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MPP Report ~ March 2021

I am pleased to report in this newsletter on the Ontario budget that was delivered on the 24th of this month. It's the second provincial budget tabled during the pandemic and provides Ontarians with an accounting of the government's health and economic plans. You will read below specifics on health and long-term care investments. If you like to read further details on the budget it can accessed here: 2021 Ontario Budget.
 

March 14th is a personal anniversary date and I have provided a reflection of what the date means for me. I find it remarkable these days how much I draw on my past experiences and my career as a family physician. If you have not had a chance to read this post, you can do so here: "I remember that day vividly" -- moving on from my medical practice to make a difference.


In this MPP Report you can also find a few important funding announcements for our constituency and for Ottawa - including the Kanata Seniors' Centre, the West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association, CHEO, and the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre.  I trust you will find all of this local news informative.
 
Connect with the Community Office if we can be of service. Please stay in touch,

Stay informed of COVID-19 news from the Ontario Government

Here is important contact information for the City of Ottawa’s vaccination program. You can schedule your vaccine appointments with an online form here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ or by phoning 1-888-999-6488.
 
Get the latest case data and updates, learn how to protect yourself and others, and get advice on what to do next if you think you might have COVID-19: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/
 
(Photo below) Thank you Doctors for your recent informative briefing on the vaccination program in Ottawa. I appreciate your attention to the details Dr Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Ottawa, and Dr Andrew Falconer, President & CEO of the Queensway Carleton Hospital, and also President & CEO of the Ottawa Hospital Cameron Love.
The 2021 Ontario Budget is the next phase of the provincial government’s response to COVID-19. The budget outlines total expenditures of $16.3 billion to protect people’s health and $23.3 billion to protect our economy. Ontario’s COVID-19 action plan support now totals $51 billion.
 
This budget is making good on our commitment to do whatever it takes to keep people safe, while building on the foundation to create the growth we need for a strong economy. It also builds on the significant support the provincial government has made available to families, workers and employers since the beginning of the pandemic.

Read all the details on health related costs in the 2021 Ontario Budget here: https://budget.ontario.ca/2021/index.html.
Protecting People’s Health is the first pillar in 2021 Ontario Budget -- and it includes outlining the plan for COVID-19, fixing long-term care, and caring for people. Ontario’s total investments in health care since the start of the pandemic amounts to $16.3 billion. Read more about these investments here: https://budget.ontario.ca/2021/index.html.
In the budget the Ontario Government provided the needed funding for CHEO to construct a new 1door4care health-care hub. The new building will merge seven care locations, currently spread across Ottawa, into a single, state-of-the-art, purpose-built site on CHEO’s main campus. This will directly help 40,000 kids/youth with special needs and mental health challenges.
 
I was very pleased to join the Ontario Finance Minister and my local MPP colleagues Lisa MacLeod, Jeremy Roberts and Steve Clark to highlight this important investment in our community. Thank you to Alex Munter, CEO of CHEO, who hosted our tour of the hospital.
It was good to have the Ontario Finance Minister in Kanata to visit a local business and discuss the economy and the 2021 Ontario Budget. We enjoyed the visit to The Burbs on Hazeldean Road. Thank you to Ottawa South Councillor Allan Hubley for being part of the discussions.

Earlier in the day the Finance Minister joined my colleagues and I to tour the Carlington Community Health Centre. The health centre is receiving $5.1 million to expand its home as part of the government’s commitment to building modernized long-term care spaces for seniors.
It was wonderful to also announce this month that the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre will add an additional 156 spaces to ensure loved ones have a safe, modern long-term care home.
 
Also, three homes in the City of Ottawa -- the Champlain Long Term Care Residence in Orléans, Extendicare in Nepean, and the Township of Osgoode Care Centre in Metcalfe -- will receive the required funding to upgrade 322 existing long-term care beds .

The funding announcements for the Perley Rideau Veterans Health Centre and for the other Ottawa homes are part of the provincial government’s recent commitment of $933 million to build 80 new long-term care projects in Ontario. This investment brings the total long-term care home development throughout the province to $2.6 billion. Learn about the details here: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/60796/ontario-making-historic-investment-to-modernize-long-term-care
 
The provincial government is also investing in health care workers for long-term care homes. Here are some recent announcements:
-- Ontario Supports Training of Hundreds of Personal Support Workers
-- Accelerated Personal Support Worker Training Program that will support 6,000 new PSWs and 2,200 PSWs already in training across Ontario’s 24 public colleges
-- Extend temporary wage enhancements for eligible PSWs and direct support workers to retain the workforce needed to support patients during the #COVID19 pandemic

The Ontario Government has made a historic commitment of $933 million towards building 80 new long-term care projects. I have been fortunate to see first hand some of the construction projects underway across the Province.
I am very pleased the Kanata Seniors' Centre received more than $54,000 from the Province. The Ontario Government is committed to the safety and well-being of older adults. This year’s grant funding is focused on safety control measures against the spread of COVID-19, and providing seniors with more remote and virtual programming. For more details about the funding in Kanata, here is my media release: https://www.merrileefullerton.ca/kanata_seniors_centre_receives_provincial_funding_for_programs.

The West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association received funding from the federal and provincial governments to assist with the rehabilitation of an interprovincial rail bridge across the Ottawa River.
 

The Government of Ontario is providing $142,086 to the project. The Government of Canada is investing $170,520, while the West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association will contribute $113,694. The project involves the rehabilitation of a half-kilometre stretch of bridge for snowmobile use, connecting trail networks in Ontario and Quebec. The improvements include the installation of hardwood decking, rails, and signs.

More information in my media release: https://www.merrileefullerton.ca/west_carleton_snowmobile_trails_association_receives_funding

PLEASE SHOP LOCAL. It is always great to support small businesses and hear their concerns and successes. Recently my Community Office replenished its supplies of hand sanitizer from Dunrobin Distilleries -- and we appreciated the great door-to-door service!

In my August 2020 MPP Report I highlighted the innovative work undertaken by "The Spirit of Dunrobin."  Do you remember reading about it?
SUPPORT OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY. This month I was pleased to support two great causes in our community. I had a wonderful St. Paddy’s Irish Stew dinner to support the Carp Fair.

I also enjoyed a “Pre-St Patrick’s Day” dinner in support of The Kanata Greenspace Protection Coalition – the group of concerned residents from the neighbourhoods of Kanata Lakes and Beaverbrook.

Thank you to the volunteer efforts that make these important community fundraising events a success.

Stay connected and stay informed. Make it a habit to visit the news pages on my MPP website to get the latest details on provincial news, programs and services that impact our Kanata-Carleton community. Visit: https://www.merrileefullerton.ca/news.

Please do not hesitate to connect. I am only a phone call or email away. 

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