June E-News Letter
Message From Your MPP
The month of June is known as the month of Graduation. All over Ontario, students are busy finishing this important milestone of their student lives and moving on to another exciting chapter.
I want to congratulate the Class of 2023 with unbridled elation. As you graduate from school and complete another academic accomplishment, each one of you has my heartfelt admiration. The world awaits your talent, passion, and potential. Work hard and remember, as Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
This month, we observe National Indigenous History Month. As a first-generation Canadian, I would like to take the opportunity to recognize the province’s many First Nations. We value your contributions to Ontario’s collective history.
June also marks the observance of Seniors Month and National Men’s Health Month. Now is a perfect time to have conversations and take action supporting some important matters of our community.
As we bask in community spirit this summer, rest assured the Ontario government is working to keep our shared spaces safe. To address the rise of hate incidents, the government has allocated $25.5 Million over two years, to the new Anti-Hate Security and Prevention Grant for faith-based and cultural organizations. Click here to learn more about the resources available to help support the building of an inclusive society for everyone.
I am looking forward to seeing you all at Malton Community Center on June 11 to celebrate Father’s Day. Let us come together to express our gratitude for the remarkable fathers and father figures in our lives.
Investments In Ontario
Mother’s Day Celebration
Last month, I hosted residents of Mississauga-Malton to celebrate mothers and their incredible contributions to their kids’ lives and our community.
The gathering took place at Iceland Arena and attracted a significant crowd of mothers, families, and community members from diverse backgrounds. The event featured a range of exciting activities and heartwarming moments.
Mothers give us the greatest gift — the gift of life. They protect us, nurture us, and help us achieve our full potential. I am indebted to my mother for whatever I have achieved and contributed to the community. I cannot thank my mother and my wife, the mother of my lovely two children, for their unwavering support in helping me reach where I am today. Mother’s Day is all about saying thank you to the women who have always lended us their shoulders.
It was so much fun engaging with mothers and their children in a game that put the kids on the spot, testing their knowledge about their mothers.
One resident stated, “The memories created today will stay with us. They will resonate and remind us of all the love and dedication that mothers selflessly provide.”
Another resident shared, “The greatest skill that motherhood teaches you is patience. I miss and appreciate my mother much more now after becoming a parent myself. I am here to say thank you, Mom!”
After a group picture to capture the memorable occasion for eternity, we enjoyed a variety of delectable treats from local restaurants.
Mothers are dedicated to bringing positive change to our society, and our office is continuously striving to create and support inclusive initiatives that uplift and empower mothers.
Annual Day of Action on Litter
In May 2020, the Day of Action on Litter was designed to educate and build awareness of the impacts of litter on the environment, and to encourage all Ontarians to pick up any litter they encounter in public places, parks, and shorelines.
Actions you can take to help keep our land and water clean:
- Use bins to properly dispose of waste
- Stop waste before it’s created & before it has the chance to become litter
- Swap your plastic water bottle for a reusable one when you’re on the go
- Organize a community cleanup
- Take a moment to pick up litter when you see it
- Adopt a local green space, road, sidewalk, or shoreline
You are making an active difference when you take action to keep Ontario clean! As a government, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you in our efforts to keep our province clean and healthy today and for future generations.
Father’s Day Celebration
Sunday, June 11 from 12:30-2:30 pm
Malton Community Centre
Father’s Day is an occasion to recognize the bonds fathers have with their children and the roles they play in their families and communities.
Join me for an afternoon of fun, hearing from special guests, sharing your stories, and celebrating the bond between father and child with family activities.
Refreshments will be served.
Free and Open to All!
Remarkable Citizen Awards
Mississauga-Malton is privileged to have dedicated volunteers and local heroes who make our community a better place to live, work, and thrive.
The Remarkable Citizen Awards honour the hard work of these phenomenal contributors.
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 this year’s awards!
Updates from Queen’s Park
Removing Unfair Work Barriers for Skilled Newcomers
Our government is helping internationally-trained immigrants work in the fields they’ve studied in abroad.
Ontario is the first province in Canada to ban unfair or discriminatory Canadian work experience requirements to help newcomers work in the professions they were trained for.
Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) is now the first association to remove it from their application criteria, and in December 2023, all unfair requirements for Canadian experience will be automatically voided unless an exemption is granted by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development for public health and safety.
This has the potential to help thousands of otherwise qualified professionals pursue their dreams over the coming years, all while maintaining Ontario’s world-class licensing and exam requirements.
Expanding Safety Training & Resources to Keep Workers Safe
$12.5 Million is being invested in Ontario’s six health and safety associations, which are independent, not-for-profit corporations that deliver workplace health and safety programs on behalf of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. They include:
Additionally, our government is also updating standards for mandatory Working at Heights training to address one of the leading causes of workplace deaths in industries like construction.
Working at Heights training providers have until April 1, 2024, to update their programs and ensure they fulfill the requirements of the revised Working at Heights training program and training provider standards.
Free Job Training for People with Disabilities
Our government is investing $6.5 Million through. the Skills Development Fund in five innovative projects across the province that will help more than 3,770 people with disabilities find meaningful jobs in their communities, in a variety demand of sectors such as healthcare, information technology, retail, and hospitality.
Through accessibility technology training, skills building, and one-on-one support, these programs will help remove the barriers that prevent job seekers with disabilities from joining the workforce.
Cracking Down on Auto-Theft
Our government is taking action to put an end to the rise in auto thefts by dismantling criminal networks and putting thieves behind bars.
The $51 Million investment will help our communities fight back against organized crime through:
- Creating an Organized Crime Towing and Auto Theft Team to quickly identify and address organized theft networks.
- Offering a new Community Safety Grant to give OPP, municipal, and First Nations police forces funding for the extra tools, technology, and community outreach needed to catch criminals.
- Creating a new Major Auto Theft Prosecution Response Team to provide the dedicated legal and prosecutorial support required to hold criminals accountable in complex, large-scale cases.
Additionally, as part of the Guns and Gangs Violence Reduction Strategy, Ontario will continue to target organized crime that fuels gang operations, such as vehicle theft rings, through a further $13.4 million investment this year.
Building More Affordable Housing in Mississauga
The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing has issued two Minister’s Zoning Orders for multiple locations in Mississauga.
The new zoning will affect 1082 Lakeshore Road East in South Mississauga, as well as 3355 & 5645 Hurontario Street right here in Mississauga-Malton!
These initiatives will support the construction of more than 18,000 homes near transit lines, 10% of which will be offered as affordable housing. Projects will be accompanied by public benefit projects paid for by the builders including:
- New, improved, and expanded roadway/mobility infrastructure
- A new waste-water treatment plant
- New transit services and infrastructure
- New schools and childcare space
- New and improved community spaces, trails, and parks
Anti-Hate Security and Prevention Grant Applications Opening Soon
The new Anti-Hate Security and Prevention Grant will help build stronger, safer, and more inclusive communities to ensure everyone has a safe environment to practice their faith or express their culture and beliefs.
The grant will provide up to $10,000 to help religious groups, Indigenous communities, and cultural communities better protect and secure their facilities from hate-motivated incidents, graffiti, vandalism, or other damage.
Grant funding can be used for things such as building upgrades, enhancing locks, installing cameras, training staff, completing security assessments, introducing safer cybersecurity measures, hiring short-term professional security personnel, and making repairs.
Eligible organizations include:
- Religious and spiritual communities such as mosques, synagogues, temples, churches, etc.
- First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and urban Indigenous organizations.
- Cultural groups such as 2SLGBTQIA+ groups, Black, Asian, and other diverse organizations offer programs, workshops, and ceremonies that promote their communities’ cultures.
Ontario Learn and Stay Grant Applications Now Open
Students can apply for the newly expanded Learn and Stay Grant.
The program is designed to encourage students to learn and stay locally, helping to bring in-demand healthcare workers to communities that need them most across the province.
Opening applications for the expanded program ensures that Ontarians, no matter the size of their community, will receive the care they need closer to home.
This grant provides full, upfront funding for tuition, books, and other costs for students who enroll in an eligible nursing, paramedic, or medical laboratory technologist program and agree to stay in underserviced communities to work after graduation for a period of six months for every full year of study.
Grant applications for the 2023-24 academic year are now open for postsecondary students who enroll in their first year in the following programs and regions:
- Nursing programs in northern, eastern and southwestern Ontario
- Medical laboratory technologist/medical laboratory sciences programs in northern and southwestern Ontario
- Paramedic programs in northern Ontario.
Students can find the application, as well as information about eligible programs and regions, online by clicking the link below.
Applications Now Open for 2023-24
Ontario Legislative Page Program Only 15 Days Left to Apply
Do you know someone in Grade 7 or 8 interested in politics?
Ontario’s Legislative Page Program is a great way for students to get first-hand experience learning about government, developing lifelong skills, and making lasting friendships with similarly-minded individuals.
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.
Deadline June 15th, 2023
Out and About in the Community