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in our community has organized a fundraiser where 10% of sales go to humanitarian aid in Ukraine. Until April 15, this homemade Ukrainian food is available for takeaway at St. Joseph’s Thursdays 1-5pm or Saturdays 10:30-1:30pm.

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Oakville North-Burlington Spirit Awards
 
In recent months, I have been proud to honour a number of volunteers who have contributed to our community during the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you for your community spirit. If you would like to nominate a member of our community who has gone above and beyond to contribute to the community during the pandemic, please contact my office and let me know.