Oakville North-Burlington Newsletter July 5, 2024



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Thank you, everyone, for being a part of the 5th Annual Canada Day Parade in Oakville North-Burlington.

Five years ago, we started this parade to show our gratitude to frontline health workers and to connect with seniors who were isolated during the pandemic. It’s heartwarming to see how this initiative has grown into a beloved tradition. Visiting seniors and staff in long-term care homes and seniors’ residences was truly a joy, and I hope they felt our appreciation.

A special thank you to the Oakville Fire and Burlington Fire Departments, as well as the Halton Regional Police Service, for their escort and contributions to the festivities. I also extend my gratitude to my MPP colleague Natalie Pierre for joining us.

Watch the recap video here! https://www.facebook.com/share/v/HxTvijBqcVoSJuLH/

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Longo’s Walkers Line Receives Award from Foodland Ontario

It was great meeting Luis and Austin from Longo’s this week! Longo’s Walkers Line takes pride in their creative store displays, and Foodland Ontario has taken notice. Luis, Austin and their Longo’s colleagues are 1 of 36 Ontario retailers receiving a Foodland Ontario Silver Award of Merit for their excellence in promoting Ontario produce. Thank you for making our Oakville North-Burlington community a brighter and healthier place to live!


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Nurturing Ontario’s Agri-Business Partnerships

I was honoured to receive the ‘Gloves of Gratitude’ and Certificate from Grain Farmers of Ontario. The Government is committed to supporting Ontario’s hard-working farmers through programs like the Risk Management Program. Together, we’ll continue to nurture and grow our province’s agricultural sector.


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Ontario Adds 9,800 Jobs in June

Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, issued the following statement on today’s monthly employment release by Statistics Canada, which showed Ontario added 9,800 jobs in June, including 8,600 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

For the sixth consecutive month, employment in Ontario has increased, demonstrating that our plan to rebuild the economy is working.
Since the beginning of this year, more than 140,000 jobs have been added to our economy as our government continues to work hard to attract new investments and create jobs in every part of the province.

In June, we led a delegation to Europe and set-up shop at the Collision Conference in Toronto, promoting Ontario’s business competitiveness, strong supply chains and highly skilled workforce to international companies.
As part of our Regional Development Program, which provides financial support and advisory services to local businesses looking to expand, we welcomed $93 million in new investments last month from four manufacturing companies in Oxford County. These investments will create 187 new, good-paying jobs in southwestern Ontario.

Our government is also laser-focused on strengthening relationships with our neighbours to the south. Cross-border trade is crucial to the region, generating billions of dollars in economic activity and supporting millions of jobs. That’s why, over the past year, our government has signed agreements with IllinoisIndianaMichigan and Nevada to boost trade, attract investment and foster ongoing collaboration across our manufacturing, tech and life sciences sectors.

As we navigate ongoing global uncertainty, we will continue to work with workers, business groups and governments on both sides of the border to create better jobs and bigger paycheques for more Ontario workers.”

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Ontario Expanding Pathways for Newcomers Working in Health Care

The Ontario government is making changes to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) to expand the health care workforce, increase the occupations eligible for the In-Demand Skills stream and protect newcomers from immigration fraud. These changes help address ongoing labour shortages in key sectors such as health care while also better protecting newcomers to the province.

The province’s economic immigration program will now exempt nurses who are registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario in designated classes from being required to provide a bachelor’s degree to qualify for the OINP Express Entry Human Capital Priorities and French-Speaking Skilled Worker streams. This change will create additional pathways for internationally educated nurses, to receive a nomination through the program, enabling Ontario to better expand the health care workforce to meet the needs of Ontarians.

Learn More: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1004804/ontario-expanding-pathways-for-newcomers-working-in-health-care


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Getting Moving on Highway 413

Premier Ford recently visited the site of Highway 413, where work is already well underway as they prepare to start construction next year!

Crews are on site, drilling and testing the soil, and they’re already designing bridges and interchanges as they map out the best route forward. In the coming months, we will see even more progress that will help get drivers moving across the GTA.

Click here for more details: https://www.facebook.com/share/v/SVuNHqHaRY6v8GAw/

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Ontario Investing Over $3.6 Million to Train Workers in Hamilton

The Ontario government is investing over $3.6 million through the Skills Development Fund (SDF) in four training projects and one building expansion project in Hamilton. These investments will provide free training for up to 3,800 apprentices, journeypersons and jobseekers, preparing them for careers in in-demand jobs such as millwright, welding and electrical trades.

Over the next decade, more than 500,000 additional workers will be needed in skilled trades-related occupations in Ontario. These skilled jobs are needed more than ever as Ontario moves forward with our plan to build more homes, highways and other key infrastructure across the province. The government is investing in the skilled trades with training, new equipment and new facility construction and renovations. These enhanced training centres will help thousands of additional workers get the training they need to get better jobs and ensure employers can find the skilled workers they need.

Learn more: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1004787/ontario-investing-over-36-million-to-train-workers-in-hamilton


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Ontario and Alberta Partnering to Create More Opportunities for Internationally Trained Skilled Workers
 

The governments of Ontario and Alberta are supporting a framework for collaboration on international credential recognition and post-journeyperson certification. This partnership will put Canadian workers first by reducing interprovincial barriers and red tape for credential recognition and encourage the flow of labour between Ontario and Alberta. Ontario is seeking ways to open pathways into the trades for more apprentices and remove barriers for internationally trained workers to fill in-demand labour needs locally. At the same time, Alberta is looking to expand its list of international credentials to address gaps in the skilled labour market and fill openings in high-demand fields.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the provinces will work together to share expertise and information and explore an international credential recognition framework for skilled trades that will enhance this process and support mobility between these jurisdictions. A common framework could lead to more internationally skilled workers with verified credentials to write the certifying exam.

Private sector industry and labour stakeholders have identified a need for post-journeyperson upgrading courses and credentials to meet the evolving needs of the Canadian economy. This partnership between Alberta and Ontario will help expand offerings of post-journeyperson certifications to support graduates of apprenticeship programs in upskilling and achieving pathways to further their career prospects.

Learn More: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1004810/ontario-and-alberta-partnering-to-create-more-opportunities-for-internationally-trained-skilled-workers




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Oakville North-Burlington Spirit Awards

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