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Welcome to the Markham-Stouffville
Weekly Update for June 20, 2020

York Region Stage 2 Businesses Open + Guidance Documents

Yesterday I began my morning at Headlines Salon in Stouffville to get my first professional, post-COVID-19 haircut.

It is great to see small businesses in Markham-Stouffville get back up and running.

I recently spoke about the importance of Small Businesses in the House. View the video here.
Businesses reopening now, and all residents, can learn more and access important information on Stage 2 and future re-opening measures by clicking here.

Ontario Prepares for the Safe Reopening of Schools: Province Releases School Safety Plan for the 2020-21 School Year

On June 19, the Ontario government released its safety plan for the resumption of class for the 2020-21 school year, outlining scenarios for how students, teachers and staff can safely return to classrooms in September. The plan also provides choice to parents, enhanced online learning, and additional funding. While the decision to return to the normal school day routine will continue to be based on medical advice, boards and schools are being asked to plan for alternative scenarios that may need to be implemented in September depending on the province's COVID-19 situation.
Happy Father’s Day + Free Fishing
Wishing all of the Fathers in Markham-Stouffville and Ontario a relaxing Father’s Day with loved ones. To help you celebrate, Ontario anglers can fish for free on Father’s Day. Enjoy the day!
Ontario Enhancing COVID-19 Case and Contact Management with contact tracing app

The Ontario government is enhancing case and contact management to quickly test, trace and isolate cases of COVID-19 to stop the spread of the virus and prepare for any potential future waves. These additional measures include a comprehensive case and contact management strategy, Protecting Ontarians through Enhanced Case and Contact Management, and, in partnership with the federal government, a new made-in-Ontario national app called COVID Alert. More details are available here.
The made-in-Ontario app was developed by the Ontario Digital Service (ODS) and a group of volunteers from Shopify.

Helping businesses access the digital economy

Ontario's small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and their recovery is critical to Ontario's recovery. The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is helping small businesses reach more customers through the Digital Main Street platform. It is a $57-million program which will help up to 22,900 Ontario businesses create and enhance their online presence and generate jobs for more than 1,400 students.

Find out more about this program and how your business can benefit by clicking here.
Strawberries are in Season!

Ontario’s own perfectly delicious strawberries are in season now, and we are very fortunate in Markham-Stouffville to have easy access to some of the best strawberry farms and markets in the country.

Foodland Ontario’s guide to finding local farms is here.

Find great recipes here.

In our riding, the Stouffville Farmer's Market will be opening on June 27 and remain open every Saturday until October 3 from 10:30am-1:30pm.  The live market will be located at the rear of 19 on the Park and online orders can be picked up at the front of 19 on the Park (at the Clocktower) during live market hours only.

For more details, click here.
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