SEPTEMBER 2022 E-NEWSLETTER
Message from Your MPP
It is with deep sadness I share that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has left the world for
her heavenly journey at the age of 96. She will be dearly missed around the worlds as the
longest serving monarch. Canadians hold a special place for her in their hearts. Ontario
will mark September 19, 2022 as a provincial day of mourning. Ontarians can observe a
moment of silence at 1:00 PM on that day.
September marks the beginning of a new school year, bringing lots of mixed emotions of
excitement and anxiety for the school community. I am thankful to our government, school
boards, educators, students, and their families for being resilient, ensuring schools remain
healthy and a safe for students to learn and grow. I can’t wait to hear about our students
first week experience in school.
On account of Labour Day 2022, I would like to pay my tribute to all the hardworking people
of this province for keeping our province moving, you all are integral part of Team Ontario.
September is also known as Alzheimers Awareness month, perfect time to learn and raise
awareness about dementia.
I’m looking forward to see you all on Oct1st at Thanks Giving Lunch!
Wishing students, staff, and parents a safe, successful, and bright school year ahead! In
the immortal words of Nelson Mandela, “It is not beyond our power to create a world in
which all children have access to good education.”
Back to school
Preparing for the start of the upcoming school year, the Government of Ontario has a plan to keep schools safe and open.
The government plans to support students, teachers, and families by:
- Re-engaging learning outside of the classroom by supplying opportunities for extra-curricular activities, whether it is through sports or the arts, or by connecting with their communities
- Improving ventilation in school buildings while maintaining safe practices like frequent handwashing and proper screening measures.
- Updating curriculum to better prepare students for the world of tomorrow by focusing on STEM and modernizing other subjects so students enter the workforce confident in their skills.
- Expanding support for students by improving access to special education and tutoring through $175M of expanded funding for enhanced tutoring programs and through $3.25B in special education grants to make sure every student is given every opportunity to succeed.
- Reconsidering the way reading is taught and investing $25M in programs to increase student achievement in literacy.
- Hiring over 3000 new staff, including teachers and educational assistants while working towards providing a fairer deal to workers to improve the classroom experience and keep children learning.
- Investing $14B over 10 years to construct new schools and classrooms while renewing and repairing existing buildings.
- Spending $225M to provide direct payments to parents and guardians.
- Exploring and creating new mental health support systems for both students and educators.
Investing in Ontario
$42.5 M in over two years to support the expansion of medical education and training.
There is a $54.7 million financial support program for up to 4,000 new students at private career colleges in Ontario, which will help address the shortage of PSWs. The Ontario government is making it easier for people to become personal support workers (PSWs) to help build a more resilient health care system.
Invest $158.8 billion in infrastructure improvements and support in the next ten years.
The Ontario government is determined to strengthen our manufacturing sector by supporting a $21.4M investment by Cyclone Manufacturing, a leading supplier of aerospace components.
$1.6 million to bring fast, reliable high-speed internet to more than 380 families, farms, and businesses in Perth County.
Ontario, in partnership with Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Inc. has invested $429,000 in constructing reliable broadband infrastructure to provide reliable broadband infrastructure for the growth and prosperity of rural, remote, and Indigenous communities.
The Ontario government is investing more than $6 million over the next three years to help combat crime and build safer communities.
Over the next ten years, $61.6 billion will be allocated to public transit, including GO rail expansion to London and Bowmanville.
Investing in Mississauga-Malton
Big shout out to all community partners in Mississauga-Malton for continuously assisting vulnerable residents.
Thank you Ontario Trillium Foundation for Over $1 million in grant to community organizations Taste of Life Culture Group, PCHS, Sai Dham Canada – an institution of love, Sakeenah Homes, Vita Centre, Child Development Resource Connection Peel, Carassauga Festival Inc, SMILE Canada – Support Services and SAWITRI Theatre Group to continue their work This grant will help them to hire program support positions to adapt to a hybrid service delivery model and meet overgrowing need of community.
Queen’s Park Update
On August 09, 2022, the Honorable Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell delivered the Throne speech regarding expansion of growth of this great province.
- To support people with different ability, our government has increased the rates for income support by five per cent since the beginning of September 2022, for families and persons under the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).
- To fill the gap in learning for students after two years of pandemic disruptions, the government is investing $225 million for direct payments to parents in addition to the previously announced $175 million tutoring support program, the largest of its kind in Ontario’s history.
- $73.8 million over three years for in-class training for apprentices to accommodate an increase in enrolment, assist students with accessibility and accommodation needs and support additional in-demand classes.
- $ 9 million will be invested over the next three years to Indigenous governed and operated institutes.
- Low-income Individuals and Families Tax Credit will provide over $300 in additional tax relief for over 1.1 million workers.
- Investing additional $114.4 million over three years for the Skilled Trades Strategy.
- Investing $764 million over two years to support nurses with up to $5,000 retention bonus.
- On August 11, 2022; we extended supported further healthcare funding to meet the growing requirement of Ontario.
“Our government was elected with a plan to stay open by investing in hospitals, long-term-care homes and home care and Ontario’s health care workforce; and to accomplish this our government is investing $40 billion in capital over 10 years for hospitals and other health infrastructure to meet the challenges that may lie ahead.”
“A new refundable Ontario Seniors Care at Home Tax Credit to help seniors aged 70 and older with eligible home care medical expenses to help people stay in their homes; and a province-wide expansion to the community paramedicine program, enabling community paramedics to provide key non-emergent health care services within homes for eligible seniors.”
– MPP Deepak Anand, MPP
Keeping Your Community Safe
The Ontario government is hiring 123 new correctional officers as part of its plan to transform adult correctional services and improve public safety. The province is investing more than $500 million over five years to modernize correctional facilities and reduce the financial and geographic barrier for new recruits by covering the cost of training. Correctional officers contribute phenomenally to creating a safer community and a robust justice system.
Plan to Stay Open
In a five-point plan to keep the province and economy open, the Ontario government introduced Plan to Stay Open: Health System Stability and Recovery. Up to 6,000 more health care workers will be added to the Plan to Stay Open in the next phase.
Together with the initiatives included in the first phase of the plan that are adding 13,000 more employees, the two plans will add 19,000 more health care workers to Ontario’s health workforce.
As a result of the initiative, over 2,500 hospital beds and provide better, more appropriate care to avoid unnecessary emergency room visits.
Protecting Our Environment
Ontario government is safeguarding moose from illegal hunting activities. Conservation officers remind everyone that by respecting seasons, sanctuaries, bag, and possession limits, we all help ensure our natural resources stay healthy.
“Ontario’s forest sector and its workers are vital to the prosperity of this province. To deliver on our plan to build Ontario, our government is standing up for families, businesses, and communities by speaking out against unfair practices targeting our forest sector.”– Graydon Smith, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
Ontario’s forest sector generated $18 billion in revenue from the sale of manufactured goods and services in 2020 and supported more than 148,000 direct and indirect jobs in 2021.
Renewing your Ontario ID is Now Faster and Easier
To help keep Ontarians updated on the validity of their ID cards, our government has a new way to remind residents of the upcoming expiry date on their identification. Ontario Photo Card holders are now able to be reminded of their upcoming renewal through text, email, or phone call 60 and 30 days before their identification expires.
All Ontarians can sign up for these free digital renewal reminders for health cards, driver’s licenses and license plates in addition to Photo Cards. When it comes time to renew your Photo Card or other forms of identification, you can renew them easily online by visiting ontario.ca/renew, or if you require an in-person meeting, you can make an appointment at ontario.ca/appointment for a time to visit ServiceOntario.
To sign up for these free digital renewal reminders, you can visit the website or call ServiceOntario at 1-800-387-3445.
If you have concerns, questions or need assistance with signing up for digital renewal reminders, please reach out to our Community Office by calling 905-696-0367 or by emailing at email@example.com
General Minimum Wage Increase
- The Ontario government raised the general minimum wage to $15.50 per hour on October 1, 2022. This new, higher minimum wage includes bartenders, alcohol servers, and digital platform workers.
- Worker for Workers Act 2022, Ontario is the only province guaranteeing the general minimum wage to digital platform workers.
- A full-time worker making the general minimum wage will see their annual earnings increase by $1,350 in 2022.
National Convenience Store Week
National Convenience Week is an annual, end-of-summer event recognizing and celebrating the role convenience stores as well as essential convenience store workers played in meeting our daily needs throughout the pandemic.
Ontarians have supported the local convenience stores over the years that has enabled them to give back to the community. We are grateful to everyone who directly or indirectly contributed towards this noble cause. In 2021, National Convenience Week raised over $134,000 for Make-A-Wish Canada. Make a wish Canada is a non-profit organisation, founded in 1980, that aims to fulfill the wishes of children with critical illnesses.
Meanwhile this year they granted Connor’s wish to fly on a plane with his family. Connor suffers with juvenile Huntington disease the same disease was responsible for his father passing away. Connor’s wish was granted as he took a flight from Nova Scotia to Toronto, and he spent seven days of vacation with his family.
“We are over the moon that Connor’s wish was able to be granted! Spending seven (7) days together as a family is already a wish come true, so everything that comes along with it is a massive bonus! To be able to see Connor do the things he’s always wanted to do means the whole world to us. This trip would have never been possible without you guys!”– Tanya, Connor’s mom.
Promoting Skilled Trades
Our government is committed to helping job seekers retrain and upgrade their skills so they can begin rewarding careers in the skilled trades. Skills Ontario was established in the year 1989 as a not-for-profit organization that promotes skilled trade and technology careers. The mission statement of this organization “to champion and stimulate the development of world class technological and employability in Ontario youth.”
Skills Ontario is a province wide organization that empowers all the youth to consider a career in skilled trade and technologies by engaging with students, teachers, parents, guardians, volunteers, and guest speakers ensure our programs connect education, experience, and employment.
Together with skills Ontario’s new mobile unit, we are promoting the skilled trades in communities across Ontario, helping more people to start life-changing careers which they will never trade.
Moving Mississauga-Malton Forward
In April, the tunneling for the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension will began. Over 30 stations and stops will be served by the newly constructed LRT and riders will be able to access buses, GO trains, and TTC stations throughout Mississauga and Toronto. As part of Ontario’s $10 billion transit plan, this LRT is one of several new transportation initiatives to connect the GTA further. Currently, the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown West extension supports up to 4,600 jobs in Mississauga and Etobicoke per year. Once completed, it will attract 37,000 daily boardings in the Eglinton area alone.
Out and About in the Community
Congratulations! COBS bread for completing 10 years of service.
Thank you Bollywood Mash up for bringing the community together.
At the 11Th BMO IFSA
Celebrated International Day of Indigenous people.
Meeting members of Mississauga city council at AMO.
Met youth from AMYA youth council.
Visited Tawheed community centre.
Visited local food bank Sai Dham in Malton.
Great to meet the team of Freedom 2022.
Thank you Mark Rutta for your continuous leadership to Carassauga.
Celebrated Egyptian Heritage Month.
At the Refiners Hub.
At Malton Black Development Association multi-media youth gallery.
● September 27th – Townhall for Residents.
● Oct 1st – Thanksgiving Luncheon.