Oakville North-Burlington Update – June 11th, 2021
“Thanks to the ongoing success of Team Ontario’s vaccine rollout and the ongoing improvements in public health trends, we are able to enter step one of the Roadmap and begin to safely and cautiously lift restrictions. The only reason we’re able to do so is because of the enormous sacrifices made by individuals, families and communities across Ontario. As we begin to enjoy the benefits of the first step in our roadmap like meeting friends on a patio or visiting your favourite local store, please do so safely by continuing to follow all public health guidelines.” – Premier Ford
Ontario Moves to Step One of Roadmap to Reopen
Based on the province-wide vaccination rate and continuing improvements in key public health and health system indicators, our government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has moved Ontario into Step One of its Roadmap to Reopen as of 12:01 a.m. today on Friday, June 11, 2021.
Step One of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of more outdoor activities with smaller crowds where risk of transmission is lower. It also permits more limited indoor settings to be open, all with restrictions in place.
Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen includes but is not limited to:Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people;Outdoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, capped at the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at 15 per cent capacity of the particular room;Non-essential retail permitted at 15 per cent capacity with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;Essential and other select retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;Outdoor dining with up to 4 people per table, with exceptions for larger households;Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training and outdoor individual/team sport training to be permitted with up to 10 people, among other restrictions;Day camps for children permitted to operate in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;Campsites, campgrounds and short-term rentals;Outdoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with up to 10 people and other restrictions;Outdoor horse racing tracks and motor speedways permitted to operate without spectators; andOutdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens with capacity and other restrictions.Find the full list of activities permitted under Step One here: Ontario.ca/reopenVaccine Update – 10 MILLION+ Doses
Vaccines remain the best defence against COVID-19 and to date, more than 10.8 million doses have been administered in Ontario. Youth aged 12 and over are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial booking system and call centre, as well as at select pharmacies administering the Pfizer vaccine.
These measures will ensure that all Ontarians aged 12 and older who want to, can be fully vaccinated by the end of summer, including students and educational staff.
Expanding Accelerated Second Dose Booking to Ontarians Aged 70+
As of Monday June 7th at 8 a.m., individuals aged 70 and over in 2021 as well as individuals who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) on or before April 18, 2021 are eligible to schedule an appointment to receive their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments at mass immunization clinics can be booked through the provincial booking system and call centre, or directly through Halton Public Health Unit at halton.ca/COVIDvaccines.
Eligible individuals can also book their second dose appointment through other channels, including at hospital clinics, participating pharmacies and select primary care settings. Individuals may choose to return to the same place they received their first dose or book an appointment at a different site.

Ontario Further Accelerates Second Doses in Delta Hot Spots
Effective Monday, June 14, at 8:00 a.m. to help stop the spread of COVID-19 variants and protect communities with the highest rates of Delta (B.1.617) variant transmission, Ontario is further expanding eligibility to book an accelerated second dose appointment to individuals who live in Delta hot spots and also received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine on or before May 9, 2021. These individuals will be eligible to book their accelerated second dose appointment through the provincial booking system
 Outdoor Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic in Oakville on June 12 and 13
The Ontario Government will be holding an outdoor Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic in Oakville this weekend on June 12 and 13, offering first dose appointments to individuals aged 12 and older. This Oakville clinic will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School and will be open between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
To book an appointment online, visit: https://one.halton.ca/vab/s/Ontario Dramatically Ramping Up Delivery of Rapid Test Kits
Ontario has now delivered 12.3 million rapid antigen test kits for COVID-19 to over 2,600 work sites across the province. The effort is helping businesses and other organizations keep employees and their families safe by helping keep the virus out of their workplaces. Businesses are encouraged to get their own rapid antigen screening kits by contacting their local chamber of commerce or by registering at ontario.ca/testingonsiteOntario Investing $9 Million More in Specialized Long-Term Care Beds for Vulnerable Residents
The Ontario government is further expanding its support for the most vulnerable long-term care residents by investing $9 million more for the continued operation of 62 beds in three existing Behavioural Specialized Units and for the addition of up to 82 new specialized spaces in targeted regions across the province this year.
In addition to improving quality of life and enhancing safety for residents through this innovative model of care, the investment will also support the easing of hospital capacity pressures by helping patients with more complex responsive behaviours move from hospitals to long-term care homes faster.Modernized Grade Nine Math Course Prepares Students for Future Jobs and Life SkillsUnder the Liberals, too many students were failing to meet the provincial math standard. Ontario’s elementary and grade nine math curricula were last updated in 2005 when Youtube was just starting up and Twitter and the iPhone didn’t exist. The economy and job market has changed since then and we believe students’ curricula should be relevant to the life and job skills that will set them up for success.Under our government’s four year, $200M math strategy, students in Grades 1-9 will now learn foundational math skills that will prepare them for jobs of the future, with a focus on every-day math problem solving and application  – including the concept of interest, debt, savings, personal budgeting and price comparisons.We want to help students prepare for the jobs of tomorrow by introducing them to coding skills to understand complex mathematics and to make predictions.The current streamed system of learning has set back too many students, notably Black, Indigenous, racialized, low-income families and special education students, as seen by their disproportionately high levels of enrollment in applied level classes and the fact that they are 4.5 times less likely to graduate.Ontario will be a global leader in STEM education. All students will learn critical skills, giving them a competitive advantage for good-paying jobs.Ontario Resumes In-Vehicle Passenger Road Testing ProvincewideOntario is resuming in-vehicle passenger road tests on Monday, June 14, 2021, at DriveTest centres across the province. To address the backlog of road tests resulting from COVID-19 restrictions, road testing capacity will be increased by hiring 167 additional driver examiners while introducing extended hours for in-vehicle passenger road tests (class G1/G2).The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing $4.7 million for infrastructure projects that will benefit the residents of Oakville North-Burlington.
The funding is being provided through the COVID-19 Reliance Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP)
 
Oakville North-Burlington Projects 
 
Recipient Project Description Total Funding City of Burlington Roads, Parks and Forestry Operations Centre Renovation $175,000 City of Burlington Design and Construction of Palmer Multi-use Trail $350,000 Regional Municipality of Halton Regional Facilities COVID-19 Resiliency Projects
(three long-term care homes, three child care centres and an operations centre) $876,000 Regional Municipality of Halton TSSA Upgrades at Five Pumping Stations $650,000 Regional Municipality of Halton TSSA Upgrades at Four Pumping Stations $350,000 Town of Oakville Facility Fixture Conversion and HVAC Upgrades $1,424,906 Town of Oakville Pedestrian and Trail Crossing Improvements $900,000  
This funding will support the rehabilitation of transit infrastructure and the development of modern and accessible recreational options. This funding will be used to upgrade and replace equipment in health and emergency facilities in communities across the GTHA. Additional investments will help increase options for active transportation, as well as renovate municipal buildings, community centres and cultural facilities. These improvements will provide safe and welcoming spaces for residents in the GTHA. Ontario Introduces One-Stop-Shop for Employment Supports
 
The Ontario government is making it easier for people to restart their careers and support their families through the creation of an integrated and seamless employment services system! The new system will combine employment programs from social assistance, such as Ontario Works Employment Assistance and Ontario Disability Support Program Employment Supports, into Employment Ontario.
The government’s new one-stop-shop for these services will help more people find good jobs in their communities. Job Seekers will be offered services that are specifically tailored to connect them with jobs in their communities, including job searching, job matching and job coaching support. A wide range of services and opportunities will also be available for employers to help them find workers and coordinate training.Local Food Week in Ontario
This week was Local Food Week in Ontario. Many thanks to our agri-food heroes who grow, produce & process the high-quality, nutritious food we love! Looking for some fun food facts and kid-friendly recipes to try making at home? Visit Foodland Ontario’s Kid’s Corner! To support our farmers and agri-food businesses I encourage everyone to buy products made right here in Ontario. If you visit this website it will tell you which Oakville North-Burlington businesses you can buy quality local food!
Over the summer please take the time to visit some of our Halton farmers’ markets for fresh locally grown produce! You could visit markets like – Oakville’s Dorval Crossing Civitan Farmers Market, Burlington Centre Lions Farmers Market, Hutchinson Farm, and Oakville Place Farmers’ Market!Ontario Launches Applications for 2021-22 Seniors Community Grant

The Ontario government is investing $5 million in the 2021-22 Seniors Community Grant program to help enable municipalities and local organizations deliver programs for older adults to stay active in their communities. Successful applicants will receive a grant of between $1,000 and $25,000 to provide programs, learning and social opportunities for older adults to safely enjoy as Ontario continues to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning Friday, June 11th, applicants can apply through Transfer Payment Ontario (formerly Grants Ontario) online at Ontario.ca/GetFunding. The deadline for all applications is July 15, 2021 at 5PM EST.June is Seniors Month
June is Seniors Month in Ontario and this year’s theme is Stay SafeStay Active, and Stay Connected. Thank you to the seniors across our province and in Oakville North-Burlington who have helped make Ontario a better place. Learn more about Seniors Month at https://www.ontario.ca/page/celebrating-seniors-ontarioGreen Drive Oakville – Halton Environmental Network 
 
Through Green Drive Oakville, Halton Environment Network and the Small Change Fund want to find out what Oakville residents think about EV chargers, electric cars (including ones to be made in Oakville), and removing old asphalt and concrete driveways and replacing them with permeable surfaces that reduce the strain put on the town’s stormwater system.
If you own and live in a semi- or detached house in Oakville, please consider filling out this short, confidential survey help Halton Environment Network and the Small Change Fund decide how to encourage Green Drive Oakville in the future.
https://t.co/riyahm8gQN?amp=13rd Party Advertising and the Election Finances Act
The people of Ontario should be the ones who decide who will win in Ontario’s elections; not big business; wealthy elites; special interests; or third parties. A few wealthy elites cannot be allowed to dictate and decide our politics in Ontario. We have seen firsthand in the United States how foreign third parties and super political action groups can spread propaganda.
Under this recent court decision, there would be no limits, no disclosure and no caps on billionaires, corporations, special interest groups – even foreign governments- looking to spend millions to influence our elections.
As we are less than a year away from the next election, we had to act swiftly to limit the influence of big money and big business in our politics. The notwithstanding clause is part of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and is a tool to protect our elections from outside influence. In the next provincial election the only people who should decide who should govern are Ontarians.Effie in the Community
I am very pleased to support ALS Canada and help raise awareness for ALS Awareness Month!
Click here to watch the videoOakville 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.This week we recognize;
Olivia Theodoratos – Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School – Congratulations on consistently demonstrating admirable qualities: optimism, integrity, leadership and community spirit. All the best!
 Shawn Fang – Recipient of the Paul Harris Community Award – For the immense contribution made to the Rotary Foundation – exemplifying ‘Service Above Self’ – is duly recognized by your fellow Rotarians and appreciated by our entire community!
 
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