Oakville North-Burlington Update – August 13th, 2021
 
“With the release of health and safety measures for schools, students have a safe path to return to a more normal, in-person, full-time learning environment, which is critical to their mental and physical health. We are following the best expert advice by ensuring all schools have improved air ventilation, including deploying an additional 20,000 HEPA units, in total over 70,000 ventilation devices, to help ensure schools remain as safe as possible. With the work we have done, I am confident we will keep students and staff safe in our schools as we reopen for the 2021-22 school year.” – Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce.Ontario Releases Back to School Guidance for a Safe Return to Full-time, In-person Learning This Fall
 
Based on the latest public health data and supported by investments, the province is providing direction to school boards, students and parents on health and safety protocols.
 
Guidance includes direction for students, including secondary students who will return to in-person learning daily for the full school day, remote learning, masking and cohorting guidance for students (Grade 1 to 12) and staff as well as guidance around extra-curricular activities.
 
While public health indicators give us reason for optimism, COVID-19 continues to pose a threat. By making available more than $1.6 billion in resources to school boards throughout the province for this coming year, our government is keeping kids as safe as possible. This will provide schools with access to a wide range of supports for student mental health, the hiring of additional staff, school-focused nurses in public health units, asymptomatic testing, remote learning technology, and supporting health and safety measures in student transportation.
 
With the return of in-person learning, students will be able to benefit from direct interaction with their friends and teachers. It will also allow for a more normal school year with extra curricular activities, like sports and field trips – critical to the mental health and well-being of students.
 
Throughout the 2021-22 school year, the Ministry of Education will continue to work with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local public health units to assess key indicators (such as vaccination rates and community transmission) to inform and update provincial guidance for schools and child care as needed. This could lead to easing or strengthening health and safety measures across the province, or at the regional level.
 
COVID-19: Health, safety and operational guidance for schools (2021-2022): https://www.ontario.ca/document/covid-19-health-safety-and-operational-guidance-schools-2021-2022Ontario Further Improving School Ventilation
 
The Ontario government announced additional funding of $25 million to further improve ventilation in schools as students return for in-person learning this fall. This additional funding, which brings the net new investments in school ventilation to $600 million, will ensure that all occupied classrooms, gyms, libraries and other instructional spaces without mechanical ventilation have standalone high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter units in place when students are back in class, including Junior and Senior Kindergarten classrooms in mechanically ventilated schools to recognize that the youngest learners will not be wearing masks in the classroom.VACCINE UPDATE
 
Ontario has administered over 20 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and over 9 million Ontarians are fully vaccinated! Additionally, 70% of Ontarians aged 12 and over have now received both doses of the vaccine.
This brings us one step closer to exiting Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen and easing the majority of public health measures.
Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect you and your loved ones from COVID-19 and its variants. Ontarians aged 12+ can book their 1st and 2nd dose at ontario.ca/bookvaccineHalton Region Beginning to Close COVID-19 Clinics
As of Monday August 16, the COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Joseph Brant Hospital and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital will be closed. Residents who had vaccine appointments scheduled at Joseph Brant Hospital and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on or after August 16 are being notified that their appointments will be cancelled, with options to reschedule at another Halton clinic, pharmacy or primary care provider. For more information about these clinic closures please view the following news release from Joseph Brant Hospital.Ontario Releases 2021–22 First Quarter Finances
Thursday August 12th, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy released the 2021–22 First Quarter Finances, maintaining the government’s commitment to regular timely and transparent updates on Ontario’s finances. In its first fiscal and economic update since the 2021 Budget, the government is projecting a deficit of $32.4 billion in 2021-22, an improvement of nearly $700 million from the outlook presented in the 2021 Budget. This improvement is the result of prudent fiscal management and higher than projected revenue due to a stronger 2021 growth forecast for the province.Ontario Launches New Program to Recruit and Retain Staff in Retirement Homes
The Ontario government is investing more than $2M over two years to provide new and recently hired personal support workers (PSWs) and nurses with financial incentives to encourage them to work in retirement homes. The new Recruitment and Retention Incentive Program will be delivered by the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (WeRPN), and will help recruit and retain skilled PSWs and nurses while building on Ontario’s plan to modernize the provincial retirement homes sector.Ontario Makes Historic Investment in Safe, Innovative Festivals and Events
The Ontario government is investing nearly $50 million to help festival and event organizers deliver innovative and safe experiences that allow people to safely reconnect with their communities. This one-time funding increase – more than double the annual funding provided to the festival and event sector in the past – will ensure the long-term success of the festival and event sector. The government is providing $43 million to support 439 festivals and events through the Reconnect Festival and Event Program, representing a record number of supported events in the program’s 14-year history.Ontario Expanding Support for Children and Youth with Special NeedsThe Ontario government is investing $240 million over four years to increase access to critical rehabilitation services for children and youth with special needs and help them live happier and healthier lives. This investment is part of the 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy.As part of this investment, $60 million in new funding will be provided to Children’s Treatment Centres and Preschool Speech and Language programs annually starting this year, to enable more children to have access to services when they need them and improve access to critical services like early intervention.Ontario Training Young People for Careers in Creative Industries

The Ontario government is investing almost $1 million 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. This initiative is part of the government’s effort to ensure that youth, who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, can connect to promising careers and contribute to the strength of our economy.Effie in the Community
 
This week I visited Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville with MPP Stephen Crawford. On July 9, with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark, we announced that Glen Abbey Golf course was saved from development. This success came after multiple meetings with resident associations and local elected officials, delivering statements in the Ontario Legislature, and presenting petitions against development.
 
I want to thank Minister Clark and the Ontario government for securing the owner’s commitment to protect Glen Abbey from development. Preserving Glen Abbey is important to people in Oakville and beyond, and our community has worked tirelessly together for its preservation. The course is internationally renowned, hosting the Canadian Open thirty times. It is an important part of Oakville’s history and will remain a vital part of its future. 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.
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