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Welcome to the Markham-Stouffville
Weekly Update for May 15, 2021

Ontario Expands COVID-19 Vaccination Booking for More People

Over 50% of Ontarians have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

With a stable and predictable supply of vaccines, Ontario’s vaccine rollout continues to pick up speed, and we are on track to administer a first dose to 65% of Ontario adults by the end of May. 


Individuals 18+ in 2021 who live in hot spot communities (L3S, L3T, L6B, L6C, L6E) are now eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial online booking system or through York Region Public Health.

Across Ontario, the following groups are now eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial online booking system/call centre and via York Region Public Health. Select pharmacies in Markham-Stouffville are offering the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine to those 18+ living in a hotspot and those 40+ outside of a hotspot. Visit ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine to find a pharmacy offering a COVID-19 vaccine and to book an appointment.

Book an appointment and learn more about vaccine eligibility: www.ontario.ca/bookvaccine
Province Launches New Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant

The Ontario government is providing one‐time payments of $10,000 to $20,000 to support eligible small tourism and travel businesses struggling to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through the new $100-million Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant.

This grant will support eligible small tourism and travel businesses that did not receive the Ontario Small Business Support Grant (OSBSG), such as travel agents, hotels, motels, resorts, and bed and breakfasts. To qualify, businesses must have fewer than 100 employees and demonstrate they have experienced a minimum 20 per cent revenue decline between 2019 and 2020.

Small business owners can use the grant in whatever way makes the most sense for their business. Applications for this grant will close on Friday, June 25, 2021.

Learn more: 

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000123/province-launches-new-ontario-tourism-and-travel-small-business-support-grant
Ontario Extending Stay-at-Home Order Until June 2 
 
With the new, more contagious variants continuing to pose significant risks, the government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is extending the Stay-at-Home Order until at least June 2, 2021. All public health and workplace safety measures will also remain in effect. 

Thanks to the collective efforts of Ontarians in following public health and workplace safety measures, the province continues to make considerable progress in the fight to control the third wave of COVID-19. This past week (May 2 to 8), the provincial cases rate decreased by 14.8 per cent, with the positivity rate also decreasing to 7.7 per cent compared to 8.6 per cent the previous week. From May 5 to 12, the number of patients with COVID-related critical illness in intensive care has decreased from 877 to 776.

Despite improvements, key indicators remain high and more time is required before the province can safely lift the Stay-at-Home Order. From May 3 to 9, the provincial cases rate remained very high at 134.9 cases per 100,000 people, and per cent positivity was above the high alert threshold of 2.5 per cent. Hospitalization and ICU admissions also remain too high and well above the peak of wave two.

Learn more:

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000124/ontario-extending-stay-at-home-order-until-june-2
Ottawa Joins Ontario in Making Historic Investments in Greater Toronto Area Transit
 

The Ontario government is welcoming a new federal funding commitment of $10.7 billion to support the delivery of the province’s multi-billion plan to build four priority subways.

Ontario’s bold $28.5 billion transit plan for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), which already included a commitment of nearly $17 billion from the province, marks the largest subway expansion in Canadian history with the all-new Ontario Line; a three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension; the Yonge North Subway Extension; and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension.
 
Ontario is making unprecedented progress in delivering on our bold plan to provide people with access to better, more reliable and more seamless rapid transit that will help them get to where they need to go and when they need to get there. 
 
Learn more: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000101/ottawa-joins-ontario-in-making-historic-investments-in-greater-toronto-area-transit

Local COVID-19 Heroes

Thank you to the terrific team of doctors and health care professionals at the Stouffville COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic. The clinic was recognized last week on Global News for their terrific work to get shots in arms as quickly as possible.

Our community is grateful for your support in helping us get through this pandemic.

https://globalnews.ca/news/7843918/covid-vaccine-stouffville-drive-thru-clinic-york-region/
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.

As a result of the Stay-at-Home order, my office is currently closed. However my staff remain avaliable to respond to your inquiries via phone or email.

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.


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
Copyright © Paul Calandra, MPP, All rights reserved.

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Suite 400, 37 Sandiford Dr. Stouffville, ON L4A 3Z2

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