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Welcome to the Markham-Stouffville
Weekly Update for September 5, 2020

Wishing Ontarians a Safe and Happy Labour Day Weekend

This weekend, workers across Ontario and their families will enjoy a much-deserved three day weekend.

Enjoy the weekend, and all of the wonderful destinations our province has to offer! Please keep in mind that distracted driving, impaired driving and not wearing seatbelts are among the most significant safety risks drivers take when they head out on the roads.

You can visit and share Ontario’s Public Health “placemat” for quick reminders of the most important safety tips: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/o/2014/ohp-road-safety.pdf?la=en.

Please follow public health guidelines to help us stop the spread of COVID-19.

For the latest information, please visit 
https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-stop-spread.

Remember to maintain safe physical distance (2m) from others and wear a face covering when it is not possible. 
Broadband Internet Access

My York Region Caucus colleagues and I met with York Region Chair Wayne Emmerson to discuss the need for reliable broadband internet across our community.

The Ontario government is expanding access to reliable broadband and cellular service in under-served and un-served parts of the province. This funding will help drive economic investment and job creation across the province, while allowing more people to work from home more efficiently, engage in online learning, and connect with family and friends.

Any areas across Ontario that do not meet the national standards for broadband speeds would be eligible for provincial funding. Up to 12 per cent of households in the province - mostly in rural, remote or northern areas - don't have adequate broadband service, according to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Telecommunication service providers, municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profits have been invited to submit innovative proposals and lend their investment, expertise and experience to improve connectivity in communities across Ontario. 

Further information on this program is available here: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/57537/ontario-expanding-access-to-the-modern-digital-economy
Protecting Transit Riders
 
As the province safely and gradually reopens and more people return to work, the Ontario government is partnering with public transit operators across the province to implement measures that will ensure transit workers and passengers can safely and confidently take public transit. The government has distributed comprehensive health and safety guidance documents and is providing significant funding to cover lost revenue, enhanced cleaning and other costs incurred because of COVID-19.

Metrolinx has implemented more than 40 measures to help keep transit workers and passengers safe. These measures include installing seat dividers on GO trains and buses, making face coverings mandatory for staff and passengers, providing hand sanitizer dispensers on every GO bus and at every GO Transit and UP Express station, and installing health kiosks at dozens of stations to provide safety information. Metrolinx is also increasing GO train and bus services beginning September 5, 2020, as more people return to school and work.

See more details here: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58213/ontario-protecting-transit-riders-and-workers-as-province-reopens


Updated GO Transit Schedules: https://www.gotransit.com/en/trip-planning/go-service-updates/train-schedule-changes
Ontario Providing In-Demand Skills Training to Over 15,000 People
 
Training programs announced on September 3 will give workers and job seekers pathways to good jobs: the Ontario government is providing $37 million to help more than 15,000 people train for new jobs and upgrade their skills to enable them to contribute to the province's economic recovery.

This funding will support 86 projects and provide training in high-demand skills like information technology, advanced manufacturing, truck driving, construction, and horticulture. The programs include internships and other hands-on learning experiences, and in most cases, the training is provided at no charge.

See the details of this announcement here: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58232/ontario-providing-in-demand-skills-training-to-over-15000-people
Ontario Expands Driver Testing Services Provincewide

Road tests for class G driver’s licences will resume September 8, as the Ontario government has announced it is expanding driver testing services across the province with strict protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Beginning Tuesday, September 8, Ontarians will be able to book class G road tests and access all classes of driver testing services at DriveTest centres across Ontario.

All full-time DriveTest centres will be offering 100 per cent of their services with restrictions removed, such as knowledge tests being accessible only by birth month.

Some examples of resumed services include:

First come, first served:
  • Class G1 and M1 knowledge tests
  • Driver's licence exchanges and upgrades
By Appointment only:
  • Class G2 and class G road tests
  • Class M2 and class M motorcycle road tests; and,
  • Commercial driver road tests for all classes of commercial driver's licences.
Visit this website for more information: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58228/ontario-expands-driver-testing-services-provincewide
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.

To reduce in-person visits to ServiceOntario, a number of provincially-issued documents have extended expiry dates until further notice. Please click here for further information. 

Best regards,

Paul Calandra, MPP
Markham-Stouffville
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