May E-Newsletter

Message From Your MPP

Dear Neighbours,

As we gear up for the sun-soaked season of summer, the month of May takes on an electrifying new meaning in Ontario. It’s a time when we come together to celebrate the rich cultural tapestry that makes our province vibrant and unique. From Polish to South Asian to Jewish Heritage Month, this time of the year is packed with joyous festivities to honor the incredible contributions of different communities. 

It’s also a crucial time for students as they gear up for their upcoming exams, to all the hardworking scholars out there, Best of Success for the milestone of future endeavors.

We are committed to providing world-class education in Ontario, The Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act to improve student achievement and well-being is another concrete step our government is taking to ensure our students are ready for modern jobs. This act seeks to improve teacher training, parental engagement, school construction, student well-being, and the hiring of additional educators.

The Ontario government has taken a crucial step to address the province’s labor shortage by investing $25 million in the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) to double the number of economic immigrants selected in 2025. Our recent roundtable with local stakeholders provided invaluable insights to improving the immigration process and attracting skilled workers to Ontario. 

Finally, I am delighted to invite you to join us at Malton Community Center on May 7th to celebrate Mother’s Day, an occasion to honor the invaluable contributions of mothers to their families and communities. Looking forward to celebrating together the mothers with the apples of their eyes.

Deepak Anand

Community Office

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Consultations

Thank you everyone for joining me and Minister McNaughton, for the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program consultations on April 12th.

The ideas shared were insightful and will play a vital role in shaping current immigration policies, and reassessing program eligibility to attract & retain skilled workers in Ontario.  

I would like to request to those who were unable to attend, to share your thoughts on improving OINP with a short survey which can be excessed at:

International Mother Earth Day Volunteer Community Clean Up

Rain or snow, our commitment will always flow!

It was my pleasure to join students from Lambton College in Mississauga to celebrate this year’s International Mother Earth Day.

Despite the rain, our community clean-up drive was a huge success.  It is amazing what we can achieve when we come together to make a difference. Thank you to all the volunteers who braved the weather to help keep our neighbourhood clean and green.

Thank you to all the amazing student volunteers who came out in the rain to help us clean up our community.

Remarkable Citizen Awards Mississauga-Malton

“There are three types of people in this world. Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.”
Mississauga-Malton is privileged to have dedicated volunteers and local heroes that make our community a better place to live, work, and thrive. In recognition of these phenomenal contributors, we created the “Remarkable Citizen” Awards in 2019. 
If you know someone who is making a difference in the community or if your life has been touched by a volunteer, help us recognize them by nominating that selfless individual for the current year.”

Updates From Queen’s Park

Ontario Legislative Page Program is Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2023

Do you know someone in Grade 7 or 8 interested in politics?

Ontario’s Legislative Page Program is a great way for students get first-hand experience learning about government, develop life long skills and make lasting friendships.

The program is designed for outgoing, high-achieving, community-involved students who have demonstrated responsibility and leadership. Legislative Pages meet key parliamentary and political figures, and learn first-hand about Ontario’s Parliament and the legislative process. 

While at Queen’s Park, they are under the direction of the Page Program Coordinator who is a certified Ontario teacher. Pages also receive an honorarium during their term of duty.

Preparing Students for Jobs of the Future

Our government is committed to laying the groundwork for a truly world-class education system, unified with a singular focus: to improve student outcomes in important life-long skills like reading, writing and math. This will be supported with the hiring of 1,000 specialized math and literacy educators, as well as new curriculum options, standards and requirements.

Key changes include:

  • Early Readying – hiring over 700 teachers to support universal reading screenings for students in 2nd year kindergarten to grade
  • Math – hiring 381 math facilitators to work directly with students & teachers in priority schools, through a Math Action Team which will work directly with school boards to develop action plans.
  • Job-Readiness – strengthening co-operative education opportunities, expanding job skill programs, allowing full-time apprenticeships for grade 11 students, and requiring computer technologies classes in grade 9 or 10

Improving Safety In Schools

Our government is investing $24 Million to combat violence in schools, by working with school boards and non-profit organizations to address root-causes of youth violence, using a combination of in-school counselling, after-school programs and creating new career opportunities.  

This will require hiring staff such as psychologists, social workers and child/youth workers to enhance additional direct services for students, as well as educational assistants to work with students who may need additional educational support.  

We are committed to helping students overcome the personal and academic challenges hindering learning achievement, and help them create meaningful connections to, and a sense of belonging within their schools and communities.

Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act

Our government is committed to delivering a world-class education system that helps prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow.

To achieve this, we must focus developing consistent learning requirements which focus on the important life-long skills like math and literacy.

If passed, the Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act will bring us closer to that goal by targeting 5 key areas

  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Governance and Leadership
  • Maximizing Capital Assets
  • Teacher Training and Oversight
  • Consistent Information and Approaches to Student Learning

Training Ontario’s Doctors

Our government addressing our growing need for doctors by working with Queen’s University to expand the number of undergraduate and postgraduate medical school positions.

This collaboration between Queen’s University and Lakeridge Health is a first-in-Canada medical education model designed to focus on training family physicians, and get them working where they are needed.

Seat allocations will prioritize Ontarians, training the homegrown doctors of tomorrow.

The new positions are part of the government’s provincewide plan – announced in Budget 2023 – to create another 100 undergraduate medical school seats starting in 2023 and another 154 postgraduate medical training positions beginning in 2024 and will help more Ontario students become doctors in their home province.

Strengthening Safety & Modernizing Justice Act

The Strengthening Safety and Modernizing Justice Act, 2023 includes legislative amendments that if passed, would support bringing the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 (CSPA) into force. It proposes amendments that would clear the path for more people to consider a career in policing, strengthen protections for animals and increase access to the courts by reducing backlogs.

Helping Home Buyers, Protecting Tenants Act

These changes come as part of the governments plan to build 1.5 million new homes.

If passed, changes will include further strengthening homebuyer protections, supporting tenants, and streamlining the rules around land use planning by:

  • Increasing the number of adjudicators and staff at the Landlord and Tenant Board to speed up decision timeframes, as well as strengthening a broad range of tenant protections.
  • Investing $6.5 million to appoint an additional 40 adjudicators and hire five staff to improve service standards and continue to reduce active applications and decision timeframes at the Landlord and Tenant Board.
  • Enhancing tenants’ rights to install air conditioning in their units.
  • Strengthening protections against evictions due to renovations, demolitions and conversions, as well as those for landlord’s own use.
  • Reducing barriers for home builders to replace older rental apartments with larger, more modern rental buildings. 
  • Doubling the maximum fines for offences under the Residential Tenancies Act (such as bad faith reno-victions) to $100,000 for individuals and $500,000 for corporations.

In 2022, Ontario saw the second highest number of housing starts since 1988, with just over 96,000 new homes. This is 30 per cent higher than the annual average for the past 20 years. Ontario also broke ground on nearly 15,000 new purpose-built rentals, the highest number on record.

Optional Ultra Low Overnight Electricity Plan

The Ontario government will soon be offering residents an optional electricity price plan to save people money, while reducing stress on our electricity grid.

The new Ultra Low Overnight Electricity Price Plan, will incentivize “non-peak” electricity use, compensated for with slightly higher peak pricing hours. You can use Ontario’s Energy Board Bill Calculator to determine the electricity pricing plan that works best for your home or business.

Less Red Tape, Stronger Economy Act

The Less Red Tape, Stronger Economy Act, 2023 would, if passed, build on the Ontario government’s strong track record of reducing red tape. 

There are a total of 42 new measures proposed from 14 different Ministries:

Giving People Second Chances, Filling Ontario’s Labour Shortage

Human beings are not defined by one bad decision.

That’s why our government is investing $12 million in 9 projects throughout the province, giving people with criminal records a second chance, by helping them find meaningful jobs with local businesses and create a sense of belonging within their communities. 

Programs will provide a combination of apprenticeship and technical training, on-the-job learning, and improving job readiness and interview skills, as well as encompassing supports like mentorship, job placement, and mental health resources to ensure a smooth transition to the job market.

Learning opportunities will include

  • Construction’
  • Manufacturing
  • Hospitality
  • Food & Beverage

Investments In Ontario

$202 Million in additional funding will be invested annually to provide more supportive housing for vulnerable people. Funding for homelessness prevention programs will go to help those experiencing or at risk of homelessness and to support community organizations delivering supportive housing, bringing total yearly funding to $700 Million.
$30 Million is being invested in municipal bridge & road repairs. The funding is being delivered to 21 municipalities across Ontario, through the Connecting Links program and will help to connect people to jobs, support the movement of goods and spur economic growth.
$15 Million is being invested to improve access to veterinary services in remote and northern communities. This funding will go to training more veterinarians and providing incentive grants to new graduates to help address veterinary shortages in rural and northern communities, making it easier for farmers and large animal owners to access veterinary care when and where they need it.
$14 Million in new investments in Southwestern Ontario by EDGE Automation and Takumi Stamping Canada Inc. This investment is supported by more than $2.1 Million in provincial funding through the Regional Development Program (RDP), boosting Ontario’s manufacturing capabilities and creating 78 well-paying jobs.
$13.5 Million is being invested in a Poultry Research Centre The Government of Ontario, the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO) and the province’s four poultry industry boards signed a Memorandum of Understanding to invest in the new Ontario Poultry Research Centre to advance research and drive innovation for the poultry sector.
$7.5 Million is being invested in a new Life Sciences Research and Innovation Hub at the University of Waterloo The $35 Million Innovation Arena supports Ontario’s efforts to advance the commercialization of made-in-Ontario research and intellectual property through the Intellectual Property Action Plan.
$6 Million in additional funding is being invested in the Ontario Junior Exploration Program (OJEP) This new funding helps junior mining companies finance early exploration projects by covering eligible costs for critical and precious mineral exploration and development. These mines are vital in supplying the cobalt and nickel vital to developing Ontario’s EV Supply Chain.
$6 Million is being invested to help agri-food producers reach new markets. Through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) our government is helping Ontario agri-food producers and organizations expand into new domestic and foreign markets. Under the Grow Ontario Market Initiative, applicants can receive up to 50% of eligible costs with sector maximums between $60,000-$125,000.
$1 Million in Indigenous-Led Plan to Protect the Great Lakes Our government is funding a variety of projects protect, conserve and restore the health of our Great Lakes, which will be lead communities groups from Six Nations, Anishinabek Nation, and Métis Nation of Ontario.
$100,000 to is being invested in strengthening the agri-food value chain in northern Ontario This investment will help the Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance (NOFIA) to study, assess and grow the network of agri-food producers, processors, distributors, procurers, and consumers in Northern Ontario.

Out and About in the Community

Celebrating Ramadan
Tree Planting
Celebrating Eid
Canadian Pakistani Narrative Toy Drive
Safe Roads Conference
Nature Source 25th Anniversary
Visiting MTech Hub
Vrind Entertainment Inc.
Ontario Heroes Awards Gala
Speaking to Students at
St. Francis Xavier
Celebrating Orthodox Easter
Eid Bazaar
Human Concern International Iftar
5AAB TV Vaisakhi Paath
Groove N’ Dance
Level Up Showcase
Nepalese Canadian
Cricket Club
Students at St. Francis Xavier

Upcoming Events

MPP Deepak Anand | 7895 Tranmere Drive #11, Mississauga, L5S1V9 Canada

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