View this email in your browserOakville North-Burlington Update – March 19th, 2021
“From the beginning of this pandemic, our Government has made it clear that we will do whatever it takes to protect our long-term care residents. These historic investments will provide our seniors with the safe and modern living spaces they deserve, after decades of neglect and underinvestment by previous governments.” – Premier FordOntario Invests $933 Million for 80 Long-Term Care Projects

The Ontario government is investing $933 million in 80 new long-term care projects, which will lead to thousands of additional new and upgraded long-term care spaces across the province. This historic announcement is a significant milestone in fulfilling our government’s commitment to add 30,000 much-needed long-term care spaces over ten years. With this new allocation, Ontario now has 20,161 new and 15,918 redeveloped spaces in the pipeline.
In the Region of Halton, a total of 2,147 new and redeveloped spaces will be built. In our own community of Oakville North-Burlington two new long-term care homes with 512 spaces will be built beside the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and new funding is going to the New Wellington Park Care Centre in Burlington to rebuild 132 spaces and add 92 new ones for a total of 736 spaces.
Our loved ones in long-term care deserve a comfortable and modern place to live, near family and friends, with the supports they need, when they need it. As Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministry of Long Term Care, I am so proud that our government, after decades of neglect and underfunding by past Liberal governments, has taken swift and decisive action.Ontario Extending Temporary Wage Enhancement for Personal Support Workers
Our government is investing $239 million to extend temporary wage enhancements for personal support workers and direct support workers in publicly funded home and community care, long-term care, public hospitals, and social services sectors. These temporary wage enhancements will continue until June 30, 2021 and will help stabilize, attract and retain the workforce needed to provide a high level of care during the COVID-19 pandemic.Vaccine Update
 
The time interval between the 1st and 2nd COVID-19 vaccine dose has been extended from 21 days to up to 16 weeks. According to Halton’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Meghani, delaying the second dose will maximize the number of individuals benefitting from the vaccine, as one dose has proven to be effective. Those who have already booked clinic appointments for second doses will be notified about their second appointment date and do not need to log in or call regarding the change. Going forward, second doses will be booked up to four months after first doses.
 
To view the vaccine update from Dr. Meghani please visit Update from Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health | COVID-19 vaccines – YouTube
 
While vaccination in our community is underway, it’s imperative that public health guidelines are followed to keep everyone safe and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oakville North-Burlington.
 
As of Friday, March 19, Halton residents 75 and over can now book their vaccination time with Halton Public Health

Who can book an appointment starting March 19?
 
Halton residents who are 75 years of age or older (or someone booking on their behalf), Indigenous adults (including First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations) living in Halton who are aged 55 and older, Residents who require booking support can also call 311 for assistance. Please only call if you are unable to book online to ensure those residents requiring support can be assisted. Residents who are not currently 75 years of age and older, please do not call 311 or visit the online booking system to ensure eligible residents have access. All appointments are contingent on the availability of vaccine supply.
 
How do I book an appointment?
 
Online at https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccines/COVID-19-Vaccination-Clinics#book              
 
OR By telephone to 311 (this is the direct line to access Halton Region services)
 
Where are vaccinations held?
 
There are three vaccination clinic sites established by Halton Public Health in Burlington and Oakville. They may establish more.
 
St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, 1280 Dundas Street West, Oakville
Compass Point Bible Church, 1500 Kerns Road, Burlington
Joseph Brant Hospital, 1245 Lakeshore Road, BurlingotnOntario Taking Further Steps to Support Integrated Patient Care

On Wednesday March 17th, Ontario transferred the Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) and non-patient care functions from the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to Ontario Health, effective April 1, as a further step to build an integrated, connected health care system that is centred around the needs of patients and end hallway health care.
Following the transfer on April 1, LHINs will begin operating under a new business name – Home and Community Care Support Services – to reflect a singular mandate to deliver patient care and ensure stability of services while home and community care transitions into Ontario Health Teams.Ontario Provides Prospective Nursing Students with More Choice

Ontario has announced that Humber College is one of the first publicly assisted colleges in the province to offer a four-year degree program without a university partner. This is part of the government’s new pathways for nursing education which provides students with more choice and allows institutions to have greater autonomy and flexibility over their programming.Ontario launching $105-million Community Building Fund
The Ontario government is investing $105 million through the new Community Building Fund to support non-profit tourism, culture, sport and recreation organizations. The funding will be used to help these non-profits recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and meet the needs of their communities. This initiative is part of the 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover, the next phase of a comprehensive action plan to respond to the serious health and economic impacts of COVID-19. 
The fund will be administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) through two program streams:
Operating Stream: This $55-million fund will offer community non-profits the support they need to help sustain their operations and create new events – which are critical to the economic and social well-being of their communities.  
Capital Stream: This $50-million fund will go to municipalities and non-profit organizations and will support infrastructure repairs, including retrofits and rehabilitation to meet COVID-19 public health protocol requirements and local community needs..Ontario Partners with MLSE LaunchPad to Help Youth Get Employment Ready

The Ontario government is helping young people access employment opportunities by investing more than $1 million over the next three years to support MLSE LaunchPad’s Ready for Work program. MLSE LaunchPad is a youth-focused community hub that partners with community and private sector organizations to co-design and deliver programming for children and youth who are furthest from opportunity.
Youth in Ontario who face significant barriers to employment, will benefit from access to opportunities provided through the Ready for Work program such as on-the-job training, mentorship, and professional development. By investing in programs that increase access to skills development, employment opportunities and job retention support, the government is helping youth to overcome systemic and structural barriers and succeed in Ontario’s rapidly changing economy.Ontario Expands Financial Assistance to Include Micro-credentials

The Ontario government is expanding the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) to include nearly 600 micro-credential programs. Through this initiative, the province is ensuring loans and grants will be available to more learners looking to rapidly upskill and reskill for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow.
Micro-credentials are rapid training programs that help people retrain and upgrade their skills to find new employment. Offered by colleges, universities and Indigenous Institutes, micro-credential programs are short in duration, can be completed online, and are often designed for the specific needs of employers and jobs.Ontario Helping Francophones Find Good Jobs

The Ontario government is investing more than $1.5 million to help skilled Francophone newcomers receive additional training and mentorship to find work in Ontario that aligns with their existing skills and experience. The funding is provided through the Ontario Bridge Training Program, and is helping connect hundreds of Francophone newcomers with good jobs as Ontario reopens and recovers from COVID-19.

The government is also providing $127,600 to Collège Boréal through the Bridging Participant Assistance Program to offer 65 highly-skilled Francophone newcomers up to $2,100 to cover costs associated with bridge training, such as tuition, books and equipment.Ontario Expanding the Protection and Preservation of Green Spaces

The Ontario government is investing $20 million over the next four years in the Greenlands Conservation Partnership to help secure land of ecological importance and promote healthy, natural spaces. The funding will enable the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Ontario Land Trust Alliance to conserve, restore and manage natural areas such as wetlands, grasslands and forests.Ontario Investing in Wastewater Testing System to Detect COVID-19

The Ontario government is investing more than $12 million in a new initiative to detect COVID-19 in wastewater. The province is partnering with 13 academic and research institutions to create a surveillance network to test wastewater samples taken from communities across Ontario. This will enhance the ability of local public health units to identify, monitor and manage potential COVID-19 outbreaks.Ontario Investing in the Sport and Recreation Sector

Our government is providing more than $15 million to support grassroots activities, sport and recreation organizations and high-performance athletes. This funding will encourage even more children, youth, families and athletes to get active and return to play safely, as the sector continues to follow COVID-19 restrictions and reopening regulations.
This $15.3 million investment will support four initiatives:$3 million in 2020-21 for Sport4Ontario$3.6 million for 63 recognized Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs)$6.36 million in 2020-21 for Quest for Gold Canada$2.35 million for the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)’s post-secondary education scholarshipsHellenic Heritage MonthIn honour of Hellenic Heritage Month and to mark 200 years of Greece’s independence, I am profiling exceptional Canadians of Hellenic descent who have made a significant contribution to our nation and made us proud. This week we recognized Supreme Court of Canada Justice Andromache Karakatsanis and Mike Lazaridis founder and Co-CEO of Blackberry.Effie in the Community

This week I dropped by a local Oakville small business – Puckz Pub – for my curbside pickup. It is highly important to support our community and our small businesses in Oakville North-Burlington!With my MPP colleagues, I heard from Epilepsy Ontario about how COVID-19 has impacted their programs and people living with epilepsy. Over 100,000 people in Ontario live with epilepsy, 30% of whom do not have effective seizure control.I met with Kathy, Gerry and Dave from CARP and Mary from Sheridan Villa Long-Term Care Centre to discuss the Butterfly model in long-term care. Thank you for the very informative discussion and for the work you do to bring transformative culture change to long-term care in Ontario.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.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.Friday March 5, 2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and Events.Friday March 12, 2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and Events.