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MPP Report ~ August 2021


The summer has flown by! It has been busy with constituency meetings and getting out to neighbourhoods across our community. Below you will find some of my activities from the last four weeks. Also, you can read the latest news on COVID-19, Ontario's vaccination program, business recovery programs, and information about back-to-school.

A great part of my work and that of my staff is spent assisting individuals who have concerns with health or economic issues. We help people access provincial government programs and services. I encourage you to reach out if I can be of any assistance or if you wish to discuss an issue or community news.
 
In closing, as we look to the Fall months let me assure you that the Ontario Government is actively working towards our province’s recovery while dealing with the realities of COVID-19. As we have through the last two years, the Premier and all MPPs understand there is a special balance to be maintained between health and safety and Ontario's economy. The well-being of Ontarians remains our top priority.  
 
Best wishes for a happy Labour Day Weekend,


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Ontario has administered over 20M doses of the COVID-19 vaccines! Thank you to all who have received their shot -- it's the best protection possible for our communities.
 
If you need a vaccine, book your appointment: http://Ontario.ca/bookvaccine

Here's a pharmacy finder: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations
 
Latest news from the Ontario Government  
 
The Ontario Government is investing an additional $169 million to extend the temporary wage increase for personal support workers (PSWs) and direct support workers for the third time since its initial investment last year.

Last year Ontario provided $461 million to temporarily enhance wages for PSWs and direct support workers. The government also invested $52.5 million to recruit, retain and support over 3,700 more frontline health care workers and caregivers.

The latest investment will help over 158,000 frontline health care workers deliver high-quality care as we continue to respond to our health care demands from the pandemic through to the end of October. More information here.

In response to evolving data around the COVID-19 Delta variant and based on the recent experiences of other jurisdictions, the Ontario Government is taking action to increase protection for our most vulnerable. There are new measures being put into place and the Province is monitoring the situation to determine the safest response to the unfolding situation. Read more information here.
 
Read further background on the Province offering third doses of vaccines to the most vulnerable Ontarians.

As families prepare their kids to return to classrooms, the health and safety of all students and staff is our number one priority. The Ontario Government has taken a balanced approach to reopening schools, maximize health and safety, and ensure that schools remain open to in-person learning for the full school year.
 
Based on the most current public health data, Ontario school boards are guiding the health and safety protocols. The Province has invested the following.
  • $1.6 billion in COVID-19 resources
  • $85.5 million to support learning recovery in math and reading and
  • $561 million more in the Grants for Student Needs, rising to $25.6 billion
Aligned with the advice of Sick Kids and CHEO, our government is taking further action to optimize air quality in our schools, which includes an additional 20,000 HEPA units into learning spaces and the investment of over $600 million to improve ventilation in schools across Ontario.
SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS -- Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has offered a wide range of supports to one of the toughest periods in the Province’s history. This included nearly $3 billion in grant payments through the Ontario Small Business Support Grant.
 
Many businesses across Ontario benefited from this support – including here in our local business community. In Kanata and West Carleton, 459 businesses were provided grants totaling $12,116,775.

To read more on the support and resources provided to businesses, click here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-help-businesses-ontario.

Here you can read the details of the Province's Roadmap to Reopen: https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario.

The Ontario Government is providing $307 million to municipalities and Indigenous program partners to support critical services, protect homeless shelter staff and residents, and help with affordable housing. This is in addition to the previous investment of $765 million for the municipalities’ 2020-21 fiscal year, bringing a total of more than $1 billion of support to municipalities this year.
 
The City of Ottawa is receiving an additional $26 million to help with these important services.

The Ontario Government reaffirmed its commitment to work in partnership with municipalities to support vital public services during a virtual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in August. Read more about how the Province is working closely with municipalities.  

I met with Allan Hubley, Ottawa City Councillor for Kanata-South to discuss recent community news. He shared some stories about the Kanata Family Fun Fair. Kudos to the Glen Cairn Community Association for providing such a wonderful family event! This fair has been a summertime highlight in our community.
Our Kanata Market is a great source for local farm produce and food specialties. I enjoyed shopping at the market and speaking with vendors this past week.
 
While at the market I stopped by the Kanata Food Cupboard (photo below). Did you know the Cupboard is helping an estimated 550 students return to school by supplying them with needed school supplies? Kudos for this initiative and many thanks to the Kanata businesses and residents who donated to this cause!

Earlier this month I visited Farmgate Cider on Mohr’s Road. Stuart and Sami Davies showed me around the property and explained their cider operations. This is a great family business. The Farmgate products can be purchased by appointment at the farm, and on Saturdays at the Carp Market.

This summer I have been cycling in different areas of the Kanata-Carleton constituency. Recently I enjoyed a great ride in West Carleton, through Fitzroy Harbour to Galetta (photos below) -- the Morris Island Conservation Area is a hidden gem in our community.

It is important to stay active. In Spring 2020 I launched a Let's Get Active campaign to encourage Kanata and West Carleton residents to enjoy their physical activities. Here is the link to the original paper that launched the campaign: "Let's Get Active."

Please consider buying local. Shop at your local retailer. Contract local services. Shop online from Kanata and West Carleton businesses. In supporting local businesses you are supporting our community.

I very much enjoyed my purchases at Maverick's Donuts in Kanata!

 

Read more about my "Shop Local" awareness campaign.

NEWS RELATING TO 211 ONTARIO -- One of my Community Office meetings this month was with Karen Milligan, Executive Director of 211 Ontario.
 
211 is a helpline and online database of Ontario's community and social services, as well as government and health related services. This helpline connects families and individuals across the Province with the services they need.
 
Anyone in Ontario can simply dial 2-1-1 or visit 211ontario.ca to immediately connect with a 211 Community Navigator. 211 is completely free, confidential, and available 24/7, 365 days a year in 150+ languages.

If you wish to meet with me or to have me attend a community event, contact my staff at the Community Office or fill out the on-line form here: request a meeting or send an event invitation.

NEWS RELATING TO EYE CARE -- The Government of Ontario is making a $39 million payment to optometrists across the Province to ensure they do not halt OHIP covered eye care for Ontarians. This one-time payment goes to approximately 2,500 optometrists practicing in Ontario.
 
The Ontario Government is committed to working with health care providers. On the matter raised by the Province’s optometrists, it has always been committed to funding OHIP optometry services. If there is a decision to withdraw optometry services from OHIP in the months ahead, it will be the decision of optometrists alone. 

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.

If you have missed one of my monthly newsletters, you can access an index of the MPP Report here: MPP Merrilee Fulllerton's Monthly Newsletters

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

YOUR VOICE WITH THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT -- I am here to serve the residents of Kanata-Carleton when you need help with provincial programs and services: 
  • if you need help with your driver’s licence, Ontario photo card, health card, birth certificate, name changes, or marriage certificate
  • if someone you know would like to receive a certificate for birthday, milestone anniversary, or congratulatory occasion 
  • if you have a concern and would like to arrange a meeting or have me visit your organization or place of business 
My contact information is below - and it is also found on my website - MerrileeFullerton.ca.


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