Oakville North-Burlington Update – September 23, 2022

“We’ve made transit a little bit easier to use by installing credit card tap payments, starting with GO, Oakville Transit and two other transit systems. Soon, this new, easier-to-use method will be rolled out across the 905. – Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP 

Ontario’s More Ways to Pay – Tap Your Credit Card to Pay on Transit

Associate Transportation Minister Stan Cho announced our government’s plan to make transit more convenient by introducing “More Ways to Pay”. It’s a new credit card payment option that allows commuters to tap-on using their credit cards on GO, MiWay, Brampton and Oakville Transit. Since August 2022, we’ve reached an impressive milestone of 100,000 successful taps across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Allowing riders to simply tap on with their credit cards is yet another example of how our government is bettering the transit experience, respecting taxpayers’ money and helping people get to where they need to go. As a next step, the government is working towards expanding the tap-on credit card payment option across the 905.

I was pleased to join with Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford, Oakville Councillor Tom Adams, School Trustee Dominique Janssen, students and teachers to raise the Franco-Ontarian Flag at Oakville Town Hall. September 25 is Franco-Ontarian Day and it marks the important contributions of French-speaking Ontarians to our culture, history and prosperity.

 

Acclaim Health does great work for seniors in our community. I was pleased to support their vital work with their Dine in Because You Care fundraiser. Thanks to all of the volunteers and sponsors who made it a success!

 

It was Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Day this week, with 100% of funds raised going to Food4Kids Halton, which provides more than 900 healthy food packages that are distributed in more than 100 schools in Halton Region. Thank you to everyone who bought a cookie and to Tim Hortons and their staff for sponsoring the event!

I was thrilled to attend the 103rd International Plowing Match & Rural Expo in Kemptville, just outside of Brockville in eastern Ontario. The match is the largest agricultural expo in North America showcasing the importance of farming in Ontario. A good reminder to look for local products produced by our farmers here in Ontario. Thank you to the organizers and volunteers!

Ontario Helping People on Social Assistance Find Good Jobs

The Ontario Government has streamlined employment supports to help people on social assistance find good jobs. Initial results show the new system has already helped 17,200 people, including 5,700 people receiving social assistance, secure employment in Peel, Hamilton-Niagara, and Muskoka-Kawartha. With these successes, the government will be rolling out the program across the province in the next year.
Ontario is facing the largest labour shortage in a generation with nearly 400,000 jobs going unfilled. Yet, we have over 800,000 people on social assistance, many who are eager to work but are being left behind by our current system. The status quo – where only 1% of people on social assistance find work each year – isn’t working.
That is why our government is making it easier for jobseekers, especially those on social assistance, to get the training they need to find better jobs and earn bigger paycheques to support themselves and their families.
Our new customer service approach, which integrates Ontario Works Employment Assistance and the Ontario Disability Support Program – Employment Supports program into Employment Ontario, creating a one-stop service that’s easy to use.

Supporting Francophone Ontarians

The Ontario government is supporting 50 new projects, representing an overall investment of $2 million, under the 2022-2023 edition of the Francophone Community Grants Program. Projects include initiatives that will help to recruit and train Francophone and bilingual workers, develop French-language services for women, youth, seniors and newcomers, and support exhibitions, festivals and cultural events that showcase Francophone heritage

Upcoming Events in our Community

September 24 – (Virtual walk week September 18-24) Halton’s Women Place is staging Hope in High Heels at Burlington City Hall Civic Square for people to show their support for women facing domestic violence. Find out more at https://haltonwomensplace.com/events/

September 24 – Chrissy’s 5th Annual Bake Sale Fundraiser, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 609 Fourth Line in Oakville. Proceeds will be donated to Lighthouse for Grieving Children. Find out more at https://lighthousegriefsupport.org/events/chrissys-bake-sale-fundraiser/

September 25 – The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Canada is holding a run to raise funds for Joseph Brant Hospital. You can find out more at https://raceroster.com/events/2022/62924/run-for-burlington.

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