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Weekly Update for August 9, 2021

Grand Opening of New Mon Sheong Long-Term Care Centre in Stouffville
On July 21st, I joined the Premier, the Minister of Long-Term Care, and MPP Billy Pang to officially open the new Mon Sheong Long-Term Care Centre in Stouffville. With over 20,000 new and 15,000 upgraded beds in development, this brand new facility is part of the province’s ongoing work to create a 21st century long-term care sector.

The Mon Sheong Stouffville Long-Term Care Centre is a not-for-profit home and is expected to accept its first residents this month. The home will provide 320 new, safe, modern long-term care beds in Whitchurch-Stouffville, and will offer culturally appropriate services to the Chinese community.

This new centre is another example of the Ontario government delivering on their $2.68 billion ten-year plan for the development of 30,000 safe, modern, comfortable beds for our seniors to call home. The previous government took seven years to build just 611 new beds across the province.

Additionally, a $4.9 billion investment over four years will continue to support Ontario’s plan to hire more than 27,000 staff, including registered nurses, personal support workers and support staff. This transformative vision for long-term care is truly resident-centred and will provide the highest quality of care for our most vulnerable people, where and when they need it.

Congratulations to Chairman Tim Kwan and the entire team at Mon Sheong on completing this project and making it a reality. The Ontario government is fulfilling it's commitment to invest in long-term care and improve the quality of life for all our seniors. 

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Ontario Opening Temporary Road Test Centres
The Ontario government is beginning to open temporary road test centres on Monday, August 9, 2021, to increase the number of passenger road tests (class G2/G) available in areas where demand is highest. The first two temporary road test centres will open in Guelph and Oshawa, with four more following in September across the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Starting Monday, the two temporary centres opening will exclusively offer class G2/G road tests daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Oshawa site will operate seven days a week, while the site in Guelph will operate five days a week starting in August and expand operations to seven days a week in November 2021.

The four additional temporary road test centres opening next month will serve Toronto, Hamilton/Niagara, Mississauga/Brampton, and York/Durham.

To book your road test, please visit DriveTest.ca, the only official channel for booking a road test. You should never give your driver’s licence to a third party or an unknown website. DriveTest will never charge you an additional fee to book or reschedule a road test.

80% of Ontarians 12+ Have Received At Least One Dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine

As of July 29th, over 80 per cent of Ontarians 12 and over have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine! Over 70% have received two doses. While every dose brings us closer to the things we missed, this milestone brings us even closer to the end of the pandemic. 

On July 26, Ontario administered over 19 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine - another incredible Team Ontario achievement!

As Ontario continues to safely ease public health measures under Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen, it’s critical that Ontarians get vaccinated to provide maximum protection against COVID-19 and its variants. All Ontarians are encouraged to book their appointments as soon as possible and to support family and friends who may need assistance to book an appointment. All Ontarians aged 12 and over are eligible to book an appointment to receive their second dose sooner.

York Region COVID-19 vaccination clinics are now accepting accept first and second dose walk-ins for all eligible individuals who live, work or go to school in York Region. 

  • Aaniin Community Centre in the City of Markham
  • Cornell Community Centre in the City of Markham
  • Georgina Ice Palace in the Town of Georgina
  • Maple Community Centre in the City of Vaughan
  • Ray Twinney Complex in the Town of Newmarket
  • Richmond Green Centre in the City of Richmond Hill
  • SoccerCity Drive Thru in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville
  • Trisan Centre in the Township of King
All York Region COVID-19 clinics currently offer both the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines. Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines are over 90% effective at preventing serious illness and death due to COVID-19. 
Individuals age 12 to 17 will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as it is the only vaccine currently authorized by Health Canada for use in this age group.

To book, visit ontario.ca/bookvaccine or york.ca/covid19vaccine.
Ontario Helping Small Businesses Establish Online Presence
The Ontario government is investing $10 million towards the Digital Main Street program for 2021-22 to help over 13,000 small businesses expand their digital presence and market their services online. As businesses enter Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen, the renewed program will provide small businesses with $2,500 grants, technical training, and digital resources to help them reach more customers in person and online, positioning them for a stronger recovery.

Small businesses across Ontario with a brick-and-mortar location and one to 50 employees can apply for $2,500 Digital Transformation Grants, which they can use to purchase new technology and digital services.

With this additional funding, Digital Main Street will continue to support diverse small business owners throughout the province. To date, the program has provided over 20,000 businesses with support for their digital expansions, while generating jobs for more than 1,600 students and recent graduates.

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Ontario Further Improving School Ventilation

The Ontario government announced additional funding of $25 million to further improve ventilation in schools as students return for in-person learning this fall. This additional funding, which brings the net new investments in school ventilation to $600 million, will ensure that all occupied classrooms, gyms, libraries and other instructional spaces without mechanical ventilation have standalone high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter units in place when students are back in class, including Junior and Senior Kindergarten classrooms in mechanically ventilated schools to recognize that the youngest learners will not be wearing masks in the classroom.

To support students, parents and staff in access to information on school ventilation in their communities, Ontario will also provide school boards with a standardized reporting tool on ventilation improvements. This tool will communicate school-level ventilation measures online to ensure that information is publicly available across the province, including inspection, use of standalone HEPA filter units, use of higher grade filters and more frequent filter changes.

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Ontario Ramping Up Efforts to Reduce Surgical Wait Times
The Ontario government is investing up to $324 million in new funding to enable Ontario’s hospitals and community health sector to perform more surgeries, MRI and CT scans and procedures, including on evenings and weekends, as part of a wider, comprehensive surgical recovery plan to provide patients with the care they need. This plan will enable Ontario’s health care system to perform up to 67,000 additional surgeries and procedures as well as up to 135,000 more diagnostic imaging hours to address wait times for surgeries and procedures, improve access to care and support the government’s commitment to end hallway health care.

To continue the progress made to date and meet future demand, Ontario has developed a comprehensive surgical recovery plan to enable hospitals and community providers to operate at 110 to 115 per cent capacity, bolstering the health system’s capacity to ensure patients’ surgical and recovery care needs are met at all stages, from primary care referrals, hospital discharge to recovery at home. The plan encompasses the entire continuum of care, including:

  • Hospital care: A new investment of $300 million from the 2021 Budget dedicated to help the hospital sector recover and perform thousands more surgeries and diagnostic imaging hours, and help reduce wait times.
    • $216 million for hospitals to extend operating room hours into evenings and weekends and perform up to 67,000 additional surgeries on top of the typical volume of 650,000 scheduled surgeries that happen in main operating rooms each year. New surgeries funded may include up to 33,000 new cataracts surgeries, up to 4,300 new orthopedics surgeries and up to 9,000 new paediatrics surgeries.
    • $35 million for MRI and CT imaging, enabling over 75,000 additional hours of MRI scanning and over 60,000 additional hours of CT scanning, on top of the 577,000 hours and 550,000 hours that happen each year, respectively. This represents a 12 per cent overall increase in available hours.
    • $18 million investment in centralized surgical waitlist management to increase use of electronic referrals and support work to enable efficient tracking of surgical information, making better use of specialist and hospital resources and reducing patient wait times.
    • $1 million for surgical smoothing coaching from an expert team of experienced surgeons and administrators to support knowledge sharing and best practices to optimize the use of operating rooms at key high-volume hospitals.
    • $30 million for the new Surgical Innovation Fund to help hospitals in each region of the province to address barriers and increase their surgical output. Approval for funding will be released in September 2021 for immediate implementation this year.
  • Increase health system capacity through community alternatives to hospital care: A new investment of up to $24 million to increase volumes of low-risk, publicly funded surgical and diagnostic services in independent health facilities and to support the licensing of new independent health facilities for existing services.
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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.

Due to the risk of COVID-19, my office is open by appointment only. However our 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
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