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Welcome to the Markham-Stouffville
Weekly Update for January 17, 2021

Applications Now Open for Ontario's Small Business Support Grant - up to $20,000 for Eligible Businesses Impacted by Provincewide Shutdown
 
On January 15, applications opened for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant. The grant, first announced in December, provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to eligible small businesses who have had to restrict their operations due to the Provincewide Shutdown.

Small businesses required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown will be able to apply for a one-time grant and use this funding in whatever way makes the most sense for their individual business needs. For example, some businesses could need support paying employee wages, while others could need support with their rent.

Eligible small businesses include those that:
  • Were required to close or significantly restrict services due to the Provincewide Shutdown being imposed across the province effective 12:01 a.m. on December 26.
  • Have fewer than 100 employees at the enterprise level.
  • Have experienced a minimum of 20 per cent revenue decline in April 2020 compared to April 2019. New businesses established since April 2019 will also be eligible if they meet the other eligibility criteria.
For more detail, visit this link:

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/59968/applications-now-open-for-ontarios-small-business-support-grant

Applications can be made here: www.ontario.ca/covidsupport
Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives
 
In response to a doubling in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is immediately declaring a second provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA).

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for permitted purposes or activities, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for work where the work cannot be done remotely.

These new public health measures will help stop the spread of COVID-19 by reducing concerning levels of mobility as the province continues its vaccine rollout and ramps up to mass vaccination when the federal government is able to provide the necessary supply to do so.

To read more detail about the Emergency Management declaration, visit this link:

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/59922/ontario-declares-second-provincial-emergency-to-address-covid-19-crisis-and-save-lives
Additional Support for Learners

You can get financial support to help with additional costs during the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19. Eligible applicants will receive a one-time payment of:
  • $200 for each child or youth up to Grade 12
  • $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs
The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021: 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-learners
Ontario Provides Funding for Autism Training
 
The Ontario government is providing $7.5 million to help educators better support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The funding will be used to deliver online courses and training opportunities for teachers and educational assistants in all 72 of Ontario's district school boards.
 
The training provided through the Geneva Centre for Autism will increase the understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) methods and approaches amongst educators. As students on the autism spectrum may have complex needs, this specialized training will help educators to support the educational, social, communication, and behavioural outcomes of those students. The training program will begin in 2021.

Read more here:

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/59909/ontario-provides-funding-for-autism-training

Metrolinx Changes

Starting January 23rd, Metrolinx will temporarily be replacing select GO train service with buses and reducing service on UP Express to make better use of resources while demand is low. 

As a result of COVID-19, ridership has decreased by more than 90%. 

  • To better match customer demand, any train service on the Barrie, Stouffville and Kitchener lines during weekday evenings or weekends will be served by buses, and on UP Express, Metrolinx will run hourly service for parts of the day with a shorter operating day. As the Province starts to recover, and more customers return to GO and UP, Metrolinx will work to reinstate service.
  • Stations will have wayfinding signage posted directing customers to the buses.
  • Departures times may be adjusted. Customers should be sure to check gotransit.com and upexpress.com before they travel to ensure they always have the latest schedule information.
Stouffville Line
  • Starting Jan. 22, weekend train service along the Stouffville corridor will be temporarily replaced by buses to make better use of resources while demand is low.
  • Starting Jan. 25, the first morning southbound weekday train and all weekday evening trains will also be temporarily replaced by buses. The last train every weekday will serve all stops to Lincolnville GO. 
  • If travelling on Jan. 22, it’s important to note evening train service will be replaced by buses due to some infrastructure work along the Stouffville corridor.
  • More details can be found on GO Transit’s website.
Thai Pongal and Tamil Heritage Month
 
Thai Pongal and Tamil Heritage Month gives us the opportunity to celebrate the immense contributions of the Tamil community to Canada. Through arts, culture, and business, Tamil Canadians bring a rich culture to our country, one that celebrates family and community.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are grateful to members of the Tamil community that supported our frontline healthcare workers, the well-being of our seniors and took care of the most vulnerable. You truly demonstrated the Ontario spirit.

While celebrations cannot be in person this year, participation in various virtual events which recognize all that the Tamil community does to help build a strong Ontario and a prosperous Canada can still provide opportunities to enjoy.

Thai Pongal Valthukkal! 
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. 

As a result of the Provincewide Shutdown, my physical office is currently closed. However, our office staff remain avaliable to respond to your inquires via email or telephone. Should you require any assistance, please email paul.calandra@pc.ola.org or call 905-642-2588. We will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Best regards,

Paul Calandra, MPP
Markham-Stouffville
Copyright © Paul Calandra, MPP, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Suite 400, 37 Sandiford Dr. Stouffville, ON L4A 3Z2

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