Oakville North-Burlington Update – November 4th 2022

“Our government is working to better protect Ontario students from sexual violence and misconduct on and off-campus.” – MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos

Ontario Supports Safe, Respectful Learning Environments for Postsecondary Students

The Ontario government is working to ensure postsecondary institutions are equipped with appropriate measures to address faculty and staff sexual misconduct towards students on campus.

Proposed amendments to the  Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act and the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 would:

  • Strengthen the tools available to institutions to address instances of faculty or staff sexual misconduct against students (i.e., deeming sexual abuse of a student to be just cause for dismissal and preventing the rehiring of employees found to have committed sexual abuse of a student)
  • Prevent the use of non-disclosure agreements to address instances where an employee leaves an institution to be employed at another institution and their prior wrongdoing remains a secret; and,
  • Require institutions to have employee sexual misconduct policies in place that provide rules for behaviour between faculty, staff and students as well as disciplinary measures for faculty and staff who break these rules.

Our government will always work to protect the safety and security of our young people.

Read more about how we are protecting students: Ontario Supporting Safe, Respectful Learning Environments for Postsecondary Students | Ontario Newsroom

End Violence Against Women and Girls

Every woman deserves to live in safety, with dignity, free from intimidation and the threat of violence. We must recognize the signs, so that we can end the violence. This week I spoke in the Legislature as we mark Woman Abuse Prevention Month and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Watch my statement in the house.

Keeping our Economy Strong

Ontarians are facing increased cost of living pressures and high inflation. This week, I asked Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy how our government plans to address our province’s finances during this time of global economic uncertainty.
Watch my question in the house

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

As the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, I had the opportunity to meet with Rocco Rossi, the CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and to thank them for the important work they do supporting Ontario businesses.

Keeping Schools Open for Kids

Many people have been asking me about the legislation, Bill 28, the Keeping Students in Class Act, our government passed to keep Ontario’s schools open and about the threat of a strike. Our government has been very clear about our position. All along, we made a promise: to do whatever it takes to keep kids in class. We will keep that promise.

We value the work that the staff do in our schools, and we know how important they are for a good education for students.

But let’s remember why we’re here. After demanding a 50 per cent increase in compensation, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) threatened to strike.

Since then, we’ve been at the table. Right up to the last minute, we’ve made good faith efforts to reach a fair deal. But all along, CUPE refused to take strikes and disruption off the table.

For the sake of Ontario’s two million students…to keep classrooms open, they’ve left us with no choice but to pass the Keeping Students in Class Act.

It’s disappointing that we got here. All along we had hoped to reach an agreement that’s right for students, right for parents, right for workers and right for taxpayers.

But CUPE wouldn’t budge. They refused to take a strike off the table.

Ontario Continues to Attract Investments and Create New Opportunities

Ontario continues to prove it is an attractive place for companies to grow. In October, Ontario saw the largest increase in employment across the country, with 42,700 more people now employed.

This province’s world class talent, state-of-the-art research and development facilities and a stable, safe business environment, companies and investors continue to make Ontario the place they call home.

Read Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli’s full statement: Ontario Continues to Attract Investments and Create New Opportunities | Ontario Newsroom

Ontario Launches $15 Million Life Sciences Innovation Fund

The Ontario government has launched a $15 million Life Sciences Innovation Fund. Helping life sciences entrepreneurs and innovators bring their ideas from the lab to the marketplace, Ontario will become more competitive in the global marketplace and companies will be better suited to advance made-in-Ontario solutions.

Read more about how we are positioning Ontario as a desired entrepreneurial destination:  Ontario Launches $15 Million Life Sciences Innovation Fund | Ontario Newsroom

Historic Hospital Investments – $300 Million More

The government is making historic investments in hospitals to increase capacity and to build a stronger, more resilient health care system. We’re investing $300 million in 2022–23 as part of the province’s Surgical Recovery Strategy, bringing the total investment to approximately $880 million since the start of the pandemic.

Our Surgical Recovery Strategy will ramp up surgeries and procedures, address the long waits, and to support and optimize the post-acute pediatric care pathway with a focus on areas with the greatest reduction in services due to the pandemic. This investment will also support over 150,000 additional hours of MRI and CT diagnostic imaging scans.

We’ve already added over 3,500 new critical care, acute and post-acute hospital beds and over 11,900 health care workers, including nurses and personal support workers, as well as over 1,000 internationally educated nurses have been deployed to hospitals across Ontario to gain the language and practice experience they need to become practising nurses in Ontario.
By developing part two of our Plan to Stay Open we’re addressing the urgent staffing pressures of today to ensure as many patients as possible receive care as we pivot the health system back towards recovery.

Once fully implemented, the next phase of the Plan to Stay Open will add up to 6,000 more health care workers, including nurses and personal support workers, to Ontario’s health workforce, will free up over 2,500 hospital beds so that care is there for those who need it, and will expand models of care that provide better, more appropriate care to avoid unnecessary visits to emergency

EnAbling Change Program

Ontario is now accepting applications for the EnAbling Change Program. This program is investing $1.5 million in grants to not-for-profits and organizations across a range of sectors for projects that show the value and benefits of accessibility through the development of tools and educational resources that make Ontario open to people of all abilities.

This year the EnAbling Change Program focus will be on projects that:

  • drive a culture of respect and dignity for people with disabilities,
  • support awareness of requirements and regulatory compliance under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and
  • create equitable opportunities in the jobs market.

Learn more: Ontario Supporting Stronger, More Accessible Communities | 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

Events in Our Community

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. The neighbourhood or community group must match this funding with an equal contribution made up through any combination of:

  • Volunteer hours
  • Donated services
  • Donated materials and supplies
  • Other funds raised, such as cash donations

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 28, 2023.

Congratulations to Lowe’s for Supporting Canada’s Heroes

Lowe’s Canada, a leader in the Canadian home improvement industry, is proud to announce the results of its fifth successful Lowe’s Canada Heroes campaign. From September 1 to October 7, thanks to the involvement of 313 teams from participating establishments, an unprecedented mobilization, and the generosity of clients, more than $1.44 million will be distributed to 242 charities, NPOs or public schools across the country. Each cause was chosen separately by each local team.

Thanks to our two local stores for their support:

Lowe’s Burlington North, 3270 Harrison Ct, Burlington, ON L7M 0W4 SUPPORTING Make a Wish Foundation of Canada – $ 6,235.22

RONA Burlington, 1830 Ironstone Dr, Burlington, ON L7L 5V3 SUPPORTING La Société Du Cancer du Sein du Canada – $ 7,387.00

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.