Oakville North-Burlington Update – October 7th, 2022

“We will continue supporting long-term care residents in our community and across Ontario by investing in hiring 225 more Nurse Practitioners.” – Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP 

Ontario Hiring 225 Additional Nurse Practitioners in the Long-Term Care Sector
This week, the Minster of Long-Term Care Paul Calandra announced a $57.6 million dollar investment in the long-term care sector. Through the Hiring More Nurse Practitioner (HMNP) for Long-Term Care Program, 225 nurses will be recruited and retained.
Adding these nurse practitioners will improve health outcomes for residents, and their leadership and mentoring will help other staff gain the knowledge and ability they need to better assist long-term care residents.

 

With Labour Minster Monte McNaughton and MPP Stephen Crawford, I was pleased to meet with our Everyday Heroes – the firefighters at the Oakville Fire Station 7 this week. We are thankful to our firefighters for their selflessness and bravery as they work each and every day on the frontlines to protect the residents of our community and people across Ontario.

ur government is committed to helping workers find good paying jobs. As part of our plan to tackle the labour shortage we created our Skills Development Fund. This fund supports innovative initiatives that help job seekers gain the skills and training they need to find secure work. This week, I was pleased to join Labour Minster Monte McNaughton to announce $3.7 million investment in Merit Ontario providing funds to expand its job bank to assist up to 2,500 new workers find well-paying jobs close to home.

Congratulations to new Captain Anthony Vukojevic of the 540 Golden Hawks Canadian Air Cadet Squadron! The Goldenhawks are a Cadet Squadron that have been part of Oakville since 1951, providing youth with valuable life and work skills in a team environment. We are all proud of your accomplishments and look forward to your leadership. #540Proud

Licence Plate Renewals

Our government made a promise that we would keep costs down for the people on Ontario. At a time when Ontario drivers and their families needed it most, our government took meaningful action to provide them with financial relief.
By eliminating the fee to renew your licence plate, over $2.2 billion went back into the pockets of over 7 million hardworking Ontarians, where it belongs. Removal of licence plate fees is just one part of the efforts our government has made and will continue to make to cut costs for the people of Ontario.

Ontario Expanding Energy Efficiency to Help Families and Businesses Keep Costs Down
Our government is committed to keeping energy costs down for families and businesses. To do so we have invested in our energy-efficiency programs, committing $342 million to bring the total budget over four years to $1 billion. This expansion will keep costs down for all ratepayers, reducing system costs by over $650 million and creating enough electricity to power approximately 130,000 homes for a year.
Energy conservation is integral to the efforts to build a cleaner, greener Ontario. Funding to use less energy is better for our planet and people. Generating clean, renewable and affordable energy combats climate change while saving money for those who use it.
Overall, the savings from this energy efficiency program will result in an estimated three million tonnes of Greenhouse Gas emissions over its lifetime. In perspective, this is equivalent to taking approximately 600,000 cars off the road for one year.
We will continue to support economic growth while protecting our planet.

Agriculture Week

It’s Agriculture week! Our government would like to thank all those who work in our Agri-Business sector. Ontario’s nearly 48,000 farms produce sustainably grown over 200 agricultural commodities for us Ontarians.
As we prepare to spend time with loved ones while we enjoy great food this Thanksgiving, our government would like to recognize everyone involved in getting our produce from farm to table. Ontario’s hard-working farmers, processors, transporters, and retailers ensure our shelves are full, and our kitchen tables are too.
Good things grow in Ontario!

Coyote Safety

Coyotes are an important part of Ontario’s biodiversity, and most coyotes in urban areas are fearful of humans. If you see a coyote, keep your distance and the animal will likely avoid you. You do not need to report sightings of coyotes unless they present an immediate threat to public safety.
If you encounter an aggressive animal: If a wild animal poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety — call 911
Learn more about avoiding coyote conflicts at ontario.ca/coyotes.

Combatting Cybercrime – $1.6 Million investment

Our government is taking steps to protect citizens of Ontario from the ever-growing threat of cybercrime. We are working to finding solutions to help prevent cybercrime – especially crimes such as internet fraud schemes that affect vulnerable seniors; the luring of young people via social media that can lead to human trafficking; online scams that target local businesses; and hate crimes.
An investment of $1.6 million will help local organizations and their police services to increase awareness about these crimes and ultimately prevent them from happening. Ontario prides itself in its diversity and protecting targeted groups from these despicable cybercrimes is something the Ontario government takes very seriously. By developing a network that consists of local organizations, their police forces and the Ontario government, cyber-criminals will be dealt with effectively.

 

Oakvillegreen Treeplanting at Buttonbush Woods Park
On October 15th from 10am to 12pm, please join me planting trees to support the tree canopy building efforts of Oakvillegreen in our community! We will meet at the Buttonbush Woods Park, 3295 Meadow Marsh Crescent in Oakville. Let’s work together to create a greener Ontario. Volunteer hours will be provided for students. Please rsvp at Effie.triantafilopoulos@pc.ola.org. https://www.oakvillegreen.org/

 

Thanksgiving Wishes from Effie

As we enter the Thanksgiving weekend, I would like to wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope that your Thanksgiving is filled with joy, and you are surrounded by your loved ones. We have so much to be thankful for as a community and a province.

 

Oakville North-Burlington Spirit Awards

We have so many individuals in our community who contribute to making our community better. Thank you for your community spirit. Over the past years, I have been proud to honour a number of these. 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.