Oakville North-Burlington Update – September 30, 2022

“Ontario is consulting about expanding health and benefits coverage for people in part-time or precarious jobs. Expanding coverage will help our province attract the best workers from across the country and the world.”- Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP 

Ontario Preparing to Expand Health and Benefits Coverage – Have Your Say

The Ontario government is seeking public feedback as it moves forward with plans to expand benefits like health, dental, prescription drug and vision care to more workers who need coverage. Results from an online public survey, open until December 16, will inform the design and implementation of a proposed benefits plan that would make Ontario the first province in Canada to cover millions of precarious workers in sectors such as retail, the gig economy and hospitality.

Most workers in Ontario with full-time, permanent jobs have medical insurance and dental coverage. However, fewer than a quarter of people who work part-time or in precarious jobs have similar benefits, which means these workers and their families often have to make difficult choices between their health and other necessities like food and shelter. Independent contractors, gig workers, low-wage workers, newcomers, younger workers and racialized people are less likely to have workplace benefits.
Expanding health and benefits coverage is part of Ontario’s ambitious plan to attract the best workers from across Canada – and around the world – by making the province the best place to live, work and raise a family.

With Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, I was pleased to join Ethan and his brother Matthew with their friends Carter, Hunter, Oliver & Spencer at the Second Annual Sleep Out.
They organized this event to shine a light on youth homelessness. A record $14,000 was raised for Covenant House INSERT LINK. Thank you for making a difference and inspiring other young people in our community!

This week I toured the Women’s Centre of Halton with Charmaine Williams, Ontario’s Minister of Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity and MPP Stephen Crawford. Thank you to the team and volunteers at the centre for all the vital supports you provide to women in our community.

I had a very informative meeting with Mazun and Jeffrey from the Professional Engineers of Ontario  – Oakville Chapter. They do important work in our community and across the province. I look forward to joining them next month at their Take Your MPP to Work Day!.

Investing $198 Million in Ontario-made Research and Innovation

The Ontario government is supporting Ontario-made innovation with an investment of more than $198 million in research projects at colleges, universities and research hospitals across the province. The funding is being delivered through the Ontario Research Fund and Early Researcher Awards and supports researchers in making discoveries that advance knowledge, drive progress and create jobs for the people of Ontario.
Research and innovation are important drivers of Ontario’s economic growth, and through these investments, our government will ensure that our research and research infrastructure continue to be competitive and attract the best and brightest talent to the province

Ontario Investing an Additional $90 Million into Skills Development Fund

Our government is investing an additional $90 million to support innovative training projects that upskill workers and jobseekers, preparing them for meaningful careers in their communities. As part of a plan to build a stronger province, this third funding round, which opens September 29th, is open to anyone who is unemployed or underemployed, and will prioritize programs helping people with prior involvement in the criminal justice system, at-risk youth, people with disabilities, Indigenous people, Ukrainian newcomers, and others facing barriers to employment.

Over 370,000 jobs are going unfilled across the province, costing billions in lost productivity. To address this, the Fund supports ground-breaking programs that connect jobseekers with the skills and training they need to find well-paying careers close to home. The previous two rounds of funding delivered 388 training projects, helping more than 393,000 people take the next step in their careers in in-demand industries


Creating More Economic Opportunities for Women in Ontario

The Ontario government is investing $6.9 million over the next three years to expand and enhance the Investing in Women’s Futures program. The program, which provides resources and training opportunities to help women develop in-demand skills for jobs, is being expanded to up to 10 new centres and further funding is being provided to the 23 centres currently offering the program.

The Investing in Women’s Futures program provides employment training opportunities and supports for women facing social and economic barriers, including abuse and isolation, so they can overcome barriers, increase well-being, build skills and gain employment. The new service delivery sites will be selected through a call for applications, which is now open to eligible organizations until Tuesday, November 8, 2022.


 National Day of Trust and Reconciliation

September 30th marks #OrangeShirtDay, a day to recognize residential school survivors and their families. Today, we honour the survivors and acknowledge the long-lasting effect of residential schools still felt in Canada

Our government will continue to work towards creating a more prosperous future with Indigenous partners and communities in #Ontario. That is why I am participating in #OrangeShirtDay to honour the Indigenous children and families impacted by the residential school system.

Ontario is marking its second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by encouraging students and Ontarians to learn about the legacy of the Indian residential school system and support greater understanding of the importance of working to advance meaningful reconciliation.


Upcoming Events in our Community

October 15  and 22 – Oakvillegreen Treeplanting at Buttonbush Woods Park

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.