By Goldie Ghamari
MPP for Carleton
The health and well-being of the residents of Carleton, Ottawa & Ontario is my top priority. Please visit my website for the latest information & updates from the Government of Ontario, as well as information regarding upcoming virtual town hall meetings & public consultations.
Recent updates include:
- Modernized math course prepares students for jobs of the future and life skills;
- Ontario working toward economic recovery, job creation through planned infrastructure projects;
- Ontario introduces streamlined employment supports;
- Creating training and job opportunities in Eastern Ontario; and
- Ontario brings natural gas to 43 communities with phase 2 of the natural gas expansion program
NEWS FROM QUEEN’S PARK
The Ontario government is investing $5 million in the 2021-22 Seniors Community Grant program to help enable municipalities and local organizations to deliver programs for older adults to stay active in their communities.
This funding is an increase of $1 million from last year’s grants, allowing the province to help more grass-roots organizations positively impact the lives of older adults.
The Seniors Community Grant program focuses on projects that align with four pillars which help improve the lives of older adults in the province:
- Enabling Aging- at-Home and in Communities
- Safety and Security
- Remaining Healthy, Active and Socially Engaged
- Participating in the Labour Market and Economy.
Successful applicants will receive a grant of between $1,000 and $25,000 to provide programs, learning and social opportunities for older adults to safely enjoy as Ontario continues to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning Friday, June 11th, applicants can apply through Transfer Payment Ontario (formerly Grants Ontario) online at Ontario.ca/GetFunding. The deadline for all applications is July 15, 2021 at 5PM EST.
For information on the Seniors Community Grant program you may visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/information-seniors-organizations
ONTARIO RESUMES IN-VEHICLE PASSENGER ROAD TESTING PROVINCEWIDE
Ontario is resuming in-vehicle passenger road tests on Monday, June 14, 2021, at DriveTest centres across the province. To address the backlog of road tests resulting from COVID-19 restrictions, road testing capacity will be increased by hiring 167 additional driver examiners while introducing extended hours for in-vehicle passenger road tests (class G1/G2).
As part of Step One of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, in-vehicle passenger road testing will resume with safety protocols in place at all DriveTest centres across Ontario. To address the backlog of passenger road tests, Ontario will invest more than $16 million to increase road testing capacity provincewide by hiring 167 additional temporary driver examiners, increasing support staff, expanding road testing hours, and introducing Saturday and Sunday road tests at locations where the demand is highest.
Driver examiners will be assigned to DriveTest centres across the province. In the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Ontario will work with its service provider, DriveTest, to open six temporary locations to conduct passenger road tests seven days a week in areas where the backlog is greatest starting in September 2021. These measures are in addition to the 84 new temporary driver examiners announced in the fall of 2020.
In an effort to contain the COVID-19 virus, our Constituency Office went virtual on March 16, 2020. Our location will remain closed until further notice. We are still open & working during regular office hours to answer your calls & emails. If you require assistance on any matter, please contact me at any time. It’s why I’m here. Even if it’s not a provincial issue, I’ll make sure to connect you with the proper office.
Your voice at Queen’s Park