“I am very glad that Ontario has made this investment in Halton Regional Police and in police forces across the province. Community safety is a top priority of our government, and this funding will go towards combatting gun and gang violence, sexual violence and harassment, human trafficking, mental health and addictions and hate-motivated crime.”Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP

$267 Million in Supports to Improve Community Safety

Ontario is investing $7,206,639 over three years to provide Halton Regional Police Service with significant new resources to safeguard Halton Region.

Across Ontario, 90 police service boards are receiving funding through the Community Safety and Policing Grant Program for 147 public safety initiatives. These initiatives focus on priorities such as gun and gang violence, sexual violence and harassment, human trafficking, mental health and addictions and hate-motivated crime.

With Premier Doug Ford, Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark, MPP Stephen Crawford and Save Glen Abbey community volunteers, it was an honour to visit Oakville Town Hall to receive the Key to the Town Award from Mayor Rob Burton for protecting and conserving the Glen Abbey cultural heritage landscape.

I know how important preserving Glen Abbey was to our community in Oakville and I was proud to work closely with my colleague Stephen Crawford and the community to deliver on our commitment.

I met 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 honoured to meet with Father Michael Loza from St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church to announce the receipt of a Faith-Based Grant from the Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturalism. It was also helpful to discuss the initiatives the Ontario government has taken to support Ukrainians and their families fleeing the war in Ukraine arriving in Ontario.

It was a pleasure to attend the in-person performance of Rent by the BurlOak Theatre Group at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts and to announce $42,100 in funding by the Ontario Government. Established in 1976, the BurlOak Theatre Group is one of the longest standing community theatre groups in Oakville. This funding support delivered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, allowed BOTG to maintain its studio, invest in safety measures and video editing to produce virtual productions. Congratulations on this great news!

Happy Vaisakhi! Wishing all Sikh Ontarians, a happy and joyous holiday as you celebrate the founding of the Khalsa and the strength and resilience of the Sikh community. From my family to yours, I wish you a happy and blessed Vaisakhi!

I was very pleased to join Heartache2Hope’s board meeting to hear about the important work they do to support survivors of suicide loss. Our government is committed to providing key Investments in mental health to expand programs, counselling and support. More than 60 individuals are bereaved by suicide every single day in Canada and in 2020 Heartache2Hope provided 400 Grief Support Sessions to survivors of suicide loss. Thank you for all you do in our Halton community and beyond.

I hope that everyone in our community has a very blessed Easter this weekend. As you gather with your family, friends, and loved ones to celebrate Easter, I wish you nothing but peace, love, and happiness. From my family to yours, Happy Easter!

Expanding Access to COVID-19 Antivirals

The Ontario government is expanding eligibility for COVID-19 antiviral treatments and PCR testing to more high-risk individuals. Doing so will offer increased protection to the most vulnerable and ensure hospital capacity remains stable.
Effective immediately, the following higher-risk groups are eligible to be tested and assessed for antiviral treatments, such as Paxlovid, in Ontario:

  • Individuals aged 18 and over who are immunocompromised (have an immune system that is weakened by a health condition or medications);
  • Individuals aged 70 and over;
  • Individuals aged 60 and over with fewer than three vaccine doses; and
  • Individuals aged 18 and over with fewer than three vaccine doses and at least one risk condition (e.g., a chronic medical condition)

Anyone who is eligible for an assessment is now also eligible for a PCR test at any testing centre in Ontario.

Advances Work on New Ultra-Low Overnight Electricity Rate

The Ontario government is advancing work to deliver a new optional ultra-low overnight Time-of-Use (TOU) electricity price plan, as part of its plan to provide consumers with more ways to keep costs down, save money, and take control of their energy bills. According to a report released by Ontario’s independent energy regulator, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), the new rate could save customers who switch up to $90 per year. At the same time the new rate will support electric vehicle (EV) adoption and the province’s growing EV manufacturing industry by decreasing overnight charging costs when province-wide electricity demand is lower.

Emergency Relief Community Sport and Recreation Grant

The Ontario Sport Network has been appointed by the province to deliver a one-time application-based relief fund targeting community level sport and recreation organizations, clubs, teams, leagues, and associations that have sustained losses due to COVID-19. Grants will be issued to organizations that demonstrate the greatest financial need and a strategy to use the grant to sustain their programming.

Applications are accepted until Friday April 29th, 2022, at 5:00pm. Application information and webinar available at: Grants (ontariosportnetwork.ca)

Seniors Community Grants

Seniors Community Grants, ranging from $1,000 and up to $25,000, help community organizations provide opportunities for greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement for older adults, from the safety of their homes or other safe environments. Programming can be delivered remotely, virtually, or in-person with proper health control measures in place.
With the health and safety of Ontario’s older adults being more important than ever, the goal of the program is to address social isolation and help older adults stay healthy, safe and engaged in their communities. If you wish to apply you must submit your application by April 28, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Apply for funding.

Program guidelines: Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility, Seniors Community Grants 2022-23 Program Guidelines

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your project proposal, you may contact a Regional Development Advisor as early in the application period as needed.

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.

Expanding Degree Options at Publicly Assisted Colleges

As of April 11, Ontario’s public colleges will be able to develop new three-year degree programs and additional four-year degree programs to address gaps in the province’s labour needs. These new programs will help prepare job-ready graduates to support the growth of Ontario’s auto sector, build roads, highways, hospitals and long-term care homes.

An Act to Proclaim Ontario Cadets Week Receives Royal Assent

This week my colleague MPP Toby Barret saw his Private Members Bill, An Act to Proclaim Ontario Cadets Week, receive Royal Assent in the Ontario Legislature. From now on, every year, Cadets Week will commence the first Saturday of October.
Proclaiming Ontario Cadets Week will honour the outstanding young Canadians whose unique personal and collective development through cadet programs will help them be successful in Canadian society, as well as recognizing those who support the programs directly and indirectly.

Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship Presented to Recipients of 2019 and 2020

Congratulations to Oakville North-Burlington resident, Walter Dermott, on receiving the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship from Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Established in 1973, the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship honours individuals for their outstanding contributions to the well-being of their communities throughout the province. Your exceptional efforts to civic well-being are truly appreciated by our entire community. Congratulations!

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

Oakville Celebrates Earth Week

Earth Day Cleanup

Organized by the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights
Join us at one of more than 50 organized event locations on Saturday, April 23 from 9-11 a.m. New this year: Afternoon cleanup event at Kerr Street and North Service Road on Saturday, April 23 from 2-4 p.m.

Earth Week Challenge

Do you love a challenge? Participate in the Earth Week Challenge from the comfort of your own home! Download the GooseChase app and enter code Oakville2022 to play!

Complete daily missions for a chance to win a prize! Missions will be posted daily from April 18 to 24. Every mission completed earns you a chance to win a 72-hour preparedness kit.

For more information about Earth Week events in the Town of Oakville https://www.oakville.ca/environment/town-environmental-initiatives.html

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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.