E-Newsletter: October 8, 2021

 

Christine Hogarth, MPP Etobicoke-Lakeshore

Friends,

On Monday, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the Fall Session of the 42nd Parliament of Ontario. Her speech reflected on the challenges of the past 18 months while reaffirming our commitment to do everything we can to put an end to the spread of COVID-19, and support Ontarians across the province.

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week. It is a reminder for all of us to check in on our mental health and that of our loved ones. There is no health without mental health. We need to raise awareness around this problem that affects over one million Ontarians each year. You can visit  Ontario.ca/MentalHealth to learn more about available services and supports and where to get help when you need it.

As per Ontario's vaccination rates, nearly 87% of all eligible Ontarians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while almost 82% are fully vaccinated. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19 and the Delta variant. 

Thanksgiving is right on the corner, and it is the perfect time for us to help those in need. Today, I visited the Daily Bread Food Bank in Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Together with the Premier and my colleague Vijay, we helped to pack donations for Ontarians in need this Thanksgiving.

Enjoy this time with loved ones. I wish you and your families many blessings this Thanksgiving. May your gathering be as fun as it is tasty!

Christine

Daily Bread Food Bank

VACCINE INFORMATION

Vaccine Schedule

We encourage everyone born in 2009 or older to get their COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. 

You can drop-in for your vaccination at:

  • Cloverdale Mall (250 the East Mall) Toronto COVID-19 Immunization Clinic Tuesday - Saturday 1-7PM.

 For more information, please click here.

 

To book an appointment visit:

Provincial Portal click here to book online or call 1-833-943-3900.

For the list of pharmacies, click here.

 

Out of an abundance of caution, Ontario is issuing a preferential recommendation of the use of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for individuals aged 18-24 years old effective immediately. For more information, please click here

 

Helpful resources:

For information on how to use your vaccine receipts ⚕️, please click here.

For information on Third Doses 💉, please click here.

For information on how to get your vaccine certificate if you have been vaccinated outside Ontario ✈️, please click here.

Q&A for businesses and organizations where patrons must provide proof of identification and vaccination 👔, please click here

Vaccine Certificates FAQ 👩‍🏫, please click here

Supporting Non-Profits

Supporting Non-Profits

Our government announced more than $46-million to support 648 non-profit tourism, culture, sport, and recreation organizations, all of which are facing significant pressures due to the pandemic. These industries are important components of Ontario's economic and social recovery. Learn more

Supporting Employers

Helping Our Employers

We know shopkeepers and merchants on Main Streets across the province need help. We are taking action by modernizing the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board to support Ontario's employers by cutting premium rates for 2022. We will continue to protect local jobs. Learn more

Keeping Students Safe
Support People and Businesses

Keeping Students Safe
Ontario is committed to keeping schools safe and open. That is why our new COVID-19 rapid antigen screening plan will build on our cautious plan for child care and school-age children with the aim of keeping schools and childcare centres open. Learn more

Supporting Ontario

We continue to find ways to make life easier for the people and businesses of Ontario. We will continue to support our economy by introducing new red tape reduction measures to promote economic stability while keeping Ontarians safe. Learn more

INVESTING IN OUR LONG-TERM CARE SECTOR

Investing in Ontario's Long-Term Care Sector

Great news Etobicoke - Lakeshore 👍👍👍

Our government will provide up to $270 million this year to long-term care homes across the province to increase staffing levels, leading to more direct care for residents. This includes $1,008,087 for long-term care homes in Etobicoke-Lakeshore. This is part of the province's commitment to ensure long-term care residents receive - on average - four hours of direct care per day by 2024-25. 

 

These funds will increase care for residents at:

  • Lakeshore Lodge–City of Toronto, in Etobicoke, will receive up to $534,323for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $3,272,652 annually more than their current funding.
  • McCall Centre Long Term Care Interim Unit, in Etobicoke, will receive up to $49,867 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $305,448 annually more than their current funding.
  • Garden Court, in Etobicoke, will receive up to $103,305 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $632,724 annually more than their current funding.
  • Labdara Lithuanian Nursing Home, in Etobicoke, will receive up to $320,592 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $1,963,584 annually more than their current funding.

💬 “This funding will allow homes in our community to hire and retain more staff so they can provide more care to residents, every day,” said MPP Christine Hogarth“This is part of our government’s plan to hire thousands of new staff over the next four years to ensure those living in long-term care get the high-quality care they need and deserve.”
💬 “We know that more qualified staff means more daily care for residents,” said Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Hiring more staff is part of our government’s plan to fix long-term care and to improve the quality of care residents receive and the quality of life they experience.

 

To access the full press release, please click here

Long Branch Tree Fest

Long Branch Tree Fest

Although it was a rainy day, I was delighted to attend the Tree Fest. It was a great opportunity to meet and greet the wonderful residents of Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Thanks to the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association for organizing this community gathering 🎉

 
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