• News Archive

    Canadian Agriculture Day

    February 12, 2019

    Today is Canadian Agriculture Day. I was proud to fight to preserve agriculture on the Rouge National Urban Park, despite the calls of environmental groups to reforest some of the best agricultural land in Canada. Today, farming is protected on the Rouge in perpetuity and will continue to create jobs and local produce.

    Dorcas Centre Grand Opening

    February 10, 2019

    Very proud to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Dorcas Centre in Markham today. The Rhenish Church hosted one of the very first events I attended when I was elected to office in 2008. Thank you for your dedication to community, family, and faith.

    Ontario Autism Program

    February 9, 2019

    A system that leaves 75% of children behind is not one that can or should continue. Over the next 18 months we will be clearing the autism wait-list and providing up to $140,000 for every child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. www.ontario.ca/autism

    Ontario Real Estate Consultation

    February 8, 2019

    Have your say! Our government is looking for feedback on regulation in the real estate industry. If you have bought, sold, or rent your home, have your say: www.ontario.ca/RealEstateAct

    Statement regarding Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Scheme

    February 5, 2019

    Last week, York Regional Police arrested and charged three men for allegedly illegally growing over 6,000 cannabis plants at a facility in Stouffville... Read more

    Lunar New Year

    February 5, 2019

    Wishing everyone in Markham-Stouffville celebrating today a Happy Lunar New Year! Wishing you and your family good health and prosperity in the year ahead. Kung Hei Fat Choy! 恭喜發財!

    Women's Forum @ the Legislature

    February 4, 2019

    Are you a woman between the ages of 20-35 with an interest in civics and current affairs? Are you actively involved in your community?

     

    The Women’s Forum will bring together 124 women from across Ontario for a full-day at the Legislative Building in Toronto. Selected participants will experience parliament in action, meet prominent Ontario women and key parliamentary figures, and gain a behind-the-scenes perspective of Ontario’s Parliament.

     

    Apply @ http://www.ola.org/en/visit-learn by March 8!

    York Angel Investors Meeting

    January 31, 2019

    Thank you to the York Angel Investors Inc. for hosting me at this afternoons investment meeting. Great to discuss the ways our government can support small business, cut red tape and prepare our students for the jobs of tomorrow #jobcreation #smallbusiness

    Mon Sheong Stouffville LTC Groundbreaking

    January 29, 2019

    This morning Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham-Stouffville attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Mon Sheong Stouffville Long-Term Care Centre. He was joined by Tim Kwan, Chairman of the Mon Sheong Foundation, Mayor Iain Lovatt, and Councillors Ken Ferdinands, Maurice Smith, Hugo Kroon, and Rick Upton. Read more...

    Stouffville McDonalds Grand Re-Opening

    January 26, 2019

    Excited to take part in the Grand Re-Opening of McDonald's at 28 Sandiford Dr in Stouffville! It is a special day as Marcia Finlayson, after 42 years as an employee re-opens this franchise location as an owner with Todd Finlayson. I couldn’t be happier for these two local entrepreneurs! Photo Gallery...

    Tamil Heritage Month Stouffville

    January 25, 2019

    Thank you very much to the Stouffville Multicultural Association for hosting a celebration of Tamil Heritage Month at Stouffville District Secondary School. Thai Pongal Valththukkal! Photo Gallery...

    Markham Family Health Team

    January 22, 2019

    Big thank you to the Markham Family Health Team for welcoming my colleagues Logan Kanapathi, Billy Pang and Daisy Wai and I today. We had an engaging and interesting discussion on how to improve healthcare #HealthCareON

    Making it Easier to Support Charities

    January 21, 2019

    Ontario is introducing online raffle options for charities that allow anyone of legal age to buy a raffle ticket during a game or event. Anyone in the province will be able to support charities – whether they’re cheering from the stands or from the comfort of the couch.

    Lowering Tuition Fees

    January 17, 2019

    BIG NEWS! Today, Minister Merrilee Fullerton announced that ALL domestic Ontario-Post Secondary Students will receive a 10% reduction in tuition fees. This means that Ontario university students will save $660 and college students will save $340. Read more...

    Ontario Education Consultations

    January 16, 2019

    With over 72,000 engagements our education consultations have provided many options for improving our math, science and health curriculums. Thank you to all who have participated. Please continue to provide input directly to my office! You can find my full interview on Power and Politics here: https://youtu.be/7dsBsU6-76U

    YRP Operations Centre

    January 16, 2019

    Thank you to the YRP for hosting my colleagues Daisy Wai, Billy Pang and I at the York Regional Police Operations Centre. It was a pleasure to tour the facility and see the great work our local officers do to protect our community. #YorkRegion #MarkhamStouffville

    Armenian Christmas Celebration

    January 11, 2019

    It was a pleasure meeting with members of the Armenian community last night during their Christmas Celebration. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

    York Region Transit Investment

    January 8, 2019

    I’m pleased to share our Government for the People will be providing over $16.7 million in funding to support York Region Transit in building and expanding local transit infrastructure. Read more...

    Auto Insurance Consultation

    January 8, 2019

    Have your say! Our Government just launched a consultation to review auto insurance in Ontario. We are looking for input from drivers and consumers on how we can put drivers first, get rates under control, and improve our auto insurance system: http://bit.ly/2QCrRot

    Christmas Message 2018

    December 25, 2018

    Merry Christmas from your Member of Provincial Parliament Paul Calandra!

    Greensborough Tamil Seniors

    December 21, 2018

    Thank you to the Greensborough Tamil Seniors Club for hosting me tonight at your Christmas celebration. It was a pleasure to join you in celebrating the club’s achievements over the past two years.

    Markham Transit Meeting

    December 14, 2018

    I had the pleasure of meeting with Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti along with my colleagues Caroline Mulroney, Billy Pang, Michael Parsa, Daisy Wai and Logan Kanapathi. We had a great discussion on building and expanding transit to serve the residents of York Region.

    Throwback Thursday - George S. Henry

    December 13, 2018

    For today’s #TBT we go back to 1913 and George S. Henry, the 7th MPP representing York East. From 1913 to 1943, MPP Henry was one of the longest serving members of our riding and also held the Office of Prime Minister of Ontario from 1930 to 1934. His government spearheaded the construction of the QEW, Ontario’s first four lane divided highway.

    Shoebox Project at Queen's Park

    December 6, 2018

    I was pleased to join with my colleagues in support of the Shoebox Project. Our caucus along with other members of the Legislature brought boxes filled with items to donate to women in shelters during the Christmas Season.

    Literacy Skills

    December 4, 2018

    Literacy skills are critical for Ontarians to gain employment and contribute to our growing economy. Over 90% of my job involves reading and writing and many others also require excellent literacy skills. Literacy - it matters!

    Stouffville Santa Claus Parade

    December 1, 2018

    Great to be with Mayor Iain Lovatt and MP Jane Philpott as Stouffville celebrated the Christmas season at the annual Santa Claus Parade! We had a terrific turnout for our first ever evening parade!

    Meeting w/OSSTF at Queen's Park

    November 28, 2018

    Today at Queen’s Park I was pleased to meet with representatives from the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) including Katrina Sale, a teacher from Stouffville District Secondary School. Our province has some of the best teachers in the world and I am proud to support them.

    Celebrate Ontario 2019 Grants

    November 26, 2018

    Applications for Celebrate Ontario 2019 are now open! This grant program supports festivals and events, and helps to attract tourists to communities across the province! The application period closes January 9.

     

    http://www.grants.gov.on.ca/…/GrantOpportuniti…/OSAPQA005140

    Mental Health Investment

    November 20, 2018

    Mental health affects 1 in 5 Canadians every year. That’s why our government is making a $1.9 billion investment in mental health initiatives to ensure that every Ontarian can access the care they need.

    YCDSB Meeting

    November 16, 2018

    Pleasure to meet with YCDSB Director Ab Falconi and Trustee Elizabeth Crowe today. It was great to hear about the work the board is doing to provide quality education to young people in Markham-Stouffville.

    LIFT Tax Credit

    November 15, 2018

    Our government is introducing the most generous tax credit in a generation for low-income workers, the Low-Income Individuals and Families Tax Credit. Those who earn less than $30,000 a year will pay zero personal income tax when they file their 2019 tax return.

     

    Respecting tax dollars while providing relief for families. That’s our plan for the people.

    Remembrance Day

    November 11, 2018

    Today I joined Legion Branch 459 in Stouffville at their Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony. It was an honour to lay a wreath in gratitude of the men and women who gave their lives in defence of our nation's freedom. We must never forget the sacrifices our service members have made and continue to make to ensure peace here at home and abroad.

    Statement from Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham-Stouffville

    November 9, 2018

    For immediate release

     

    “Following the recent municipal election my office has heard numerous concerns from Stouffville parents about racist, offensive, and inappropriate comments posted on social media and attributed to the York Region District School Board Trustee-elect for Whitchurch-Stouffville and East Gwillimbury.

     

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    Remembrance Day 2018

    November 8, 2018

    On this Remembrance Day, I hope you and your family will take the time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country.

    GM Technical Centre

    November 7, 2018

    Thank you to the GM Technical Centre in Markham for hosting a tour for my colleagues and I this morning. This brand new facility is a 150,000 square foot campus with cutting-edge software development and innovation technologies. Here, GM is working on self-driving vehicle systems and brand new safety tools to keep drivers safe.

     

    Our government is going to continue to take steps to encourage more businesses like GM to bring jobs and growth back to our province. Thank you to GM for making this important investment in Ontario’s economy!

    Stouffville Family Eye Care Visit

    November 6, 2018

    Thank you very much to the Stouffville Family Eye Care team for hosting me to discuss the role of optometrists in Ontario's Health Care system. It was terrific meeting with you!

    Ceremony of Remembrance

    November 4, 2018

    As Remembrance Week got underway, I had the privilege of laying a wreath at a ceremony of remembrance organized by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 459. We honoured men and women from Stouffville who went to war in the defence of our country. I’m inspired everyday by their courage and resilience.

    Heroes Walk Among Us

    November 1, 2018

    Heroes walk among us. On November 11, we honour the courage of those who served and continue to serve our country with a moment of silence. Find your moment of silence at a #RemembranceDay ceremony in Markham-Stouffville. Learn more at http://ontario.ca/RemembranceDay

    Shakir Rehmatullah Cancer Clinic

    October 30, 2018

    Today Markham-Stouffville Hospital celebrated the unveiling of the new Shakir Rehmatullah Cancer Clinic. This new facility will provide extraordinary patient care and support through the acquisition of priority medical equipment, innovative technology...

     

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    St. Brendan Queen's Park Visit

    October 30, 2018

    Thanks to Ms. Hulshof’s grade 5 class from St. Brendan for stopping by Queen’s Park today. Snuck out of question period to make it to the staircase in time but I got the best question of the day “Are you the real Paul Calandra?” Happy to say yes I am!

    Get your Flu Shot!

    October 30, 2018

    Protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu! Get the free flu shot - it's your best defence against getting the flu.

    Making Ontario Open for Business Act

    October 23, 2018

    Today, our government introduced the Making Ontario Open for Business Act. If passed, it will reduce red tape & regulatory burdens on Ontario businesses, while looking out for the health & safety of workers.

     

    We are modernizing the apprenticeship system to ensure that Ontario creates better paying jobs. Changes include lowering journeyperson to apprentice ratios to a 1:1, winding down the Ontario College of Trades, and pausing the increase to the Minimum Wage so businesses have time to adjust. Our message is clear: if you are prepared to do the work, you deserve a shot at the job. Our gov’t is getting out of the way of job creators & making Ontario #OpenforBusiness.

    Markham Fair President's Banquet

    October 22, 2018

    I had a great evening at the Markham Fair President’s Banquet on Saturday night.

     

    Much of the work that goes on behind the scenes to make the Markham Fair a success comes from a huge team of dedicated volunteers. Many of them have served the fair from 15 years to as much as 60 years and more!

     

    Our community is lucky to have such a dedicated group of people that help preserve our agricultural heritage.

    Small Business Saturday

    October 20, 2018

    It’s #SmallBizSaturday! In Markham-Stouffville, many of our small businesses are leading edge hi-tech innovators, they are excited that Premier Ford is dedicated to unleashing our small business community. They work hard, make sacrifices and they are thrilled to have a government that supports them!

    Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship

    October 18, 2018

    Do you know someone who has created a long-lasting impact in their community? Nominate them for the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship! Find out more about the nomination process and submit your nomination online:

     

    https://www.ontario.ca/page/honours-and-awards-community…

    Small Business Week!

    October 16, 2018

    Happy Small Business Week! This week, Ontario recognizes the many small businesses that are the backbone of our economy. Take some time to "Shop Small" and support small businesses in Markham-Stouffville throughout the week!

    Markham Infrastructure Meeting

    October 4, 2018

    A pleasure to meet with Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Minister Monte McNaughton, and my colleagues Stephen Lecce, Billy Pang and Logan Kanapathi to discuss Markham’s infrastructure priorities.

    Ontario Model Parliament

    October 2, 2018

    Attention all Markham-Stouffville Students in Grades 10-12 and Post-Secondary! Are you a civic minded student passionate about politics and current affairs? Looking to learn about the Ontario Legislature and provincial government? Then apply for the Ontario Model Parliament! Selected students will participate in a 3-day authentic experience culminating in a debate in the Legislative Chamber. Learn more:

     

    High School Program: https://www.ola.org/…/programs/model-parliament-high-school…

     

    Post-Secondary Program: https://www.ola.org/…/progr…/post-secondary-model-parliament

    Page Captain Deven

    September 27, 2018

    I had a great lunch with Markham-Stouffville Page Deven and his parents today. Deven was today’s page captain and is doing a terrific job. Keep up the good work!

    Children's Treatment Network

    September 21, 2018

    I was pleased to meet with representatives from the Children’s Treatment Network at my constituency office today. Thank you for coming by to share your expertise and your work in Markham-Stouffville with me!

    Cornell Bus Terminal Groundbreaking

    July 31, 2018

    I was excited to join Mayor of Markham Frank Scarpitti, the Hon. Jane Philpott, MP for Markham-Stouffville and York Region Council Chair Wayne Emmerson as we broke ground on the new Cornell Bus Terminal! This announcement is great news for the residents of Markham and will strengthen local economic growth.

    Meeting w/Mayor Scarpitti and Markham-Area MPPs

    July 13, 2018

    Very productive meeting this morning with my friend Mayor Scarpitti and my Markham area colleagues. Look forward to working together to build a brighter future for our constituents and community.

    St. Mark Expansion Groundbreaking

    June 24, 2018

    I was pleased to join members of the St. Mark Parish community in Stouffville as they celebrated the ground breaking of their church expansion. Congratulations on this important milestone!

    New Markham Cenotaph

    June 9, 2018

    Three years ago Peter Kent (MP for Thornhill) and I secured federal funding for a new cenotaph in Markham. Today it's done and was unveiled, a beautiful tribute to those who have served and sacrificed.