Oakville North-Burlington Update – January 29th, 2021
 
“While we’ve made steady progress through this pilot program, thousands of people continue to pass through Pearson every week without being tested, creating a real risk to all Ontarians. That’s why, in addition to pre-departure testing, we’re asking the federal government to adopt mandatory testing upon arrival for all international travellers and impose a temporary ban on flights coming from countries where new COVID-19 strains are being detected. Until vaccines are widely available, we all need to do our part to stop the spread of this virus and that means tighter controls at our border.” – Premier FordOntario Takes Action to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 Through Mandatory On-Arrival Testing
 
The province is launching a six-point plan to prevent and stop the spread of the new COVID-19 variants and protect communities across the province.  Ontario is taking immediate actions to deal with this threat by implementing mandatory testing of international travelers, ramping up laboratory capacity for screening and sequencing of positive cases, maintaining public health measures, strengthening case and contact management measures, enhancing protection for our most vulnerable populations, and leveraging analytics to inform further planning.
 Prime Minister Trudeau Announces New Measures to Restrict Foreign Travel
 
Premier Ford and the Ontario Government have been calling on the federal government to increase border security and control during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to these requests, the federal government is introducing new mandatory quarantine rules and has convinced Canada’s main airlines to suspend service to multiple destinations beginning Sunday January 31st and extending to April 30th. The federal government has also announced plans for mandatory COVID-19 testing for people returning to Canada and up to three days of quarantine at an approved hotel while waiting for their test results.
 Ontario Investing Additional $2,613,900 in Long-Term Care Homes in Oakville North-Burlington
 
The Ontario government is investing an additional $2,613,900 in local long-term care homes to increase prevention and containment efforts in Oakville North-Burlington during the second wave of COVID-19. Homes in Oakville North-Burlington receiving additional funding during the second wave of the pandemic include:
 Home NameRidingAdditional Funding in January 2021Total COVID-19 funding since March 2020Chartwell Waterford Long Term Care ResidenceOakville North-Burlington$215,200$1,015,400Creek Way VillageOakville North-Burlington$850,100$1,529,900NorthridgeOakville North-Burlington$196,100$880,700Post Inn VillageOakville North-Burlington$783,200$1,787,400The Village of Tansley WoodsOakville North-Burlington$411,600$878,600West Oak VillageOakville North-Burlington$157,700$808,700 
 
The new funding will reduce the risk of the virus from entering long-term care homes from the community by covering eligible expenses related to:ScreeningAdditional prevention and containment activities, such as hiring new staffCleaning, equipment, and operating supplies beyond typical levels for the home; andImplementing infection control measures based on clinical evidence, advice from a physician or other regulated health practitioners with expertise in infection control.Ontario Adjusts Vaccination Plan Due to Pfizer-BioNTech Shipment Delays
On January 19, 2021 the federal government notified the province of further reductions in Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shipments. In response to the significant reduction in allocations by the federal government as well as significant uncertainty regarding future shipments, the province and vaccination sites have worked together to develop a plan to accelerate vaccination of the province’s most vulnerable. Second doses will continue to be administered based on availability of supply provided by the federal government.
Ontario remains ready to administer COVID-19 vaccines and expand the number of vaccination sites as soon as doses are received from the federal government. On January 23rd Halton Public Health and teams of mobile paramedics completed the first round of vaccinations for residents of long-term care homes in Halton Region.Halton Region Employment Opportunities
 
Halton Region is currently hiring for frontline healthcare positions in long-term care homes. There are opportunities to apply for positions such as registered nurse, personal support worker or resident support aide. For more information and to apply please visit here.
Ontario Provides $2.3 Million to McMaster University and University of Toronto to Research and Test Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The Ontario government is investing more than $2.3 million in McMaster University and the University of Toronto to support research and development for Canadian companies so they can meet the current needs for personal protective equipment for community and frontline workers and develop the next generation of PPE to become global leaders in the future. Through the Ontario Together Fund, the government is delivering targeted investments that will increase the province’s stockpile of made-in-Ontario products and PPE. This new manufacturing and research capacity will help the province to combat the current COVID-19 outbreak and prepare for potential challenges in the future, while supporting local businesses during the safe and gradual reopening of the province. Expanding Eligibility for Emergency Child Care During Extended Remote Learning Period
 
The Ontario government is further expanding eligibility for the targeted emergency child care program to additional workers who are performing critical roles across our economy and communities. This expansion takes effect on January 27th, and is intended to support workers and their families with childcare options at no cost in regions where elementary students continue to learn remotely. 
 
New additions to the list of those eligible for Emergency Child Care:Individuals working in fuel distribution and oil refineries;Education staff who are required to report to work in person while their children continue with remote learning;Grocery store and pharmacy workers;Truck drivers;Farmers and those who support food or agricultural product supply chains;Individuals involved in the collecting, transporting, storing, processing, disposing or recycling of any type of waste; andIndividuals working in the manufacturing and distribution of disinfectants and sanitizers.Ontario Extending Electricity Rate Relief to Offset the Costs of Staying Home During COVID-19
 
The government has announced it is extending electricity rate relief for families, small businesses and farms to support Ontarians spending more time at home in response to the provincial Stay-at-Home Order. Ontario will continue to hold electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 8.5 cents per kilowatt-hour until February 9, 2021. This lower rate is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week, for Time-Of-Use and tiered customers. 
 
The off-peak rate will continue to be automatically applied to bills of all residential, small business, and farm customers who pay RPP rates set by the Ontario Energy Board.Launch of Federal Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program
 
Businesses across Canada continue to feel the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. Through HASCAP, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will work with participating Canadian financial institutions to offer government-guaranteed, low-interest loans of up to $1 million. HASCAP will help businesses with their day-to-day operating costs during the COVID-19 crisis and enable them to invest in their longer-term prosperity.
 
Eligible businesses can start applying as early as February 1 at principal financial institutions and more widely by February 15. Interested businesses should contact their primary lender to get more information and to apply.
 More information is available at http://www.bdc.ca/hascap.
 Ontario Expands COVID-19 Inspections to Farming Operations
 
The Ontario government is taking additional measures to protect farmworkers during the pandemic by expanding COVID-19 inspections to farming operations including farms, greenhouses and other agricultural operations. This action is being taken ahead of the busy growing and harvesting season, which attracts many temporary foreign workers.
Inspectors are now visiting farming operations across the province, focusing on locations that employ temporary foreign workers to ensure that health and safety laws are followed and that measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Ontario is expected to welcome thousands of foreign agricultural workers, mostly from Mexico and the Caribbean, under the federally administered Temporary Foreign Worker Programs this growing season.
The Ontario and federal governments are working together with local public health units to deliver education, support and compliance assistance to agricultural businesses and address workplace risks. This includes providing agricultural employers with resources, best practices and information to help keep workers safe and healthy, and businesses in operation during COVID-19 and enforcing that those rules are followedMunicipal Modernization Program
 
The Ontario government is investing over $40 million during COVID-19 to help small and rural municipalities improve the delivery of critical programs and services. The funding, under the Municipal Modernization Program, is part of the government’s $125 million investment through 2022-23 to help small and rural municipalities become more efficient, modernize local services and save taxpayers’ dollars.
 
Municipalities can use the funding to conduct reviews of service delivery and administrative expenditures to find efficiencies or implement a range of projects, including developing an online system to improve the local process for approving residential and industrial developments or setting up new shared services with neighbouring municipalities.
 Ontario Delivering Support to Agricultural and Horticultural Societies

Through the Agricultural and Horticultural Support and Recovery Funding Initiative, Ontario is providing $5 million to support the province’s Agricultural and Horticultural Societies which were impacted due to the pandemic.
These societies play a vital role in communities across rural Ontario, and have been unable to hold events like fall fairs and exhibits over the past 10 months due to health and safety concerns around COVID-19. This funding will help support these societies during a difficult period so they can operate future fall fairs and exhibits and participate in our future economic recoveryStatistics Canada Hiring for Short-Term Positions from March – July 2021
The next Census of Population will take place in May 2021 – census information is important to all communities and is vital for planning schools, hospitals, family services, public transportation and skills training for employment. The Census Program has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that the 2021 Census of Population is conducted throughout the country in the best possible way, using a safe and secure approach.
 To assist in the collection of the census, Statistics Canada is hiring approximately 32,000 people across the country (9000+ in Ontario). Census jobs are short-term positions, between March and July 2021, collecting census data from residents in your community. If you are interested in applying for this short-term position you can do so online at www.census.gc.ca/jobsStrengthening of Sexual Violence and Harassment Policies at Postsecondary Schools
 
Ontario believes that no one should have to worry about sexual violence on or off campus and that students should be able to learn at our colleges and universities in a safe and respectful learning environment. Many cases of sexual violence on campus go unreported due to fear of not being taken seriously by proper authorities.
In response Ontario has proposed amendments to strengthen sexual violence policies at postsecondary institutions. The proposed amendments will ensure that students alleging an instance of sexual violence and harassment are not faced with irrelevant questions about their sexual history, and do not face repercussions for violating an institution’s drug and alcohol policy.Bell Let’s Talk DayJanuary 28th of this week was Bell Let’s Talk Day. During these difficult times of separation and isolation, it has never been more important to have a conversation around Mental Health and check in on our loved ones. If you or someone you know is struggling, you are not alone. Help is here for you. Ontario.ca/MentalHealthThe following resources are available to everyone in our community.Distress Centre Halton
Phone and online support for people in Halton to better cope with crisis, loneliness and emotional stress. Oakville: 905-849-4541; Burlington : 905-681-1488Canadian Mental Health Association Halton Region Branch
Supports clients and the community by phone. Call 289-291-5396 and you will be contacted by a counsellor within 24 business hours, Monday to Friday.For more information about mental health supports in Halton Region you can visit Halton Region – Mental Health.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.Friday, January 22,2021, Oakville North-Burlington News and Events.