Oakville North-Burlington Update – October 21st 2022.

“New home buyers deserve to be protected from unethical builders and vendors who unfairly cancel a new home or agreement. This is why our government is doubling fines for unfair cancellations to $50,000.”- Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP 

Ontario Doubling Fines for Unethical and Illegal New Home Cancellations

The Ontario Government is working to protect new home buyers. This week, we proposed changes under the New Home Construction Licensing Act, which would double maximum fines for unethical builders and vendors who unfairly cancel a new home project or terminate a purchase agreement. Maximum penalties would increase from $25,000 to $50,000, with no limit to additional monetary benefit penalties.

The Home Construction Regulatory Authority will also be able to use the money received from penalties to make payments back directly to the consumer affected by builders and vendors who break the law.

Read more about the plan: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1002407/ontario-doubling-fines-for-unethical-and-illegal-new-home-cancellations

This week I visited the Oakville GO with Associate Minister of Transportation Stan Cho and Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford

The Ontario Government has made taking transit a little easier. On GO Transit or Oakville Transit you can now tap on or off with your credit card – and this will be extended to other GTA transit systems shortly. If your card is connected to your phone or smartwatch, you can use those too!.

Small Business Week

This Small Business Week, we thank all the entrepreneurs and small businesses who are the backbone of the Ontario economy and provide good paying jobs for people across the province.

I encourage you to visit a small business in your community this weekend and shop local. Watch the video clip we’ve made thanking our small businesses.

 

Helping Oakvillegreen Protect our Water with Rain Gardens

The Ontario Government is investing more than $49,000 in Oakvillegreen’s project “Oakville Ready for Rain, Raingardens” through the Ministry of the Environment’s Great Lakes Local Action Fund. This investment will build 10 new rain gardens in our community and will plant 220 native plants for pollinators in the Lake Ontario watershed. I was pleased to join in personally last weekend helping our young Oakville environmental activists plant trees.

Student Award

It was a pleasure to have Halton District School Board student Arthur visit my office so that I could congratulate him on his Student of Excellence award. I know he is well on his way to making a great contribution in our community.

Turkey Trot

Last Sunday, Rotary North Burlington Hosted their annual Turkey Trot, raising over $18,000 to help those in need in our community, and internationally, through projects sponsored by the Rotary Burlington North Foundation.

Congratulations to 10k run winner Juan Arango and 5k run winner Andrew Armstrong and thank you to all volunteers and attendees.

Toronto Economic Forum

The Hellenic Initiative of Canada partnered with the Delphi Economic Forum to hold the inaugural Toronto Economic Forum. I had the honour of representing the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Vic Fedeli at the event and spoke about opportunities for investors in Ontario’s diverse economy – from electric vehicles to energy and many more.

Government, diplomatic and business leaders from Greece and Canada had the chance to explore potential collaborations and business opportunities, especially in the fields of tourism, pharmaceutical, technology and mineral resources sectors between our countries.

Supporting Ontario’s Life Sciences Entrepreneurs

I was pleased to represent the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli at this week’s Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners (TIAP) event at JLabs Toronto. The event discussed advancing life sciences in academia, industry and the investment community. TIAP has just announced it is working with Evotec and Amgen to help start-up companies with their LAB150 program.

Earlier this year, the government announced Taking Life Sciences to the Next Level – a 10-year plan to grow Ontario’s life sciences sector and position the province as a global leader. This plan will create high paying jobs, seed innovation, and keep Ontarians healthy across the province and the world. Partnerships like LAB150 are proof that Ontario is full of opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators.

Education Catch Up Payments and Learning Recovery Supports

This week Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced the next steps on Ontario’s Plan to Catch Up. New initiatives announced include the launch of the Catch-Up Payments web portal for direct payments to parents for additional tutoring supports, supplies or equipment that enhance student learning. As well. the new measures include Math Action Teams deployed to underperforming school boards; new digital resources to support parents, students and educators; new universal screening for reading for Ontario’s youngest learners; and the extension of the government’s historic tutoring support program. Parents may receive $200 or $250 per child to help offset costs as they support their children as they catch up.

Ontario Launches Skilled Trades Career Fairs for Students

Our Ontario Government is committed to working for workers. This fall, we are launching career fairs to prepare the next generation of workers for rewarding and well-paying jobs in the skilled trades. These young workers will help fill shortages in high-demand sectors. The Level Up! skilled trades career fairs are open to all students, including First Nations schools and all publicly funded school boards, click on the Level Up link to find out more about upcoming career fairs.

 

Persons Day

This week, we celebrated Persons Day. We honoured the bravery of the “Famous Five,” Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby and Henrietta Muir Edwards. Recognizing that women could not be appointed to the Senate because they were not legally considered ‘persons’, the Famous Five joined efforts to have the definition changed.

After a two-year legal battle, they won their case for women to sit in the Senate. This landmark case paved the way for women to participate equally in all aspects of life in Canada including political life.

Burlington Economic Development Digital Transformation Grant

The $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant provides small businesses with training and digital resources to reach more customers online. Find out now if you are eligible to apply!

Page Program at Queens Park

Each year approximately 150 young students from grades 7 and 8 are selected to participate in Ontario’s Legislative Page Program. This unique educational program 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.

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.