Oakville North-Burlington Update – January 22nd, 2021
 
“Earlier this month, we set a target of getting all long-term care homes in our four hardest hit regions vaccinated by January 21st. And today I can announce we’ve hit this target ahead of schedule… Across the province, over 83,000 long-term care residents and the nurses, PSWs and staff who care for them have received the first dose of these lifesaving vaccines. And we are well on our way to meeting our target of delivering these vaccines to all long-term care homes across the province by February 15.
… My friends, this is the first of many victories against this deadly and ruthless enemy we face. We will not rest until every single long-term care home and all Ontarians who want a vaccine get it. But all of this rests on getting the vaccines we need from the federal government, and we are prepared to do whatever we can to support them on this. My friends, we will get through this. But until vaccines are more widely available, please stay home, stay safe and save lives.” – Premier Doug Ford Ontario Achieves Key Milestone with Vaccinations in Long-Term Care

Tuesday January 19th marked a key milestone in the fight against COVID-19, completing the first round of vaccinations in all long-term care homes in seven regions ahead of schedule. To date, residents, staff and essential caregivers in more than 40 per cent of all long-term care homes across the province have had an opportunity to receive their first dose.
 
The four regions of highest community spread; Peel, Toronto, Windsor-Essex, and York have been visited with first doses available to residents, staff and essential caregivers. Ottawa, Durham, and Simcoe-Muskoka have also completed their initial dose to all their long-term care homes.  Progress continues to be made across the province with the goal of reaching all long-term care homes by February 15.
 
Mobile teams of Halton Paramedics, working with Public Health staff, are working to vaccinate staff and residents at all long-term care and retirement homes, starting with long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes. Mobile vaccination began mid-January and is contingent on supply of vaccine. As of January 18, the Halton Public Health Unit had delivered 1,706 first doses of vaccine to long-term care staff and residents in Halton Region and they expected to be completed long-term care vaccinations by January 23, depending on its vaccine supply.
 Ontario Investing $125 Million for over 500 Hospital Beds to Expand Critical Care Capacity
The Ontario government is providing up to $125 million to immediately add over 500 critical care and high intensity medicine beds to hospitals in areas with high rates of COVID-19 transmission. A portion of the funding will also be used to temporarily transition Mackenzie Health’s Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital into a system wide resource supporting the province’s COVID-19 response when the new hospital is scheduled to open on February 7, 2021. These initiatives will help relieve pressures on nearby hospitals due to rapid increases in hospitalization and ICU occupancy rates as a result of the virus.$12 Million Investment in More Mental Health Beds and Programs for Seniors
 Our government announced that we are providing over $12 million to add new mental health beds in hospitals and to expand programs that support the mental health and well-being of seniors across the province. This funding is part of the government’s comprehensive mental health and addictions plan, Roadmap to Wellness. Our plan is delivering high-quality care and building a modern, connected and comprehensive system to support those dealing with mental health and addictions issues. In Halton, the Joseph Brant Hospital has received $467,200 for 2 in-patient mental health beds.

 Ontario Expands Workplace Enforcement Campaigns
 
The Government of Ontario is expanding current inspections at essential businesses to further protect workers and customers. Provincial offences officers will be now be visiting an expanded range of workplaces across Ontario to educate and ticket businesses that are not complying with COVID-19 health and safety requirements.
Starting January 20th, hundreds of officers will be visiting workplaces that are allowed to be open during the provincial shutdown such as: Retail establishments, including big-box storesRestaurants providing take-out mealsEssential service-sector establishments (such as gas stations); andFarming operationsCorporations can be fined $1,000 for failing to comply with the orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act and the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. All individuals, including employees and patrons, can also be fined $750 for failing to comply with orders under the Acts. If a violation is more serious, the court can impose fines as high as $100,000 for individuals, $500,000 for directors and officers of a corporation and up to $10,000,000 for a corporation.  

Over this past weekend a team of 50 ministry inspectors, as well as local bylaw and police officers, visited 240 big-box stores across the GTHA. Enforcement officials found 76 contraventions of the rules and issued 25 tickets. 69 per cent of the businesses inspected were in compliance with public health requirements Applications for Small Business Support Grant Now Open
 
Applications are now open for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant. Small businesses impacted by necessary public health measures require additional support so they can continue serving their communities and employing people in Ontario once COVID-19 is behind us.  If you are a small business owner facing challenges as a result of COVID-19, you may qualify for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, a one-time grant up to $20,000 from the Government of Ontario.
Each small business will be able to use the support in whatever way makes the most sense for their individual business. For example, some businesses could need support paying employee wages or rent, while others could need support maintaining their inventory. Eligible small business owners that are expected to experience a minimum 20 per cent decline in revenue may qualify for this grant to help navigate this challenging period.
Eligible small businesses include those that:Are required to close or restrict services subject to the Provincewide Shutdown effective 12:01 a.m. on December 26, 2020;Have 100 employees or fewer at the enterprise level; andHave experienced a minimum of 20 per cent revenue decline in April 2020 compared to April 2019. New businesses established since April 2019 will also be eligible provided they meet the other eligibility criteria.Ontario’s Job-Protected Leave 

Employees have the right to take leave from work if they are not performing the duties of their position because of various COVID-19 related reasons, including caring for a child that is sick, isolating or whose school is closed. Sick notes are no longer required. For more information about Ontario’s Job Protected Leave please visit here
Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit
 
The federal government and the Government of Ontario have signed an agreement to provide sick pay to workers. The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19. The CRSB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
 
If you are eligible for the CRSB, you can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for a 1-week period.  If your situation continues past 1 week, you will need to apply again. You may apply up to a total of 2 weeks between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021. For more information about CRSB please visit here.Visiting Suspended at Halton Healthcare
 
General visiting has been suspended at Halton Healthcare in response to new stay-at-home-orders and increasing COVID-19 cases in Ontario. Starting Tuesday, January 19, patients will not be able to have visitors. An alternative to in person visits are virtual visits with patients, which are available seven (7) days a week between 9:00am and 9:00pm. You can visit http://www.haltonhealthcare.com to book your visit or call the Virtual Visiting hotline at 905-338-4615. Essential items and special dietary food items can be dropped off for inpatients daily (7 days a week) between 9:00am – 9:00pm. Please do not drop off nonessential food for patients. Halton Conservation: Parks Still Open During State of Emergency
 
Public parks remain open for recreation however there are some new restrictions that are important to be aware of when visiting.Reservations must be made in advance before visiting the parks (parkvisit.ca) Masks are now highly recommended outsidePlease arrive in one carMaximum group size is 5 people – please do not gather with other households in our parks at this time (households with more than 5 members excepted)Please keep a distance of 6 feet from people not from your householdPlease do not congregate in areas Rentals remain availableWashrooms remain openNew Digital Evidence Management Program for Police in Ontario
The Ontario government has announced that it is investing in new technology that will enhance the ability for police services to securely capture, store, manage and share digital evidence. The Digital Evidence Management (DEM) program will ensure timely access to evidence and reduce delays. By eliminating the need for sharing and transporting evidence in person, police officers will spend less time carrying out administrative work and more time on what matters most – protecting our communities.

This investment will help drive forward our ongoing efforts to modernize Ontario’s criminal justice system by transforming the way digital evidence is managed by police, prosecutors and justice partners.Community Safety and Policing Grant

Ontario government is providing police services across the province with additional tools and resources to combat crime and keep communities safe by investing approximately $2.8 million over two years through the Community Safety and Policing Grant program. Police Services will receive funding for projects that combat gun and gang violence, sexual violence and harassment, as well as human trafficking — three areas identified as provincial priorities.

This investment is in addition to the $195 million the province is already providing through the local and provincial priorities funding streams of the CSP grant program over three years. It also builds on the province’s $112 million Guns, Gangs and Violence Reduction Strategy as well as its new comprehensive strategy to combat human trafficking.Ontario Launches Online Security Guard and Private Investigator Testing

The Ontario government is launching a new, online testing option for individuals seeking to obtain a licence to become a security guard or private investigator. This modern testing option will eliminate the need for applicants to travel to a testing location during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond.Volunteer Opportunities to Assist with the Vaccine Rollout

Constituents who are interested in volunteering to assist with the Vaccine Rollout can call Halton Region at 905-825-6000.Effie in the Community

I was pleased to accompany Rapid Dose Therapeutics CEO, Mark Upsdell, to Food for Life Halton and present them with a donation of B12 vitamins. Food for Life is the largest food rescue organization in Halton and every one dollar donated equals four meals for the most vulnerable in our community. You can donate to Food for Life Halton at https://foodforlife.ca/make-a-donation/
 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.Tuesday, January 28th – Coronavirus UpdateFriday, March 13 – COVID-19 Coronavirus UpdateWednesday, March 18 – COVID-19 Coronavirus UpdateFriday, March 20 – Learn at Home Portal Launched for Ontario StudentsWednesday, March 25 – Ontario’s Action PlanFriday, March 28 – Joint ONB COVID-19 UpdateMonday, March 30 – Ontario Support for Small Business and Combating Price GougingWednesday, April 1 – School and Child Care Closures ExtendedFriday, April 3 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateThursday, April 9 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, April 17 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, April 24 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, May 1 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, May 8 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, May 15 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, May 22 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, May 29 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, June 5 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, June 12 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateMonday, June 15 – Ontario Opens More Businesses and Services in Halton RegionFriday, June 19 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, June 26 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateWednesday, July 1 – Canada DayFriday, July 10 – Summer NewsletterFriday, July 17 – Summer NewsletterFriday, July 24 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, July 31 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, August 7 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, August 14 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, August 21 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, August 28 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, September 4 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, September 11 – Oakville North- Burlington News and Events Friday, September 18 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, September 25 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, October 02 – Oakville North- Burlington News and EventsFriday, October 09 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, October 16 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, October 23 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, October 30 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, November 6- Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsSaturday, November 7, Special Edition: Ontario Budget 2020Friday.November 13, Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, November 20, Oakville North-Burlington News and Events Friday, November27, Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday December 04, Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, December 11, Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, December 18, Oakvile North-Burlington News and EventsMerry Christmas, December 24, Oakville North-BurlingtonFriday, January 08, 2021, Oakville North-Burlington News and Events.Breaking News: Second Provincial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Crisis January 13,2021.