“Under Premier Ford’s leadership, our government is delivering more schools across the province to support the needs of Ontario’s students, families and growing communities. What this means for our community is five new schools in four years – four years. A total of $123 million for five new schools and their childcare spaces. The new fifth school will he home to 788 students and their teachers and will include 88 childcare spaces. This desperately needed school will provide quality, state-of-the art, modern education for students in our fast-growing community.”– Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP
Ontario Building Fifth New School in Oakville North-Burlington through Capital Priorities Progra
Ontario Building Fifth New School in Oakville North-Burlington through Capital Priorities Program
Thursday the Minister of Education Stephen Lecce joined me at Dr. David R. Williams Public School in Oakville to announce Ontario’s funding of $500 Million for the 2022-2023 Capital Priorities Program. This funding will support the creation of 15,693 student and 1,502 childcare spaces across the province.
We thank Minister Lecce for delivering on his commitment to build more schools in our community. And thank you to our community partners who worked with us to get these schools built.
For more information about this announcement: https://www.thestar.com/local-oakville/news/2022/04/21/this-is-progress-education-minister-announces-big-investment-in-building-schools-including-one-in-oakville.html
It was a pleasure to visit St Luke Palermo to recognize its $7,500 grant from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturalism for faith-based organizations. This funding will help cover expenses related to security and safety measures and staff training. I was also able to meet with youth volunteers and thank them for their invaluable contributions to St. Luke’s and our Oakville North-Burlington community.
I was pleased to join the Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy at a business roundtable with the Hellenic Canadian Board of Trade to hear about their business priorities and for the Minister to share our government’s economic priorities in the lead up to the 2022 Budget. Thank you for hosting and the great discussion.
In the Ontario Legislature, I was pleased to respond on behalf of Long-Term Care Minister Paul Calandra, to questions about how our government is fixing long term care and meeting the cultural needs of seniors. The Ontario Government committed to building 30,000 new long term care beds in 10 years and we have 27,148 new beds and 23,504 upgraded beds in our development pipeline. We are fixing LTC in Ontario. We are getting it done!
Bill 37, Providing More Care, Protecting Seniors, and Building More Beds Act, 2021 was proclaimed into law on April 11th. Before the bill was proclaimed I led consultations with stakeholders for regulations for the bill.
Ontario on Track to Build 30,000 New Long-Term Care Beds
The Ontario government is on track to build 30,000 much-needed net new long-term care beds in the province by 2028. Ontario now has 31,705 new and 28,648 upgraded beds in development. This marks an important milestone in the province’s commitment to fixing long-term care, helping to reduce waitlists and providing our seniors the quality of care they deserve.
Moving Forward with Historic GO Rail Expansion
Ontario is modernizing and transforming the GO rail network and bringing frequent, two-way, all-day service to the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The investment will generate thousands of new jobs and create economic opportunities across the region. The project will include adding over 200 kilometres of new track and electrifying over 600 kilometres of track. A new electric train fleet will also be introduced that could reach speeds of 140 kilometres per hour between stations.
$20 Million Investment to Modernize Hamilton Health Sciences
The Ontario government is investing over $20 million to modernize Hamilton Health Sciences. This funding will support planning for the redevelopment of Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre and the expansion of Hamilton General Hospital’s emergency department. This will improve access to services for the growing region around Hamilton, West Niagara and south-central Ontario.
Exploring Increase to Compensation for Injured Workers
Ontario is directing the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to explore an increase in compensation for workers who become injured or ill on the job. The plan to raise benefits would direct more money to injured workers and families, while minimizing the impact on the Board’s financial health and employers’ premium rates.
Currently, the WSIB provides injured workers with payments equal to 85% of their pre-accident take-home pay. The government and the Board are exploring raising this compensation up to 90%. For an injured worker who earns $60,000 a year, this increase could mean an additional $2,315 per year.
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.
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.
Upcoming Events in our Community
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.
For more information about Earth Week events in the Town of Oakville https://www.oakville.ca/environment/town-environmental-initiatives.html
BurlingtonGreen Environmental Association
Earth Day Cleanup
· Saturday, April 23rd at 10:00 AM – 4 PM
· Central Park in Burlington
· Free tree giveaway, an opportunity to meet local EV ambassadors, and pick up complimentary litter clean up supplies · https://www.burlingtongreen.org/events/action-on-climate-earth-day-event/
Food for Life Celebrates the Inaugural Food for GOOD Week
Join Food for Life from April 22nd –29th, 2022, for the Inaugural Food for GOOD Week to educate on the power of rescued surplus food. Municipal Flag Raising and Proclamations are on Friday, April 22 at local municipal offices in Burlington at 9am and Oakville at 11am. Or drop by for Food for Life’s compost Event on Saturday, April 23 in Burlington (2258 Mountainside Dr.) from 10am to 1pm. To support Food for Life you can donate here.
More Important News Stories This week
- Over $1 billion Investment to Redevelop and Expand Unity Health Toronto’s St. Joseph’s Health Centre
- Training Nearly 1,500 People for Plumbing and Piping Careers
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.