By Goldie Ghamari, Carleton MPP
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:
- Ontario helping 100,000 workers train for in-demand jobs;
- Ontario making it easier to renew documents;
- Ontario helping small business establish online presence;
- Ontario invests over $1.9 million to protect and restore the Great Lakes; and
- Historic investment plan ensures access to high-speed internet for all
News From Queen’s Park
The Governments of Canada and Ontario are investing $7.3 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help support farmers and agri-food businesses. The investment will fund projects in priority areas that increase food safety, accelerate sector innovation and help farmers bring new products to market to grow their businesses.
This funding supports more than 600 cost-shared projects that strengthen Ontario’s agri-food sector by helping eligible farmers in over 270 communities across the province to continue producing safe, high quality food in Ontario.
Positive outcomes of projects funded under this intake include:
- Improvement of food safety systems on farms to meet or exceed national and international certification standards;
- Development of products that will open new sales markets for farm businesses for example, a new organic pepper product to expand markets or developing maple butter as a new, value-added farm product;
- Planting cover crops to improve soil health and reduce soil erosion losses over winter;
- Increasing preventative measures to help reduce pest damage at greenhouse operations; and
- Upgrades to animal-handling equipment to improve animal welfare and reduce disease transmission on livestock farms.
Since June 2018, both the federal and provincial governments have committed over $100 million in cost-share support to more than 5,000 projects through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.
ONTARIO BOOSTING FUNDING TO LONG-TERM CARE RESIDENT AND FAMILY COUNCILS
The Ontario government is supporting resident-centred, quality care in long-term care homes by increasing funding to the Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils (OARC) and Family Councils Ontario (FCO) by nearly 53 per cent – $481,238 – this year. The total funding of $1,393,621 will help OARC and FCO increase staffing and maintain their critical education and support services to Resident and Family Councils across the province.
The OARC and FCO support residents and families by ensuring their voices help shape the resident experience in long-term care. The Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 requires each of Ontario’s 626 homes have a Residents’ Council and permits the establishment of Family Councils at individual homes.
This investment is part of the Government of Ontario’s Long-Term Care Modernization Plan, the province’s plan to create a 21st century long-term care sector that is truly resident-centred and provides the highest quality of care for our most vulnerable people, where and when they need it.
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