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Welcome to the Markham-Stouffville
Weekly Update for January 23, 2021

Ontario Increases Protection in Markham-Stouffville Long-Term Care Homes 
 
Since the start of the pandemic, our government’s top priority has been protecting the health and well-being of our most vulnerable population, long-term care residents. That’s why we have met every stage of this pandemic with enhanced action, backed by dollars, to support homes to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19.

That’s also why we are making further investments to enhance measures that will allow us to better detect and contain any outbreaks in long-term care homes. 

To protect our loved ones in long-term care, our government is investing an additional $1,291,300 to support further prevention and containment efforts in long-term care homes in Markham-Stouffville during the second wave of COVID-19. The new funding will reduce the risk of the virus from entering long-term care homes from the community.

Homes in Markham-Stouffville receiving additional funding during the second wave include: 
  • Bloomington Cove (Stouffville) is receiving an additional $250,100, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $742,900.
  • Chartwell Woodhaven LTC (Markham) is receiving an additional $325,400, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $1,207,200.
  • Parkview Home LTC (Stouffville) is receiving an additional $311,900, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $746,900.
  • Yee Hong Centre (Markham) is receiving an additional $156,600, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $1,065,600.
  • Markhaven (Markham) is receiving an additional $247,300, bringing the total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $802,700.
The new funding will reduce the risk of the virus from entering long-term care homes from the community by covering eligible expenses related to:
  • An immediate 24/7 health checkpoint to confirm staff and essential caregivers entering the building are properly screened for COVID-19 symptoms and potential exposure, and to continue screening residents on an ongoing basis to support early detection and containment of any new infections;
  • Additional prevention and containment activities, such as hiring new staff to carry-out the added workload for essential services and/or to replace workers who are sick or in isolation;
  • Cleaning, equipment, and operating supplies beyond typical levels for the home; and
  • Implementing infection control measures based on clinical evidence, advice from a physician or other regulated health practitioners with expertise in infection control.
This brings the total investment to protect long-term care homes since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to $1.38 billion. 

Our government is making major investments into long-term care homes, to ensure they can spare no expense to prevent and contain the virus.
Thousands of Small Businesses Apply for Ontario's Small Business Support Grant
 
More than 42,000 applications have been received for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant.
 
Businesses that have been approved can expect to receive payment within about 10 business days. During the Provincewide Shutdown all eligible small businesses facing challenges are being encouraged to apply for this financial support and receive at least $10,000 and up to $20,000.
 
Small businesses required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown are able to apply for the Ontario Small Business Support 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 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.
To apply for the grant, visit this site:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/businesses-get-help-covid-19-costs
Ontario Achieves Key Milestone with Vaccinations in Long-Term Care
 
Residents and Workers in Seven Regions Immunized Ahead of Schedule
 
Ontario reached a key milestone in the fight against COVID-19, completing the first round of vaccinations ahead of schedule in all long-term care homes in Toronto, Peel, York and Windsor-Essex, the four regions with the highest COVID-19 transmission rates. The first round of vaccinations has also been administered at all long-term care homes in the Ottawa Public Health Region, Durham Region and Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. 
 
To date, more than 40 percent of all long-term care homes across the province have had an opportunity to receive the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 83,000 long-term care residents, staff and essential caregivers have been vaccinated.
 
For the full report, visit this link:

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/60011/ontario-achieves-key-milestone-with-vaccinations-in-long-term-care
Ontario Providing Transit Funding for York Region

This week, I announced that Ontario is providing over $16 million in funding to York Region through Ontario’s Gas Tax program.

In 2021, the province is providing a total of $375 million in gas tax funding for 109 municipalities that deliver public transit to 144 communities across Ontario. The province will flow the funding as soon as possible in 2021.

Learn more: https://www.paulcalandra.com/blog/ontario-providing-transit-funding-for-york-region
Provincewide inspection blitzes will ensure essential businesses are operating safely
 
On January 20, the Ontario government announced that it is expanding the current workplace inspection campaign to further protect workers and customers at essential businesses.
 
Following last week's big-box store blitz, provincial offences officers will be now be visiting an expanded range of workplaces across Ontario to educate and ticket businesses that are not complying with COVID-19 health and safety requirements.
 
Last weekend a team of approximately 50 ministry inspectors, as well as local bylaw and police officers, visited 240 big-box stores across the GTHA. 
 
For more information, see:

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/60019/ontario-expands-workplace-enforcement-campaigns

Important new guidelines for Condo buyers
 

Buying a condo is a significant decision, and it is important that purchasers are appropriately informed so that they can be confident in their new home or investment. That is why Ontario's government has asked the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) to launch a new, plain-language Residential Condominium Buyers’ Guide to help condo buyers make informed purchasing decisions.

As of January 1, 2021, developers across the province are required to provide purchasers of new or pre-construction residential condos with a copy of the guide and the current disclosure statement. Condo purchasers will now have the information they need to make the right decision for themselves and their families.


If you are considering purchasing a new condo, you will want to view the most recent and updated Condominium Buyers Guide here:

https://www.condoauthorityontario.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Ontarios-Condominium-Buyers-Guide-2020-FINAL-2.pdf

National Crime Stoppers Month
 
January is National Crime Stoppers Month. During this month, we thank our local law enforcement officers and all those that help to keep our community safe!
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
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