Oakville North-Burlington Update – November 18th, 2022

“Our government is committed to ensuring the mental, physical and educational needs of the students of Ontario are met. We are at the table ready to negotiate a fair deal that invests more in lower income workers and keeps kids in class.” – MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos

Keeping Schools Open for 2 Million Kids

We are disappointed that only a few short days after talks restarted, CUPE has filed notice to shut down classrooms once again. Since resuming talks, the government put forward multiple improved offers that would have added hundreds of millions of dollars across the sector, especially for lower income workers. CUPE has rejected all these offers.

We said we would increase wages across the board, especially for lower paid workers, and we did. We said we would now offer a flat rate. We said we would repeal Bill 28, and we did that. We also said we would protect the best pension, benefits and sick leave program in Canada, along with funding 1800 additional education workers. Our government has consistently shown a willingness to put forward better offers, to secure a deal that will provide stability for parents and students. We remain at the table ready to land a fair deal that keeps kids in class, and we are calling on CUPE to stay at the table, prevent an unnecessary strike, and put our kids first.

I was pleased to be invited to meet with friends from the Senior Association at the Halton Sikh Cultural Association to celebrate the Sukhmani Sahib Path and the recitation of the prayer of peace.

I had an enjoyable time at the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre viewing the collection of some wonderful local artists from Halton and Peel for the 9th Annual Juried Exhibition.

Finance Minister Delivers Fall Economic Statement

This week, Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy released the 2022 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review – Ontario’s Plan to Build: A Progress Update. It includes the government’s first-ever progress report on its plan to build Ontario, as well as new targeted measures that advance its plan to build the economy, address the province’s labour shortage and help families and businesses keep costs down.

See the highlights: Ontario Delivers Progress Report and Advances its Plan to Build | Ontario Newsroom

Read the entire progress update: 2022 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review – Ontario’s Plan to Build: A Progress Update

Ontario To Cut Gas and Fuel Taxes For Additional Year

As part of its plan to keep costs down for Ontario families, seniors and businesses, the Ontario government will propose legislation that would extend the current gas and fuel tax rate cuts, limiting the gas tax to 5.7 cents per litre and the fuel tax by 5.3 cents per litre to December 31, 2023.

Our government understands that families are feeling the pressure of increased costs due to inflation, and by extending the tax rate cuts, money will stay in families’ pockets where it belongs.

We are also keeping money in Ontarians pockets by making changes that would allow a person with a disability on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) to keep more of the money they earn by increasing the monthly earnings exemption from $200 to $1,000 per month. This would allow the approximately 25,000 individuals currently in the workforce to keep more of their earnings and could encourage as many as 25,000 more to participate in the workforce.

Seniors in particular are feeling the effects of inflation. This is why we are helping to manage costs for about 200,000 of Ontario’s lowest-income seniors by proposing to double the Guaranteed Annual Income System payment for all recipients for 12 months starting January 2023, a maximum increase of almost $1,000 per person in 2023.

Learn more about the plan and other ways the Ontario government has saved families money in these trying times: Ontario To Cut Gas and Fuel Taxes For Additional Year | Ontario Newsroom

CMOH Masking Recommendation

Ontario is facing a “triple threat” this fall and winter season as we deal with COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

To protect the most vulnerable in our community – the very old, the very young, and those with underlying medical issues, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, reminded Ontarians of all the layers of protection available including:

  • Screen daily and stay home when you are sick.
  • Practice good hand hygiene.
  • Stay up to date with your vaccines.

Dr. Moore is also recommending that people wear a mask in indoor public settings.
Taking these actions will help reduce the spread of these viruses, and help deal with the surge in cases that our pediatric hospitals are seeing.

Better Municipal Governance Act

This week, the Ontario government introduced the Better Municipal Governance Act, which, if passed, would take decisive action to address the housing supply crisis by assessing how best to extend strong mayor powers and reduce municipal duplication to deliver on shared provincial-municipal priorities – primarily the building of 1.5 million new homes over the next 10 years

Ontario is expected to grow by more than two million people by 2031, with approximately 1.5 million of those people living in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region. New federal immigration targets of 500,000 new residents each year will put even more pressure on the existing housing market.

Our government has been clear that we will expand strong mayor powers to municipalities that are shovel ready and committed to growth and cutting red tape. This act aims to do just that.

Learn more here: Better Municipal Governance Act, 2022 | Ontario Newsroom

Investing $300M in Healthcare to Bolster Hospital Capacity

The Ontario government is making historic investments in hospitals to increase capacity and to build a stronger, more resilient health care system.

In 2023, $300 million will be invested as part of the province’s Surgical Recovery Strategy, which will ramp up surgeries and procedures, address long waits, and support the post-acute pediatric care pathway with a focus on areas with the greatest reduction in services due to the pandemic.  This brings the total investment to approximately $880 million since the start of the pandemic.

 

Ontario Supporting 2,700 Paid Internships for Students

The Ontario government is providing $10 million to help Mitacs create 2,700 paid internships for postsecondary students. This investment will support high-quality research in the province, while also equipping students with the necessary skills to secure in-demand jobs after graduating.

Investing in our students and recent graduates is a part of the government’s commitment to work for workers, supporting Ontario’s economic growth and positioning businesses and students for success, and making Ontario an attractive location for investors.

Learn more about the investment: Ontario Supporting More Paid Internships for Postsecondary Students | Ontario Newsroom

Long-Term Care Investments in Oakville

As part of our government’s plan to build 30,000 new long-term care beds in 10 years, Schlegel Villages will be building two long-term care homes with 640 beds across the street from the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.
Learn more about the governments commitment: Ontario on Track to Build 30,000 New Long-Term Care Beds | Ontario Newsroom

Flu Shots Available to all Ontarians Six Months of Age and Older

As of November 1st, flu shots are available. Contact your primary care provider or local public health unit to get your shot as soon as possible. For more information on the flu, visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/flu-facts

Ontario Trillium Foundation Recipients

II am pleased to recognize the Ontario Trillium Fund recipients from Oakville and Burlington! These grants provide support to many worthy organizations and charities in our community.

  • Acclaim Health – $22,600
  • Aldershot Tennis Club – $135,550
  • Bandology – $39,400
  • Burlington Food Bank – $28,000
  • Burl-Oak Theatre Group – $43,000
  • Compassion Society of Halton – $60,000
  • Crusaders Rugby Club – $150,000
  • Drury Lane Theatrical Productions Inc – $150,000
  • Food for Life – $82,000
  • Halton Industry Education Council – $41,500
  • Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre – $67,100
  • Oakville Choral Society – $14,200
  • Oakville Parent-Child Centre (OPCC) – $150,000
  • Shifra Homes Inc. – $125,000
  • Summit Housing and Outreach Programs – $17,000
  • The Children’s Aid Society of the Regional Municipality of Halton – $22,500
  • The Oakville Curling Club – $33,000
  • YMCA of Oakville – $150,000

Congratulations!

Other Ontario News

Ontario Takes Next Steps in Building Signature Subway Line Ontario Newsroom

Ontario Helping More Young People Train for In-Demand Careers in Construction | Ontario Newsroom

Ontario Finalizes Electrification and Energy Transition Panel | Ontario Newsroom

November 30th is Deadline for Page Program at Queens Park

Each year approximately 150 young students from grades 7 and 8 from across Ontario are selected to participate in Ontario’s Legislative Page Program. This unique educational program for Ontario students provides an opportunity to experience the provincial legislature in action.  Legislative Pages meet key parliamentary and political figures and learn first-hand about Ontario’s Parliament and the legislative process.

Applications for the spring 2023 term are now open. Applications will be accepted until November 30th, 2022.
Learn More about Eligibility and Apply:
https://www.ola.org/en/visit-learn/programs/about-page-program

You are invited to join Effie at the Oakville Santa Claus Parade this Saturday! Meet us at Reynolds Street and Lakeshore Road in downtown Oakville at 8:30 am.

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Nominations portal is open.  If you would like to nominate an excellent local business in Burlington, please check it out. Think big; Community-led projects could receive up to $10,000

The City of Burlington is now accepting applications for the Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund (NCMF). Approved community group-led projects could receive 50 per cent of their funding up to $10,000. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 28, 2023.

The Oakville Community Foundation launched GIVEOakville this month! Running from November 10th to December 12th, GIVEOakville is a resource designed to connect generous community members with charities that are certified for local impact. This means they’ve been reviewed by the foundation to ensure they’re making a difference in our community.

If you’d like to make a difference this holiday season, visit GIVE Guide – Oakville Community Foundation (theocf.org)

Oakville North-Burlington Spirit Awards

In recent months, I have been proud to honour a number of volunteers who have contributed to making our community better. 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 our community, please contact my office and let me know.