Minister of Long-Term Care Rod Phillips and MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos announce 640 new long-term care beds for Oakville North-Burlington
Oakville North-Burlington Update – October 8th, 2021

“Seniors in Oakville North-Burlington need safe and high-quality long-term care. The current waitlist is too long because of the past governments’ neglect of our long-term care system. These 640 new beds will help fix long-term care and allow seniors to stay close to loved ones. As Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Long-Term Care, I’m proud our government is helping seniors in Oakville North-Burlington and across Ontario.” – Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP 


Two New Long-Term Care Homes Being Built in Oakville North-Burlington
 
The Ontario government is building two brand new and much needed long-term care homes in Oakville. The new homes, which are expected to be open by 2025, will be modern, safe, and comfortable places to live for 640 residents.

In our fast-growing community, seniors have a pressing need for safe, high-quality long-term care. Because of past governments’ neglect of our long-term care, people have been waiting a long time for new homes. These two new homes our government is building are part of our plan to fix long-term care. They will also allow seniors to remain close to their loved ones in our community.  Quality of care must be matched by quality of life for every resident.

The new homes are being built by Schlegel Villages and part of them will offer culturally appropriate services to members of our South Asian communities. At the announcement, we were joined by Mayor Rob Burton, Oakville Councillor Pavan Parmar, Halton Healthcare CEO Denise Hardenne, Sheridan College President Janet Morrison and other guests. 

The Ontario government is making a $2.68 billion investment in long-term care to deliver 30,000 new beds over ten years. Another $4.9 billion investment over four years supports Ontario’s plan to hire more than 27,000 staff, including registered nurses, personal support workers and support staff. This will help provide an average of four hours of daily direct care per resident.

Today’s announcement is great news for our community and will make a real difference in people’s lives. As Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Long-Term Care, I am proud that our government is delivering on our commitment to the seniors of Oakville North—Burlington and across the province.
 
Effie in the CommunityIn our fast-growing community, seniors have a pressing need for safe, high-quality long-term care. Because of past governments neglect of our long-term care, people have been waiting a long time for these new homes. These two new homes our government is building are part of our plan to fix long-term care. They will also allow seniors to remain close to their loved ones in our community.  Quality of care must be matched by quality of life for every resident.The two new homes, to be built by Schlegel Villages, will also offer culturally appropriate services to members of the South Asian communities. At the announcement, we were joined by Mayor Rob Burton, Oakville Councillor Pavan Parmar, Halton Healthcare CEO Denise Hardenne, Sheridan College President Janet Morrison and other guests. The announcement is great news for our community and will make a real difference in people’s lives. As Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Long-Term Care, I am proud that our government is delivering on our commitment to the seniors of Oakville North—Burlington and across the province.
I appreciated the opportunity to have a tour of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital with Minister of Long Term-Care Rod Phillips, Halton Healthcare CEO Denise Hardenne and Schlegel Villages CEO Jamie Schlegel. Great tour of the internal field hospital and thank you for the leadership role that Halton Healthcare played in supporting long-term care residents and other patients during COVID-19. Looking forward to the building of two new LTC homes with 640 beds in Oakville North-Burlington.
With Minister Rod Phillips I visited Creek Way Village long-term care home in Burlington. Thank you for the informative tour and for the kind and compassionate care you provide our seniors in Oakville North-Burlington.
It was a pleasure to attend a celebration dinner for the 110th National Day of the Republic of China. Happy National Day to Taiwan and to the Taiwanese Canadian community celebrating in Oakville North-Burlington and Ontario.
 I was pleased to visit Ritorno  restaurant this week with Long-Term Care Minister Rod Phillips to see the famous Nonna wall and sample the delicious home-made gnocchi. Thank you Julia Hanna for the warm welcome and for this loving tribute wall honouring our mothers and grandmothers.
It was a pleasure to visit with Amgad at River Oaks Medical Pharmacy this week. Thank you for giving me a tour of your pharmacy and for the services you provide to the seniors in our community in Oakville North-Burlington.
Proof of Enhanced COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate with QR Code and Verify Ontario App Available for Download Starting October 15
 
Starting October 15, the Ontario government is making the enhanced vaccine certificate with official QR code and the free, made-in Ontario verification app, Verify Ontario, available for download. These two tools will make it easier, more secure and convenient to provide proof of vaccination where required to do so, and for businesses and organizations to verify vaccine certificates while protecting people’s privacy.
 
To ensure a smooth user experience, the province is initially making the enhanced vaccine certificates available for download in cohorts. Enhanced vaccine certificates with official QR codes will be made available for download from the COVID-19 vaccination portal over three days based on birth month:
 October 15, 12:00am to 11:59pm: All individuals born between January and AprilOctober 16, 12:00am to 11:59pm: All individuals born between May and AugustOctober 17, 12:00am to 11:59pm: All individuals born between September to DecemberStarting October 18 at 6:00 a.m., the portal will open for anyone to download their enhanced vaccine certificate, regardless of their birth month.
 
The current vaccine receipt without a QR code remains valid and will continue to be accepted. Ontarians will need to continue to show a piece of identification with their name and date of birth along with their proof of vaccination when visiting select businesses and organizations.
 
Businesses and organizations can now download the free Verify Ontario app from the Apple App and Google Play stores. The app will help businesses by making it quicker and easier to confirm if a person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while protecting their privacy. The app never stores personal information and only shows the minimum amount of information necessary to confirm vaccination.
Connecting Newcomers With Opportunities in the Skilled Trades
 
The Ontario government is investing over $900,000 to connect 900 new immigrants across the province with well-paying jobs as carpenters, electricians, plumbers, mechanics, welders, chefs and other in-demand trades. Through the free, virtual workshops, newcomers will receive training and job connections.

Through the workshops, newcomers will learn how to find an apprenticeship, what employers look for when hiring and how to get a Trades Equivalency Assessment. In addition, with the support of the Ontario government, outreach workers are being hired by the YMCA/YWCA to promote connections between newcomers, employers, and local employment service centres. These additional resources will allow them to better connect local job seekers to in-demand careers in the skilled trades.
Hispanic Heritage MonthOntario is proud to be home to over 200,000 people of Hispanic descent. This Hispanic Heritage Month let’s take time to recognize the community’s incredible contributions to our province. To all those celebrating, Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!
Oakvillegreen Conservation Association Now a Registered CharityPreviously recognized as a not-for-profit organization, Oakvillegreen was recently granted full charitable status by the Canada Revenue Agency! As a registered Canadian charity, Oakvillegreen will be able to recognize contributions from donors with official charitable tax receipts and they will qualify for a wider range of funding and grant opportunities. For more information about Oakvillegreen: https://www.oakvillegreen.org/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 serves on average approximately 250 families each week, with rice being one of their most important foodstuffs. As of now Kerr Street Mission is only able to provide each family with 0.8kg rice/month, which is about 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.php
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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.
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