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Welcome to the Markham-Stouffville
Weekly Update for June 7, 2020

#OntarioSpirit in Markham-Stouffville

Thank you to the amazing team at Burrito Zone and the Darubra family for your donation of 250 meals to our front line health care workers at Markham-Stouffville Hospital! It was great to join you to thank those protecting us during COVID-19 along with Markham Ward 7 Councillor Usman and Super Fan Nav Bhatia! 

Thank you also to Markham Business Owner Jobson Easow and his wife Maria for donating 10,000 masks to Markham-Stouffville Hospital!
Religious Leaders Consultation
Thank you to the religious leaders from Markham-Stouffville and the Minister of Labour who joined me for a consultation on COVID-19 and the future re-opening of our places of worship. 

Since March, all faith groups have been directed not to hold-in-person gatherings as Ontario tackles the COVID-19 outbreak. Religious leaders and their communities have made a significant sacrifice by staying home to save lives.

We hope to have places of worship open as soon as it is safe. 
Photo from November 2019
Markham-Stouffville Youth Council Final Meeting
On Thursday I hosted the final meeting with my Markham-Stouffville Youth Council (on Zoom) who shared their recommendations on how to improve our education, post-secondary, and children/youth programs. Their hard work and dedication over the past year to meet and research important issues that affect youth in our community has been nothing short of impressive. Thank you to the Minister of Colleges and Universities, the Minister of Education, and the Parliamentary Assistant for Health for stopping by to hear from our students.
Electricity Rate Stability for Families and Businesses

The Ontario government announced that it will continue to support provincial electricity consumers by providing stability and greater customer choice, while helping those struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Initiatives include:

  • $9 million for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) to support consumers struggling to pay their energy bills during the pandemic. CEAP will provide one-time payments to consumers to help pay down any electricity bill debt incurred over the COVID‑19 period. Applications will be available through local utilities in the upcoming months;
  • $8 million for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB) to provide support to businesses struggling with bill payments as a result of the outbreak; and
  • An extension of the Ontario Energy Board's winter disconnection ban until July 31, 2020 to ensure no one is disconnected from their natural gas or electricity service during these uncertain times.

In addition, the government recently announced that it will continue the suspension of time-of-use (TOU) electricity rates and, starting on June 1, 2020, customers will be billed based on a new fixed COVID-19 Recovery Rate of 12.8 cents per kilowatt hour.


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. Please call us at 905-642-2588 or email paul.calandra@pc.ola.org and my staff and I will be happy to assist you.

Best regards,

Paul Calandra, MPP