Minister Rod Phillips and MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos announce funding to help homes hire and retain the staff they need to increase daily direct careOakville North-Burlington Update – October 8th, 2021
More staff means more care for residents in our long-term care homes. We will be increasing direct care from 2.75 hours to 4 hours over 4 years. To meet this goal, we are investing $270 million to hire more than 4,000 staff this year alone. In Oakville North-Burlington, this means our six long-term care homes will receive $3.4 million this year alone. Our government will ensure seniors in long-term care receive high-quality, compassionate care when they need it.” – Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP 
 
Acting to Immediately Increase Staffing in Long-term Care, Leading to More Direct Care for Residents
 
The Ontario government will provide up to $270 million this year to long-term care homes across the province to increase staffing levels, leading to more direct care for residents. This includes $3,384,045 for long-term care homes in Oakville North—Burlington. This is part of the province’s commitment to ensure long-term care residents receive—on average—four hours of direct care per day by 2024-25. It was also announced that as part of the government’s plan to fix long-term care, it will bring forward legislation that will enshrine its commitment to four hours of care into law. 
These funds will increase care for residents at:  Chartwell Waterford Long Term Care Residence, in Oakville, will receive up to $598,442 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $3,665,376 annually more than their current funding.  Creekway Village, in Burlington, will receive up to $512,950 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $3,141,744 annually more than their current funding.  Northridge, in Oakville, will receive up to $473,764 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $2,901,756 annually more than their current funding.  Post Inn Village, in Oakville, will receive up to $812,174 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $4,974,420 annually more than their current funding.  The Village of Tansley Woods, in Burlington, will receive up to $512,950 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $3,141,744 annually more than their current funding.  West Oak Village, in Oakville, will receive up to $473,764 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $ 2,901,756 annually more than their current funding.  Currently, residents receive an average of two hours and 45 minutes of direct care from nurses and personal support workers. This funding will increase the daily average to 3 hours, per resident per day by the end of this fiscal year. This funding also includes $42.8M to homes to increase care by allied health care professionals (such as physiotherapists and social workers) by 10% this year. 
The government is investing $4.9 billion over four years to boost direct resident care to an average of four hours daily by increasing care staff by more than 27,000 people. Hiring thousands of new staff at long-term homes and increasing the amount of care they deliver each year will be made possible by annual funding increases to homes: $270 million in 2021-22 $673 million in 2022-23 $1.25 billion in 2023-24 $1.82 billion in 2024-25 Choices Expanded for Prospective Nursing Students
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Please click here to watch the videoIt was a pleasure to meet with the Board of Oakville Festivals of Film & Art to announce funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation Community Building Grant. This funding of $50,000 will help cover the cost of operating expenses and continue your mission of fostering an appreciation of film and art. Congrats and thank you for offering relevant, timely and enlightened filmworks in our community!I participated in the United Way Halton and Hamilton Walk This Way Fundraiser. Thank you to everyone who joined in and for showing your Local Love for Oakville North-Burlington. Your help and fundraising will assist United Way in running its network of 266 programs in support of our most vulnerable.Effie at Queens Park
I joined Minister Rod Phillips at George Brown College to announce that Ontario will be providing $270 million this year alone to hire more than 4,000 new staff in long-term care homes. The Ontario Government is delivering on its commitment to improve care for seniors in long-term care homes, including increasing direct care from average of 2.75 to 4 hours per day. More staff means more care.

Thank you to Dr. Gervan Fearon, President of George Brown College and PSW students who gave us a hands-on demonstration in the Simulation Centre and Health eHome. After years of neglect and inaction by previous governments, we are committed to fixing long-term care.It was an honour today to rise in the Ontario Legislature to mark the 61st Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Cyprus on October 1. Cyprus built a thriving nation and one day hopes to see the island reunited. We honour Canadian peacekeepers who sacrificed to keep the peace and the 29 Canadians who lost their lives. Cypriot Canadians have made and continue to make tremendous contributions to our culture and our prosperity in Canada and Ontario. To all the people of Cyprus and to Cypriot descendants in Canada, lets honour this anniversary for a Cyprus that will remain free and independent
Please Click here to watch the videoYour Mental Health is just as important as your physical health. This week was Mental Illness Awareness Week, where we took time to remember the importance of checking in on our loved ones. Please practice self-care, mindfulness and seek support if you need it. https://www.ontario.ca/page/find-mental-health-supportOctober is Caribbean Heritage Month, which gives us an opportunity to learn about the rich culture, heritage, and accomplishments of Caribbean Ontarians. Ontario is proud to have Canada’s largest Caribbean community. This month lets recognize the incredible contributions Caribbean Ontarians make in Halton and across our province every single day. To all those celebrating, happy Caribbean Heritage Month!Wishing everyone in Oakville North-Burlington and across Ontario a very happy Thanksgiving and may you enjoy the warmth of family this season. Best wishes from my family to yours.Rotary Burlington North – Virtual Turkey Trot
This year, from October 1-11, Rotary Burlington North will host its annual Turkey Trot virtually in support of Burlington Food Bank! Please consider joining Rotary Burlington North by walking, running or riding and help raise $25,000 for our neighbours in need this Thanksgiving. To register.

Kerr Street Missions – Race for Rice
Please consider helping Kerr Street Mission by dropping off rice in a bag or box until October 30, 2021 at the OakvilleReady Hub near you. Kerr Street Mission, on average, serves approximately 250 families each week, with rice having the highest rate of consumption. As of now Kerr Street Mission is only able to provide each family with 0.8kg rice/month – translating that into the year it equates to 9.6kg/year.
To find your local OakvilleReady Hub: https://oakvilleready.ca/leaders.php

Let’s Haunt Hunger
Join the OakvilleReady team as they re-imagine Halloween and create a new kind of treat for our community! Help give back to the community while having fun. This safe and contactless event will be collecting non-perishable items.
OakvilleReady’s ‘Let’s Haunt Hunger’ will be taking place on October 30th, at Town Square downtown Oakville. Wear a costume to enter your chance to win 1 of 3 $100 gift cards from your favourite downtown Oakville business! For more information: https://oakvilleready.ca/OakvilleReady-Food-Drive.phpMore Important News Stories This weekTargeted COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Screening to Keep Students SafeSupporting Non-Profits through the Community Building FundSupporting People and BusinessesOntario Launches Free Menstrual Products in SchoolsProviding Financial Relief to EmployersOakville 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.Recognizing the contribution Meer has made to our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your volunteerism and your eagerness to help others.
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