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MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos and Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues Jane McKenna visit the Women’s Centre of Halton Oakville North-Burlington Update – November 19th, 2021

“I am pleased that the Ontario government is supporting vulnerable women with this investment in the Women’s Futures Program. Over the past two years, 23 women’s centres have used this program to help more than 1,900 women find jobs, start businesses, and get further educated. These funds are vital for supporting women and empowering them to make positive changes in their lives.” Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP  
 
 
Supporting Low-Income Women with Employment and Entrepreneurial Training
Ontario is providing an additional $500,000 in the Investing in Women’s Futures Program, bringing the total funding to $2.7 million this year. Offered at 23 women’s centres across the province, the program provides free employment readiness and violence prevention programming to vulnerable women so that they can develop the in-demand skills they need to re-enter the workforce. Overall, 19,000 women have accessed the Investing in Women’s Futures Program over the past three years.
I was pleased to visit the Women’s Centre of Halton in Oakville with Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues Jane McKenna. The Women’s Centre of Halton is dedicated to supporting women in crisis, distress, or transition by providing them with programs and services to help bring about positive change. Thank you, Executive Director Kate Holmes, for the tour of the agency’s office space and program rooms. It was a pleasure visiting the agency and getting to meet the staff. Effie in the Community

Last weekend I visited the Vaishnodevi Temple in Oakville to celebrate its 30th anniversary in our community. It was great to hear from some of the founding members who had the vision to acquire the land and to build the temple. Today the dedicated priests, leaders and volunteers serve a thriving Hindu community.
It was also a pleasure along with Oakville Mayor Rob Burton to present certificates of appreciation to the young people who each spoke for one minute to describe what Hinduism and the temple meant to them and to witness the beautiful dances performed. Thank you for your contributions to our province’s rich cultural heritage. I was honoured to help you mark this very important milestone in the history of your temple I had fun dropping by a grade 5 class at West Oak Public School with the Education Minister Stephen Lecce where we joined in their mathematics lesson. Thank you for letting us join in your number talk!. It was a pleasure to meet with the Burlington Girls Hockey Club to announce funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation Community Building Grant. These funds have been allocated to help rebuild Ontario’s Sport & Recreation Sector. Congratulations on receiving this funding to help continue your goal of providing a safe and fun place for female athletes of all ages to develop their skills and a love of hockey! Effie in the Legislature

I met with Ontario Long Term Care Clinicians to discuss improving quality of life in long-term care. Thank you for your thoughtful recommendations on leadership, education, training and support – everyone in an Ontario long-term care home deserves compassionate, quality care. This week I participated in the Standing Committee on Social Policy to consider Bill 27, the Working for Workers Act where we heard from the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton on how Ontario is supporting workers in our province.
The way we work has been changing and the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this change. That’s why the Ontario Government has introduced legislation to help workers leave their work behind at the end of the day and spend time with their families by mandating a “disconnect from work policy”. The legislation also bans “non-compete agreements” which limit opportunities for workers and career growth. Our government is taking actions to improve and expand transportation, telehealth and broadband internet access, making it easier for more people to work from anywhere in our province. We are focused on the health and safety of every worker. Expanded COVID-19 Testing – 575 River Glen Blvd, Oakville

LifeLabs is expanding its COVID-19 testing program to support a shared response to COVID-19. This includes testing at 575 River Glen Blvd in Oakville.
Testing is being done by appointment online and is offered to both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. It is being done in partnership with Ontario Health and is free of charge.
To book an appointment, please visit www.lifelabs.com or call 1-877-313-4982. Ontario Saving up to $29 Million over Five Years in Postage and Mailing Costs Ontario is continuing to modernize services and make them more customer-focused by eliminating mailing paper renewal notices in favour of convenient digital reminders. By eliminating paper renewal notices, Ontario will be saving up to $29 million over five years in postage and mailing costs with funds being re-invested into critical programs and services like education. This will also benefit the environment by saving approximately 80 million pieces of paper – roughly 16,000 boxes or 362 tonnes – over five years, reducing unnecessary waste and protecting our forests. Fighting Gun and Gang Violence

Ontario is investing $75.1 million to reinforce the fight against gun and gang violence in communities across the province. The funding will support initiatives that will dismantle criminal activity, enhance investigative supports, increase collaboration throughout the justice sector and stop the flow of illegal guns across the border.
  GIVEOakville campaign

The annual GIVEOakville campaign to support local charities is open from November 15 to December 13. Discover and support dozens of Oakville-based charities through this unique online crowd-funding tool and ensure that 100% of your donation goes directly to the charities of your choice! To give today, go to www.giveoakville.com.

Burlington Gift of Giving Back
From December 2-19, Gift of Giving Back and Burlington Centre are partnering to host the “Help Us Feed Kids: Holiday Food Drive” to stock the shelves of Burlington food banks and help the most vulnerable in our community. The Gift of Giving Back is celebrating its 16th Anniversary and does great work educating and empowering thousands of young athletes and high school students to give back to our community. For more information and to get involved: https://giftofgivingback.ca/2021-holiday-food-drive/

Halton Women’s Place
November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month. You can help support Halton Women’s Place by purchasing tickets for their Lottery for Hope – EACH ticket can help save a life. http://hwp5050.ca
 
Volunteer with Food4Kids
 
From shopping to packing, sorting to delivering, Food4Kids has a job for you. All individuals who are 16 years of age and older, are qualified and meet requirements for a position are welcomed.
 
Volunteering opportunities:
 
Shoppers: Corporate teams and individuals are provided with gift cards to purchase sale items at local grocery stores.
​School Year Deliveries: Every other week on Friday mornings drive healthy bags of food to the schools
​Food Drive Organizer: Run a food drive in your community or at work. Contact Food4Kids for the most needed items, guidelines and promotional materials
​All applications can be emailed to the program coordinator for Burlington/Oakville: julienne@food4kidshalton.ca
  More Important News Stories This week Strengthening the Auto Industry and Making Ontario More Competitive for New Investments Enhancing COVID-19 Testing 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.