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Oakville North-Burlington Update – March 5th, 2021“Small businesses are the backbone of Ontario’s economy employing local people in communities across the province. The sad fact is these business owners have suffered significantly through the pandemic, but we have had their backs with programs like the Ontario Small Business Support Grant. So far the uptake of these grants has been tremendous, and I strongly encourage all business owners to apply and access this financial relief.” – Premier FordVaccine Allocation Update for Halton Region in March
To date, Canada has administered just over 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with 3.86% of Canadians receiving at least one dose. Ontario has provided 727,021 doses and 264,896 people are fully vaccinated. On both these measures, Ontario is leading the country. In Halton, 28,622 people have received a shot –4.85% of our population. Here is the latest expected March allocation for Halton:Week of March 1- 7,020 dosesWeek of March 8- 7,020 dosesWeek of March 15- 7,020 dosesIf you wish to receive a notice from my office about when your age group is eligible for a vaccine, please email me at effie.triantafilopoulos@pc.ola.org, with your age and I will send you a notice when Halton Public Health announces your age group. All bookings must be done through HPU.
 Joseph Brant Hospital is one of five COVID-19 vaccination sites that will be servicing eligible populations within Halton Region. The Halton Region Vaccination Clinic at Joseph Brant will be located in the Pandemic Response Unit (PRU). Vaccination will be by appointment only.
Any inquiries regarding vaccines and booking should be directed to the Region of Halton at www.halton.ca/COVIDvaccines or 311.Ontario Provides More Than $1 Billion In Support for Small BusinessThe Ontario government has to-date provided more than $1 billion through the Ontario Small Business Support Grant to help eligible business owners affected by the COVID-19 restrictions. The grant provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 and can be used in whatever way makes the most sense for individual businesses; from paying employee wages, to offsetting the cost of rent, to purchasing inventory.
You can apply for the Small Business Support Grant at www.ontario.ca/COVIDSupport Ontario Provides Funding to Help Municipal Transit Systems During COVID-19The Ontario government is providing $150 million in additional funding to help municipal transit systems address the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is in addition to the $2 billion previously committed by Ontario and the federal government through the Safe Restart Agreement to help municipalities continue to deliver critical transit services.City of Burlington will be receiving $1,523,832 and the Town of Oakville will be receiving $2,381,326 in provincial funding.Ontario Supporting Arts Sector During COVID-19Ontario’s heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries were among the first and hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to this, the provincial government is providing one-time funding of $25 million for Ontario’s artists and arts organizations to help cover losses. This funding includes $24 million which will help arts organizations operate and prepare for a time when they can fully re-open their facilities, resume full programming and welcome back their visitors and audiences. Additionally, $1 million will provide much-needed support directly to artists and creators from across the province. Provincial COVID-19 Recovery Fund for Municipalities

The Ontario government is providing provincial funding to help municipalities address ongoing COVID-19 related operating costs. The new financial relief will help ensure the delivery of critical services during the pandemic and keep capital projects on track. This announcement is part of the province’s $500 million investment to help ensure the stability of Ontario’s 444 municipalities as they plan for the year ahead.
 
City of Burlington will receive $2,860,354 and Town of Oakville will receive $2,853,709 in 2021 Provincial COVID-19 Recovery Funding for Municipalities.

 Supporting Broadband and Infrastructure Expansion Act

COVID-19 has made reliable broadband access even more critical for families and individuals across Ontario to work from home, learn online, and access essential services. As the province recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario government is taking action to remove barriers to help build better infrastructure faster and strengthen communities, while laying the foundation for future growth, renewal and long-term economic recovery.Ontario Increasing Mental Health Supports for Indigenous Peoples, Families and Communities

Ontario is investing over $12.8 million to immediately expand and enhance culturally appropriate mental health and addictions services for Indigenous peoples, families and communities across the province. This funding is part of the $176 million being invested in the government’s mental health and addictions plan, Roadmap to Wellness. The plan is delivering high-quality care and building a modern, connected and comprehensive mental health and addictions system.
 Ontario Setting Up Apprentices and Employers for SuccessThe Ontario government is investing $47 million in 2021-22 to hire more apprentices, improve the quality of training and help them complete their training and certification through the new Achievement Incentive Program and the expanded Apprenticeship Capital Grant. These programs are designed to support those who train apprentices, such as businesses, colleges and other training organizations, providing more young people with high quality training that will lead to successful careers.  Ontario Works to make the Towing Industry SaferThe Ontario government is making roads and highways safer by launching a Joint Forces Operation team to address violence in the towing industry and introducing a tow zone pilot on designated sections of provincial highways. Ontario’s provincial towing task force has also recommended additional actions to better protect customers and improve towing industry safety, including establishing an oversight model of the towing and storage industry, exploring licencing for tow truck drivers, and introducing clearer equipment standards.2021 Run4LighthouseThe Lighthouse for Grieving Children supports grieving children and their families and has done so for over 20 years.  This year for the virtual Run4Lighthouse run, kilometres will be accumulated as participants register – with the goal to run right across Canada.You can help support Lighthouse by registering today for the 2021 Run4Lighthouse at www.run4LH.com.Effie in the Community
I had an informative meeting with Aerobiovac Canada about air filtration systems and the role they can play in decontaminating the air in hospitals and long term care homes.
 I spent a delightful Saturday afternoon with James Montague and his friends to discuss the importance of community & friendship during COVID-19. Thank you for the great conversation, I enjoyed hearing from everyone on their health and wellbeing during these difficult times.It was my pleasure to attend MPP Billy Pang and MP Bob Saroya’s 2021 Markham-Unionville Lunar New Year Celebration with remarks from special guests Premier Ford and Conservative Party of Canada leader Erin O’Toole.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.

I would also like to congratulate the following eight individuals from Oakville North-Burlington who were recipients of the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards:Kristina Johnston    Toby LawrenceZach LawrencePrakash NayeeBrenda O’ConnorGavin ParkSudeshna PattanaikBarry PoyntzTuesday, 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.Friday, January 29, 2021, Oakville North-burlington News and Events.Friday, February 5, 2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and Events. Friday, February, 12,2021 Oakville North-Burlington News And Events.Friday, February, 19,2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and Events. Friday February, 26,2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and Events.