Markham-Stouffville Community Update for March 11, 2022

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Welcome to the Markham-Stouffville
Community Update for March 11, 2022

Ontario Increasing Seniors Community Grant Funding
The Ontario government is enhancing its commitment to keeping seniors safe, healthy and active through a $6 million investment in the Seniors Community Grant Program for this upcoming year. 

This program enables municipalities, community organizations, and Indigenous groups to deliver programs that enrich the lives of our seniors and improve social connections in our communities. 

Three incredible organizations in the riding of Markham-Stouffville have received senior’s community grants including:
  • The Canadian Chinese Orchestra in Markham received $24,860 in funding
  • The Tamil Senior Wellness Club in Markham received $25,000 in funding and;
  • GTA Seniors Mutual Support Association in Stouffville received $25,00 in funding
Seniors Community Grants help our seniors stay fit, active, healthy, and connected in our communities. Our government is committed to the safety and well-being of Ontario’s seniors and is proud to invest in projects that are helping to meet the needs of seniors in their community.

Learn more: Ontario Increasing Seniors Community Grant Funding | Ontario Newsroom

Ontario Building New Not-For-Profit Long-Term Care Beds in Toronto
The Ontario government has a plan to fix long-term care and to ensure Ontario’s seniors get the quality of care and quality of life they need and deserve both now and in the future. This plan is built on three pillars: staffing and care; accountability, enforcement, and transparency; and building modern, safe, comfortable homes for seniors.  

Ontario has invested $6.4 billion to build and upgrade long-term care beds. This unprecedented investment will lead to more than 30,000 net new beds and about 28,000 upgraded long-term care beds across the province.

Building new long-term care beds will protect our progress by increasing access to long-term care, reducing waitlists, and easing hospital capacity pressures. It will also improve working conditions for staff in long-term care homes and provide safer, more comfortable homes for residents.

Learn more: Ontario Building New Not-For-Profit Long-Term Care Beds in Toronto | Ontario Newsroom

Ontario Increasing Investments in Supportive Housing and Homelessness Supports

The Ontario government is introducing a new, streamlined Homelessness Prevention Program that will help more people experiencing or at risk of homelessness find housing, services and supports, and is investing nearly $25 million in new annual funding to the program.

The Homelessness Prevention Program is the government’s coordinated, overarching approach to reduce and prevent homelessness. The new program will streamline operations, and ensure local service managers have the necessary information to connect people experiencing or at risk of homelessness with the services they need to break the cycle of home insecurity. The additional funding brings Ontario’s total yearly investment in the program to close to $464 million.

Launching on April 1, 2022, the new Homelessness Prevention Program combines three programs into one consolidated, streamlined program to make it easier to deliver and access supports: Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative, Home For Good and the Strong Communities Rent Supplement Program.

Learn more: Ontario Investing in Additional Supports for People Experiencing Homelessness | Ontario Newsroom

Ontario Making Historic Investment in Provincial Nursing Workforce
The Ontario government is investing $763 million to provide Ontario’s nurses with a lump sum retention incentive of up to $5,000 per person. This payment will help to retain nurses across the health sector and stabilize the current nursing workforce during this critical time to ensure patients continue to access the health care they need and deserve.

Through the temporary retention payment for nurses, the government will provide a lump sum payment of up to $5,000 for eligible full-time nurses and a prorated payment of up to $5,000 for eligible part-time and casual nursing staff across the province. The payment will be paid by employers in two installments.

Nurses eligible to receive the payment include nurses in hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, home and community care, primary care, mental health and addictions, emergency services, and corrections, as well as a range of other community-based and developmental services including youth justice.

Learn more: Ontario Making Historic Investment in Provincial Nursing Workforce | Ontario Newsroom
Ontario Releases Plan to Build Transportation and Transit Infrastructure in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
With the population of the Greater Golden Horseshoe expected to reach almost 15 million people over the next 30 years, the Ontario government is saying ‘yes’ to building roads, highways and public transit needed to unlock our full economic potential and keep our province moving forward.

This week, the Ontario government released Connecting the GGH: A Transportation Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, which outlines more than 100 actions that will support population and employment growth, reduce gridlock, connect communities and improve people’s access to jobs, housing, health care and education. 

In addition to building new highways to address gridlock, the Ontario government is also moving ahead with the largest subway build in Canadian history alongside the expansion of regional passenger rail services. Doing so will ensure Ontario delivers on the mandate of two-way, all-day, 15-minute service.

Learn more: Ontario Releases Plan to Build Transportation and Transit Infrastructure in the Greater Golden Horseshoe | Ontario Newsroom

Ontario Modernizing School Science Curriculum
The Ontario government is committed to removing barriers for all students- while equipping them with the skills and tools they need to excel in the job market of today and the future. 

The Ontario government is ensuring that students will now explore how science relates to careers in the skilled trades and how emerging new technologies impact these careers. These new learning expectations within the curriculum will ensure Ontario’s students are at the forefront of emerging innovation, thought, and able to compete in the global economy.

Ontario will continue to invest in students as we build state-of-the-art schools across the province, supported by record investments in student mental health, learning recovery, and STEM learning.

Learn more: Ontario Modernizing School Science Curriculum | Ontario Newsroom
Constituency Office Services
My constituency office is here to serve you. We offer assistance for various provincial government services such as the renewal of Driver’s Licences, Health Cards, WSIB claims, ODSP/FRO cases, and any other service under provincial jurisdiction.

Due to the risk of COVID-19, our office is currently working remotely. Our staff remains avaliable to respond to your inquiries via phone or email. Should you require any assistance, please email or call 905-642-2588. We will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

To reduce in-person visits to ServiceOntario, a number of provincially-issued documents have extended expiry dates. Please click here for further information and to confirm the revised expiry date for your product or identity document.