Oakville North-Burlington Update – November 27, 2020
 
“I know there are many people looking forward to their traditional family celebrations at this time of year, but to keep your loved ones safe, traditions will have to be adjusted.
 
We’re asking everyone to please stick to your own household when celebrating. Avoid big holiday parties or large family dinners to help us stop the spread of this deadly virus. By following this public health advice, we can all have a safe and fun holiday season.” – Premier Doug Ford
Ontario Provides Public Health Advice on How to Stay Safe During the HolidaysOntario is providing preliminary guidance on how to safely celebrate this year and protect your loved ones during the holiday season based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and input from the Public Health Measures Table.
No matter where you live in the province, the safest way to spend the holiday this year is by only celebrating in-person with the people you live with and celebrating virtually with everyone else. If you live alone, consider exclusively celebrating with one additional household as a safe way to spend the holidays. These restrictions are mandatory in regions under Lockdown, where indoor social gatherings are not permitted, except for a gathering of members of a single household, or a gathering that includes members of a household and one other person from outside that household who lives alone. People can also visit Ontario.ca/CovidResponse to learn what public health measures are in place in their community or check with their public health unit for any additional information or restrictions.COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force and Immunization ProgramThis week the Ontario Government announced the creation of the Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force, building on the steps the government has been taking to prepare for the delivery of a vaccine. The task force will advise the province’s development and implementation of an immunization program, including the ethical, timely and effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Ontario.Rick Hillier, former Chief of Defence Staff for the Canadian Forces and Commander of the NATO-led forces during the War in Afghanistan, has been named Chair of this new task force. The new task force will be made up of experts and cross-government representatives who will provide advice and recommendations on the immunization program. Other members of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force will be announced in the coming days.Additional Initiatives to Help Keep Schools Safe including Region of HaltonOntario is introducing new initiatives and funding for school boards, communities and families to ensure they continue to be supported and so that schools remain open safely through the second wave. The provincial government is launching voluntary testing for asymptomatic students in regions of the province with a high number of active COVID-19 cases. This initiative will support schools in high-risk communities; specifically, the Ottawa, Toronto, Peel, and York regions. Ontario is also providing $13.6 million for select school boards in response to rising COVID-19 cases in Durham, Halton, Hamilton, and Waterloo to hire hundreds of staff and procure over 20,000 computer tablets. For all school boards across the province, the government is also providing funding stabilization; protecting potentially hundreds of millions of school board’s GSN funding, to help alleviate some of the impacts of unexpected enrolment declines as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as some parents have kept their kids out of the school system. The government is also instructing a mandatory training day on the first day of class in January 2020, to amplify awareness and compliance of COVID-19 safety protocols, focused on importance of distancing, hand hygiene, proper masking, and mental health.Ontario has directed the creation of two new dynamic learning portals for elementary students developed in partnership with TVO and TFO. To support students who are self-isolating, quarantining at home, or wishing to build their skills by accessing additional educational resources developed by Ontario certified teachers, the government launched TVO Learn and TFO IDÉLLO, apprendre à la maison.Ontario Implements Performance Based Funding for Postsecondary InstitutionsThe Ontario government has signed historic agreements with public colleges and universities that will revolutionize the province’s public postsecondary educational institutions. The move will help students get the education, skills and experience they need to find good jobs by ensuring postsecondary institutions offer programs that align with labour market demands. Under the previous funding agreement, students were graduating with world-class degrees but were finding it difficult to secure stable employment in their field of study.The government is now embracing changes to its postsecondary education sector that are modern and will lead to high-quality jobs. Ontario is ensuring that funding for Ontario’s colleges and universities will now be more dependent on student outcomes. The agreements, which are in effect from 2020-2025 introduce a new ‘made-in-Ontario’ performance-based funding model that places a higher weighting on student and economic outcomes — making the province a national leader in performance-based funding.Food Delivery Fee Cap to Support Restaurants
Ontario has introduced legislation that would protect restaurants from high delivery fees charged by some food delivery companies. The Supporting Local Restaurants Act, 2020, if passed, would reduce fees charged by food delivery companies in areas where indoor dining is prohibited to help more small and independent restaurants stay in business. Currently, fees placed on restaurants by food delivery companies can reach as high as 30% in Ontario. After working with the sector, the government intends to cap delivery fees at 15%.
The legislation if passed, will:  Give the government the authority to limit fees by regulation in places where indoor dining is prohibited due to public health measures. Permit fines of up to $10 million to food delivery service companies that do not comply with the law. Provide food delivery company employees or contractors with protection that their compensation will not be affected by these changes. Ontario Cancelling Road Tests for Regions in LockdownThe Ontario government is cancelling all in-vehicle road tests in regions in the Grey (Lockdown) level, effective November 23, 2020. This currently applies to all road tests in the City of Toronto and Peel Region, including the Brampton, Downsview, Etobicoke, Metro East, Mississauga and Port Union DriveTest centres. This action is being taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Road test cancellations will be without penalty and Toronto or Peel Region residents may not book a road test at a DriveTest centre in another region after November 30th.International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 25th marks the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the launch of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an opportunity to raise awareness and support victims of gender-based violence. This year Ontario is investing $172 million in supports for survivors and for violence prevention initiatives. Recognizing the impact that COVID-19 has had on women and their families, the province has moved quickly to boost support for women facing a heightened risk of violence while isolating during the pandemic.
To learn more about the services and resources available to women and families across Ontario who are affected by violence you can visit www.ontario.ca/women.Cleaner, Greener Gasoline
 
Ontario has announced that it is making gasoline that drivers use every day cleaner by becoming the first province to require fuel suppliers to increase the amount of renewable content in regular-grade gasoline to 15 per cent. This commitment was set out in the Made-In-Ontario Environment Plan and contributes to the province’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

The new regulation will provide Ontarians with cleaner fuels and reduce their carbon footprint from transportation with an expected annual reduction of up to one megatonne of greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 – the equivalent of taking 300,000 cars off the road every year.
 More Support for Children and Youth Mental Health
 
The Ontario government is providing $24.3 million in targeted investments to make it easier for children, youth and their families to access the mental health supports they need.  Last month, Ontario announced $176 million towards building a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions system. This additional $176 million builds on the $174 million that was invested last year in more funding for mental health and addictions services for people of Ontario of all ages, which saw an investment of nearly $60 million alone to support the mental health of our children and youth. 
 
In addition, Ontario recently announced an investment of $19.25 million, including $3.25 million in new mental health funding to support postsecondary education students – ensuring resources like the Good2Talk mental helpline service for students continues to be available, 24/7/365, and will also support campuses in providing front-line mental health services, including our annual commitment to CICMH. This brings new investments across the sector since last year to a total of more than $350 million in ongoing, annualized funding. Effie in the Community and at Queen’s Park
 
I had the pleasure of joining friends at the Vaishnodevi Temple in my community of Oakville North-Burlington for a celebration of Hindu Heritage Month.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, the event was held virtually and included a wonderful performance by dancers as part of the virtual celebration. Tuesday, I had the honour of rising in the Legislature to recognize the significant contributions of Hindu Ontarians and to thank Snehal and Mansi Katarey and all of the volunteers, members and friends who organized the wonderful celebration. Click here to watch the video I had the opportunity to participate in the Ontario’s Auto Mayors Caucus with Premier Ford, Economic Development Minister Victor Fedeli, Federal Industry Minister Navdeep Bains, Unifor Canada President Jerry Dias and Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford. Great discussion on the exciting future for Canada’s auto industry and our government’s commitment to help Ford Canada in #Oakville become a global hub of battery electric car production. Thank you to the Chair of Auto Mayors Caucus, Mayor Rob Burton for hosting this important event. 
I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to Karen Roche, the new Fire Chief for the City of Burlington! With her more than 24 years of experience, Karen brings a depth of knowledge and leadership to the job.
Burlington is in good hands!Oakville North-Burlington Spirit Awards
 
Over the last few weeks, 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 knowTuesday, 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