Oakville North-Burlington Update – April 8th, 2022

“I know that currently prices are rising for families and businesses in Ontario. This lowering of the gas tax and the fuel tax will help put more money in the pockets of people in our community. I am glad that the government is acting to provide relief to families and our small businesses.”Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP

Cutting Gas and Fuel Taxes for Six Months to Put Money Back in YOUR Pocket

The Ontario government is introducing legislation that would, if passed, cut the gas tax by 5.7 cents per litre and the fuel tax by 5.3 cents per litre for six months beginning July 1, 2022. Vehicle owners in Ontario would see significant direct savings from this proposed gas tax cut and the recently announced elimination of licence plate renewal fees, with households benefitting from an average combined savings of about $465 in 2022.

With Premier Ford, Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark and Save Glen Abbey community volunteers, it was an honour to visit Oakville Town Hall to receive from Mayor Rob Burton the Key to the Town Award for protecting and conserving the Glen Abbey cultural heritage landscape. I know how important preserving Glen Abbey was to our community in Oakville and proud to work closely with my colleague Stephen Crawford and the community to deliver on our commitment.

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It was a pleasure to present a Congratulatory Certificate from Premier Ford recognizing the outstanding contributions to our community of the African Caribbean Council of Halton. Thank you for your important work to advocate, empower and strengthen the African Caribbean Community in Halton.

Pleased to congratulate Xerxes Madan, President of the Ontario Zoroastrian Community Foundation on the receipt of a grant from the Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturalism for faith-based communities. Congratulations on this great news!

Pleased to meet with Mike and Steve from the Oakridge Bible Chapel who recently received a grant to support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural Organizations. This grant program from the Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturalism addresses the need to combat hate-related crimes in our communities.

I was pleased to table a petition in the Ontario legislature on behalf of hundreds of Burlington residents who want to protect the Millcroft golf course lands from development. I am committed to working with our community to help preserve the quality of life of our neighbourhoods.
To view my tabling of petitions this week in the Legislature please click this link.

Supporting Economic Growth in Southwest Ontario
Ontario is taking action to ensure the efficient and timely development of five new electricity transmission infrastructure projects in Southwest Ontario, supporting the significant growth in the manufacturing and greenhouse sectors. The government has issued an Order-in-Council declaring three transmission line projects as priorities, streamlining the Ontario Energy Board’s (OEB) regulatory approval process for these lines.

Providing Support to Victims and Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Human Trafficking
Intimate partner violence and human trafficking are heinous crimes that can have devastating impacts. That’s why Ontario has announced it is investing $5.9 million in projects that protect those at risk and support survivors. I’m pleased that in Halton Region we have received $199,000 in support of Project Darian and Halton Regional Police Service.

 Expanding Access to Special Education Supports
The Ontario government is supporting students with special education needs, along with their parents, through new investments and partnerships that will help them succeed in the classroom. The investments are part of the government’s overall plan to support learning recovery and renewal and address the impacts of learning disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the government’s Priorities and Partnerships Funding (PPF) COVID-19 Equity Supports, Ontario’s new investments in special education include:

Helping Ukrainians Find Jobs in Ontario
At a time when the province has hundreds of thousands of in-demand jobs to be filled, the Ontario government is launching a suite of supports for Ukrainian families arriving under the new emergency travel authorization. This includes a dedicated hotline (1-888-562-4769) and email address (ukrainianjobs@ontario.ca) to connect new arrivals with job search supports and local employers in the community. Measures will ensure that Ukrainian arrivals have access to good paying jobs and economic opportunities, while building on the government’s ongoing efforts to attract, support and protect newcomers. In addition, hundreds of Ontario businesses have offered Ukrainian arrivals employment and assistance.
The Ontario government is also assisting the people of Ukraine by providing $300,000 in humanitarian aid. Ontario’s support has been donated to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation and will be used to support humanitarian purposes, including providing medical aid, emergency shelter and food security in Ukraine.

Mandating a Robust PPE Stockpile to Support Plan to Stay Open
The Ontario government is protecting people against future unforeseen emergencies by introducing legislation to ensure that a healthy and robust stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) and critical supplies and equipment (CSE) is available at all times. The first legislation of its kind in Canada, the Personal Protective Equipment Supply and Production Act, 2022 (PPESPA) will impose requirements for the province to maintain a significant minimum level of critical goods, ready to be deployed to withstand the challenges of extraordinary events without having to rely on unstable foreign supply. A part of Ontario’s Plan to Stay Open, the PPESPA will shore-up the domestic production of critical supplies.

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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.

Address: St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 300 River Oaks Blvd. East, Oakville, ON L6H 5T1

BurlingtonGreen Preparing for Spring with Eco-friendly Activities

BurlingtonGreen Environmental Association has many spring opportunities for you to get involved in to make a positive difference for our environment, right here in Burlington! For more information about BurlingtonGreen’s local initiatives and to participate in spring eco-action events. I encourage everyone to get outdoors and help make a difference in the health of our community!

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.