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Ontario Investing in Public Transit Improvements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MARCH 27TH, 2019

SIMCOE NORTH — Ontario’s Government is working for the people to improve transit. Yesterday, Minister of Infrastructure Monte McNaughton and Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek announced the opening of $1.62 billion in shared funding for commuter-friendly projects. A total of $17,156,622 has been allocated to the City of Orillia and $1,229,120 to the Town of Midland.

“Our communities count on commuter infrastructure to get people to work and home again to their families,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure. ”Our government’s investment will make public transit infrastructure better, safer, and more accessible.”

On April 2, Orillia, Midland, and 84 other eligible municipalities located outside of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) will be able to nominate their most critical public transit projects for consideration under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). This stream will fund construction, expansion and improvement of public transit networks.   

The first intake of the Public Transit stream of the 10-year infrastructure program will unlock up to $1.62 billion in joint provincial and federal funding for critical public transit outside the GTHA. In total, ICIP will unlock up to $30 billion in combined federal, provincial, and local investments in Ontario communities as part of a 10-year bilateral agreement.

“Our economy, our communities, and our families all rely on infrastructure,” said MPP Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North. “The Public Transit stream will build and improve urban transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way that the people of Simcoe North live, move and work.”

Municipalities can easily apply for all ICIP funding streams using the Grants Ontario website, a ‘one-window’ source that handles application intake, review, nomination, reporting and transfer payment management processes.

“Our government is listening and has heard the infrastructure needs of our municipalities,” said Minister McNaughton. “We are committed to cutting red tape for local governments, while funding local infrastructure priorities in the province.”

QUICK FACTS

  • The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is a $30 billion, 10-year infrastructure program cost-shared between federal, provincial and municipal governments. Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent, or $10.2 billion spread across four streams:
  1. Rural and Northern
  2. Public Transit
  3. Green
  4. Community, Culture and Recreation.
  • Funding is allocated to transit systems based on their share of total transit ridership in Ontario as per the 2015 Canadian Urban Transit Association Fact Book. This allocations-based funding model was set by the federal government.
  • The application intake for the first ICIP stream, the Rural and Northern stream, was opened for an eight-week period on March 18. It is open to approximately 500 municipalities and Indigenous communities with populations under 100,000.
  • More information on future intakes, including for those municipalities inside the GTHA, will be available soon. Intakes for other streams will launch later this year.

March 27, 2019

Ontario Continuing to Strengthen the Public Health Care System with More Support for Ontario Seniors in Simcoe North

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MARCH 22ND, 2019

SIMCOE NORTH

 

Ontario Continuing to Strengthen the Public Health Care System with

More Support for Ontario Seniors in Simcoe North

Simcoe North  — Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced 16 additional long-term care projects that will add 1,157 new beds in facilities across Ontario.

Villa Care Centre, located in Midland, will receive 32 new long-term care beds as part of this announcement and 109 existing long-term care beds will be redeveloped.  Westmount Lodge, which will be located in Orillia, will also receive 160 new long-term care beds. 

“Our government is building a sustainable, connected and modern health care system, which is putting patients at the centre of care and ensuring that the needs of patients, families and caregivers are driving all our decisions,” said Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North. “These new projects are part of our plan to protect and strengthen our health care system. Ontario’s seniors need to be able to have access to a bed when and where they need it, and their families need to be kept informed every step of the way. With these additional beds and spaces, our government is working to ease pressure on hospitals, and enable nurses, doctors and other care providers to provide better, faster health care for Ontario families and patients.”

The Government of Ontario is delivering on its commitment to strengthen the province’s public health care system by centreing it on the needs of patients, including Ontario’s seniors.  The government is committed to building a 21st century health care system that allows seniors to remain at home as long as they can, while ensuring that there is space available for Ontario’s seniors who do need long-term care, when and where they need it.

This is part of the government’s commitment to adding 15,000 long-term care beds in five years, bringing the total number of allocated beds to 7,232. 

 “We are proud that in just nine months, our government has fulfilled almost half of our commitment toward new long-term care spaces in Ontario over five years,” said Elliott. “As we move forward to modernize our public health care system, the people of Ontario, including seniors, have and always will be our government’s priority. We will create a health care system that works for them and is finally centred on the needs of patients, families and caregivers.”


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March 22, 2019

Ontario Invests in Small and Rural Municipalities to Improve Service Delivery and Efficiency

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SIMCOE NORTH

MARCH 20TH, 2019

 

 

Ontario Invests in Small and Rural Municipalities to Improve Service Delivery and Efficiency

Investments Will Support Communities, Respect Taxpayer Dollars

Simcoe North - Ontario’s government is working for the people to improve local service delivery and efficiency in the province’s municipalities. On March 20, 2019, Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced a one-time investment for many of Ontario’s small and rural municipalities.

“I am thrilled to announce that Simcoe North will receive a total of $5,231,066.00 and Simcoe County will receive a total of $725,000,00 to improve service delivery by finding smarter, more efficient ways to spend money that help those who need it most while respecting taxpayer dollars,” said Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North.  “This funding puts Ontarians at the heart of municipal decision making and will help to support our rural municipalities in their efforts to modernize and improve the way they provide services to our communities.”  Dunlop stated that with this announcement, the government was illustrating, once again, their belief that municipalities are best positioned to understand the unique local circumstances and determine where and how this money is best spent to respect taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars.

Ontario’s government was elected to restore transparency and accountability in Ontario’s finances. The province undertook a line-by-line review of its own expenditures, and expects their partners, including municipalities, to be taking steps to become more efficient. Examples could include service delivery reviews, development of shared services agreements, IT solutions, capital investments or other projects. Municipalities will decide how to best target funding to benefit their local communities.

“Taxpayers need their local government to deliver modern, efficient services that show respect for their hard-earned dollars. This funding will help small and rural municipalities improve how they deliver services and reduce the ongoing costs of providing those services,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “I look forward to continuing to work together with our municipal partners to help people and businesses in communities across our province thrive.”

The funding supports Ontario’s commitment to reduce the cost of government.

FUNDING BREAKDOWN FOR SIMCOE NORTH:

MUNICIPALITY

$ AMOUNT

Simcoe County

725,000

City of Orillia

520,308

Town of Midland

676,935

Town Penetanguishene

649,148

Township of Tiny

676,935

Ramara Township

676,935

Township of Severn

676,935

Tay Township

676,935

Township of Oro-Medonte

676,935

 

QUICK FACTS:

  • 405 small and rural municipalities will receive funding.
  • To ensure investments are targeted to where they are needed most, funding will be allocated based on the number of households in a municipality and whether the municipality is urban or rural.

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March 20, 2019

The Making Ontario Open for Business Act Aims to Transform Ontario’s Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Program

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OCTOBER 23RD, 2018

QUEEN’S PARK

 

The Making Ontario Open for Business Act Aims to Transform Ontario’s Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Program

Ontario government announces legislative that if passed, would remove-job killing burdens

 

Queen’s Park – Ontario’s Government for the People announced a series of regulatory and legislative changes that, if passed by Ontario’s Legislature, will make it easier for Ontario employers to hire and workers to find jobs and grow their careers in Ontario.

As part of the reform, Laurie Scott, Minister of Labour, Jim Wilson, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities announced that the Making Ontario Open for Business Act would address the skilled trades backlog and the outdated apprenticeship system.  The legislation, if passed, would set all journeyperson to apprentice ratios at one-to-one, implement a moratorium on trade classifications and reclassifications, and wind down the Ontario College of Trades. 

“I have been hearing from constituents across my riding of Simcoe North as well as from stakeholders from across Ontario that the apprenticeship system has been creating barriers and making it very challenging for Ontario to keep up in training skilled tradespeople.  We need to meet our economy’s skilled trades demand and presently, we are not,” said MPP Jill Dunlop.  Ontario’s ratios are among the highest in Canada and are limiting the number of apprentices an employer can train.  The new legislation, if passed, would simplify the process for employers and skilled trades professionals.  Dunlop also stated that the one-to-one ratio component of this legislation would allow small businesses in Simcoe North, as well as across Ontario, to accept more apprentices which would address the skilled trades gap and help build a thriving economy.    

The government also addressed persistent challenges in how the skilled trades in Ontario are regulated, the amount of College membership fees that apprentices and journeypersons are subject to, and the complexity of the rules apprentices, journeypersons, and employers are bound by.  As part of the government’s commitment to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens, the government is proposing to wind down the Ontario College of Trades.

Dunlop stated that the Ontario College of Trades has been a continous topic of discussion with both her constituents and businesses in her riding.  “Whenever I would talk about skilled trades and the importance of supporting and promoting the skilled trades sector, I would always get feedback and responses about how the Ontario College of Trades ‘had to go.’  People would write to me about heavy-handed enforcement decisions, high membership fees, and complex rules that were hindering them either as skilled trades professionals or as a business as a whole.” 

Discussions on the skilled trades industry and how to champion the sector has been of particular importance to Dunlop.  “I have seen firsthand the important work our skilled trades professionals do.  Growing up in a family of skilled trades labourers, I was always taught the value and significance of their work.  Simcoe North is made up of hardworking skilled trades professionals, entrepreneurs, and small businesses and I know how vital they are to our local economy.”  Ms. Dunlop said she will always support investing in Ontario’s economy, creating good jobs, and reducing the stigma and barriers that skilled trades workers face.

In their announcement, the government maintained that they will continue to systematically review Ontario’s stock of regulations, then streamline, modernize, and in some cases, eliminate unnecessarily complicated, outdated or duplicative regulations. 

 

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March 14, 2019

Government Invites Feedback on Regional Government Review in Simcoe North

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MARCH 14TH, 2019

SIMCOE NORTH

 

Government Invites Feedback on Regional Government Review in Simcoe North

Ontario Launches Online Consultation for Residents, Businesses and Stakeholders

Simcoe North — The Ontario government is putting people first by seeking local input on how to improve governance, decision-making and service delivery for regional governments and member municipalities.

“After almost 50 years, it’s time to consider whether changes are needed in communities where populations have grown, and hard-earned taxpayers’ dollars are being stretched,” said MPP Jill Dunlop.  “I would encourage all municipalities, stakeholders, and residents of Simcoe County to share their feedback on how we can identify ways to address significant growth issues in the area.”

All people who live or work in Simcoe North invited to share their thoughts through the online consultation. The deadline to submit comments is April 23, 2019.

 “We promised the people of Ontario that all levels of government would work harder, smarter and more efficiently,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Our government is putting people first by seeking local input on how to improve governance, decision-making and service delivery for regional governments and their member municipalities.”

In addition to meeting with municipalities and stakeholder groups, Special Advisors Michael Fenn and Ken Seiling will assess the feedback received through the online consultation. They will provide their advice and recommendations to Minister Clark this summer.

“I look forward to receiving the recommendations and hearing what is working in the regions and Simcoe County, and what can be improved,” said Minister Clark.

The government is committed to working with municipalities to help ensure that they have effective local governance and decision-making, and are providing services quickly and efficiently.

Quick facts:

  • Ontario’s system of regional government has been in place for almost 50 years.
  • Ontario’s regional municipalities and Simcoe County’s combined populations have grown by more than 3 million people since the 1970s.

 

March 14, 2019

Ontario Launches $30 Billion Infrastructure Funding Program

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MARCH 13TH, 2019

SIMCOE NORTH

Ontario Launches $30 Billion Infrastructure Funding Program
Investments in critical projects will create jobs, help families and businesses, says MPP Dunlop                                                                                         

Simcoe North — The Ontario government is working to make the province’s roads safer, commutes easier and communities healthier. MPP Jill Dunlop announced new infrastructure funding that will help create and protect good jobs across the province, including in the community of Simcoe North.

“This is great news for communities in our riding,” said Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North.  “The launch of today’s programs marks an important milestone for investing in the critical projects that will create jobs for our riding.  This will help families and businesses in rural Ontario by making our roads safer, commutes easier and communities healthier.”  Dunlop stated that the government was listening to the people of Ontario when it comes to the infrastructure needs of municipalities. “With this announcement, we’re telling communities to get started on the crucial process of project nomination.”

The first stream of the funding, the Rural and Northern stream, is open to cities and Indigenous communities with populations under 100,000. Those communities, about 500 of them, will have eight weeks beginning March 18 to nominate road and bridge projects.

“When it comes to delivering core services that matter to people, our government is putting people first,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure. “Today’s historic infrastructure investment marks the start of billions of dollars in funding that will improve the wellbeing of the people of Ontario. And it is part of our plan to balance the budget in a responsible, sustainable way while creating and protecting good jobs.”

The funding falls under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, which will unlock up to $30 billion in combined federal, provincial, and local investments in communities across the province over the next 10 years.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is a $30 billion, 10-year infrastructure program cost-shared between federal, provincial and municipal governments. Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33 per cent, or $10.2 billion spread across four streams:
  1. Rural and Northern
  2. Public Transit
  3. Green
  4. Community, Culture and Recreation
  • The first intake for the Rural and Northern stream will be open for eight weeks, and will focus on road, bridge, air or marine infrastructure in rural and northern communities with populations under 100,000 people.
  • The Grants Ontario website (click on Grant Opportunities) will be a “one-window” source for applicants, handling application intake, review, nomination, reporting and transfer payment management processes – all in one place.

 

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March 13, 2019

ONTARIO SUPPORTING ARTS AND CULTURE IN SIMCOE NORTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SIMCOE NORTH

MARCH 6TH, 2019

 

ONTARIO SUPPORTING ARTS AND CULTURE IN SIMCOE NORTH

Province investing in local theatre and music organizations

Simcoe North – Ontario’s government is working for the people by making key investments in local theatre and music organizations in Simcoe North.

Today, the Ontario government announced that Mariposa Folk Festival (Orillia) and Brookside Music Association (Midland) would be receiving total funding of over $57,000.  The funding is part of the Ontario Arts Council and will help both organizations pay for artistic and operational expenses. 

“The people in our riding have great talent and I have seen firsthand the enriching effect that the arts and culture have in our communities.  The arts bring people together in a very special way,” said Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North.  “Our government understands how valuable culture is to the lives and communities of Ontarians.  This support from the Ontario Arts Council will help Mariposa Folk Festival and Brookside Music Association continue to have a positive impact on our local economy, create good jobs and draw visitors to our great community.

Ontario is supporting 50 theatre and music organizations in the latest round of operating grants to maximize the positive impacts of our cultural sector in communities across the province. This funding will contribute to paying important expenses such as programming costs and employee wages.

“Ontario’s government working for the people understands how valuable culture is to the lives and communities of people across the province,” said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Our local theatre and music organizations boost prosperity and encourage cultural tourism, and I’m pleased that through these grants they’ll have the resources they need to continue this great work.”

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $2.2 million in the latest round of operating grants to theatre and music organizations.
  • Culture is one of Ontario’s fastest growing sectors, employing over 270,000 people and contributing over $25 billion annually to Ontario’s economy.
  • The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario and is the primary funder of the professional non-profit arts sector in the province.

 

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March 06, 2019

Ontario to Restore Respect for Police Officers in Simcoe County and Across the Province

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FEBRUARY 19TH, 2019

SIMCOE COUNTY

 

Ontario to Restore Respect for Police Officers in Simcoe County and Across the Province

Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act would fix broken Bill 175, restore fairness and accountability to police oversight

SIMCOE COUNTY – Ontario police officers and the families in Simcoe County who depend on them will finally be able to count on a fair and transparent police oversight process that will always put public safety first.  Today, Ontario’s Government for the People will introduce new legislation, the Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act, 2019. If passed, this legislation will finally fix the previous government’s Bill 175, which treated police with suspicion while making it increasingly difficult for them to do their jobs. 

“I am grateful for our law officers and the selfless work they do across the nation,

particularly our officers in Ontario - a province where I was born and raised,” said Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North.  “Being a resident of Simcoe County for my entire life and having the OPP headquarters based in Orillia, I have seen firsthand the critical situations that our police officers bravely face every day. While we don’t always hear their success celebrated on the news, we take great comfort in knowing our police officers are responding to emergencies and preventing crime. We rely on the police to keep us safe.  Now they can rely on their government to have their back.”

The Act would streamline the SIU investigation process, which would have persisted under the previous Bill 175 and forced many police officers to labour under months- or years-long investigations even in cases where they had no contact with an individual.

“Bill 175 was the most anti-police piece of legislation in Canadian history,” said Sylvia Jones, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. “It was a disaster. It actively undermined policing efforts. And it undermined public confidence and trust in the work police do.”

If passed, the Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act will enhance police oversight in Ontario by creating one window for public complaints, reducing delays in the investigation process, and ensuring more accountability. 

“When we were elected one of our first orders of business was to pause implementation of Bill 175, so that we could fix it in a way that continues to ensure oversight – but does so in a way that is balanced, respectful and fair,” said Attorney General Caroline Mulroney.  “Our legislation, if passed, will focus investigative resources where they are needed, on criminal activity, within a police oversight system that will ultimately help build safer communities on a shared foundation of restored trust and accountability.”

By treating police fairly, the Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act will ensure the police, the government, and the people of Ontario remain partners in creating a more secure province.

“Not every example of police courage and service is as high profile as the response to the North York van attack or the Danforth shooting. What those officers have in common with the everyday heroes who serve and protect us is that they deserve our gratitude and respect - not our suspicion and scorn,” said Jones. “That’s why our government for the people is providing police with the tools, resources and support they need to keep our communities safe, stand up for victims and hold offenders accountable for their crimes.”

WHAT THE POLICING COMMUNITY IS SAYING

“The work OPPA members do every day keeps the people of our province safe. Unfortunately, challenges in the current legislation make it more difficult for the police to do their jobs. The changes proposed by the government today intend to empower police across Ontario to ensure community safety. We look forward to reviewing details of the Bill and participating in the legislative process.”

  • Rob Jamieson, President and CEO, Ontario Provincial Police Association

“Over the past three years, the Police Association of Ontario (PAO) has been focused on advocating for the thoughtful modernization of the Police Services Act with both the former and current provincial governments. The PAO has maintained that Ontario’s front-line sworn and civilian police personnel require the appropriate tools and adequate funding to keep our communities safe, and we have remained clear that we support effective oversight, accountability, and transparency to build the public’s trust in our profession. Ontario’s front-line police personnel welcome today’s announcement by the Ontario Government and are hopeful that this new Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act will serve to restore fairness and respect for professional policing, make oversight more effective, and improve governance, training, and transparency. The PAO is committed to working with the provincial government to ensure Ontario continues to be a safe place to live, work, and visit.”

  • Bruce Chapman, President, Police Association of Ontario

 

“The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police has long advocated for significant changes to the Police Services Act in order to assist us in the efficient and effective management of police services that enhance public and officer safety.  We believe there are items in this new legislation that are welcome and look forward to continuing to work with the government and stakeholders, knowing that community safety is our absolute priority.”

  • Kimberley Greenwood, President, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and Chief, Barrie Police Service

 

“By mandating board training on roles, responsibilities and critical skills, the Ontario Government’s new Community Safety and Policing Act will significantly enhance every police board’s ability to make the best possible decisions about local policing policies, strategic plans and budgets. This will directly lead to ever-improving policing and community safety. Everyone will benefit.”

  • Phil Huck, Chair, and Fred Kaustinen, Executive Director, Ontario Association of Police Services Boards


QUICK FACTS

  • The government plans to introduce a new bill entitled the Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act, 2019 that would create the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 and the Special Investigations Unit Act, 2019 to repeal and replace the Police Services Act, 2018, and the Ontario Special Investigations Unit Act, 2018. The bill would also repeal the Policing Oversight Act, 2018, and the Ontario Policing Discipline Tribunal Act, 2018.
  • First Nations policing provisions laid out in the Police Services Act, 2018, would be adopted providing First Nations communities with greater choice in how their policing services are delivered.
  • The amendments to the Police Services Act (1990) - the legislation currently in force - that add new community safety and well-being planning provisions and came into force on Jan. 1, 2019, would continue to be in force with a new provision requiring the participation of the local police service in the development of the plan.
  • The Missing Persons Act, 2018, and Forensic Laboratories Act, 2018, and the majority of the previous amendments to the Coroners Act would remain as passed in the Safer Ontario Act, 2018.
  • The new police oversight legislation would respond to Justice Tulloch’s recommendations in the Report of the Independent Police Oversight Review.
  • On February 13th, Minister Jones recommended Constable Volodymyr Zvezd'Onkin (54 Division) and Constable Hongfei Zhou (54 Division) for the Ontario Medal of Police Bravery for their courage in stopping the Danforth Shooter. The two officers had previously been subject to a 6 month investigation by the SIU.

 

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February 26, 2019

Ontario Takes Decisive Action to Help More Families with Autism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FEBRUARY 7TH, 2019

SIMCOE COUNTY

 

Ontario Takes Decisive Action to Help More Families with Autism
Will clear waitlist for autism services and provide direct financial supports for families of 23,000 children previously denied funding in Ontario Autism Program

Simcoe County – The Ontario government is bringing relief to 23,000 children and their families who are currently languishing on a waitlist for autism services.

Parliamentary Assistant Amy Fee and Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Lisa MacLeod outlined the widespread reforms to the Ontario Autism Program that will restore fairness, equality, and sustainability to the program.

“The Ontario government invests $321 million dollars each year in autism supports that under the current system leave 3 out of 4 children behind,” said Macleod. “I cannot in good conscience continue this Liberal plan that was more about politics than the people it should be supporting.”

With the proposed changes, families may receive a Childhood Budget until their child turns 18. Supports will be targeted to lower and middle-income families. The amount of the budget will depend on the length of time a child will be in the program. For example, a child entering the program at age two would be eligible to receive up to $140,000, while a child entering the program at age seven would receive up to $55,000. These changes will ensure that every child will receive assistance, rather than just 25% of families who currently receive support.

“There are over 2,400 families waiting for a diagnostic assessment and over 23,000 families waiting for behavioural services through the Ontario Autism Program and that demand keeps growing,” said Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North.  “Our government is committed to helping families receive critical supports and services faster and not having children and youth wait for years before getting help.  That is why we are doubling funding to diagnostic hubs over the next two years so that families can get a diagnosis sooner.”

Under the government’s proposed reforms, the waitlist for funding will be cleared in 18 months, people will be treated with fairness and equality, the system will become more financially sustainable, make the system more accountable and work to guarantee that supports are there for families with the greatest need, now and well into the future.

“Families in our communities have told me the system is broken. They are waiting too long to receive a diagnosis, and when they do get one they have to wait again to get service,” said Caroline Mulroney, MPP for York-Simcoe. “Our government’s plan ensures that no families will have to wait over two years to receive support for their children again.”

Information about the Ontario Autism Program is available on the ministry’s website at www.ontario.ca/autism. Families can also call 1-888-284-8340 toll-free to find out more information about the program, connect with their local ministry office, be transferred to the regional Single Point of Access, as well as the diagnostic hub serving their area.

 

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February 26, 2019

Simcoe County to Receive $445,450 as Part of Ontario’s Community Transportation Grant Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 28th, 2019

Simcoe North

 

Ontario Government Announces Grants to Help Improve Transit in Communities Across the Province

Simcoe County to Receive $445,450 as Part of Ontario’s Community Transportation Grant Program

SIMCOE NORTH - Ontario’s Government for the People is helping 40 communities across the province improve transportation services within and between communities to make it easier for people to get around.

Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North, stated that Simcoe County would be receiving $445,450 of support through the Community Transportation Grant Program.

“This investment will improve the quality of life for many people in our communities that are currently underserved by transit. Whether it’s seniors, students or others, access to transit helps people get where they need to be and live active, independent lives” said Dunlop. 

The program will make it more convenient for Ontarians, including seniors, students, youths and persons with disabilities to access essential services in their communities, connect with other transportation services, and travel between cities and towns.

Through the program, the province will provide municipalities with $30 million over five years to support local transit and intercommunity bus service in areas with little or no public transit. Funding will be provided for 45 different projects in 40 communities.

BACKGROUND

  • Up to $30 million in grants over five years will be awarded to municipalities to partner with community organizations, health agencies, transit agencies, school-bus and private transportation operators, to coordinate local transportation services and/or run intercommunity routes.
  • The new Community Transportation Grant Program builds on a successful pilot program that provided nearly $3 million in funding for 22 municipalities since 2015.
  • In the first year of the pilot program, more than 28,000 people used the new services to make more than 105,000 trips.

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January 29, 2019