April showers bring May flowers! It is so nice to see all the tulips popping up in gardens around the community - something to help put a smile on our faces. Thank you once again for doing your part by staying home. I know we are all frustrated, but we will get through this.
Great news!! I am pleased to share with you that Ontario has now administered over five million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, (OVER 1.1 million doses in Toronto) and we will have 40% of adult Ontarians vaccinated with their first dose this weekend!
This week we received great news that we will be receiving additional supply of the vaccine! This will allow us to accelerate the vaccine rollout across multiple age groups and geographic areas, including additional doses for hot spots and making child care workers eligible for COVID-19 vaccines immediately.
Many of you reached out to my office by telephone or email requesting an additional sick day program. I can assure you that you have been heard. This week we announced employees will be given three days of paid emergency leave during COVID-19.
I have also heard from many of you about the roaring noise along the Gardiner and around Sherway Gardens from the motorcycles and reckless drivers. I can tell you that I also hear the noise and passed along your concerns to the Minister. Legislation was introduced this week which I was able to share your concerns during Question Period. The Moving Ontarians More Safely Act, if passed, will make our roads safer by targeting those who are involved in dangerous acts of stunt driving or drive aggressively.
Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe.
We are expanding eligibility for booking the COVID-19 Vaccine. Learn more
If you are:
50 + you are eligible to book the week of May 3;
40 + you are eligible to book the week of May 10;
30 + you are eligible to book the week of May 17;or
18 + you are eligible to book the week of May 24.
When it is your turn click here to book online or call 1-888-999-6488.
If you are 40+ you are eligible at participating pharmacies, click here.
Hot Spot Communities
During the first two weeks of May, we are allocating 50% of upcoming vaccine shipments to hot spots. This includes postal codes M8V, M9A, M9B, and M9C. Effective the week of May 3, individuals 18+ in hot spots will be eligible to book appointments through the provincial website. Click here to book online or call 1-888-999-6488.
Pregnant women and child care workers in licensed child care settings are eligible to book a vaccine appointment through the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line number at 1-833-943-3900. Eligible workers in licensed child care settings will receive a letter from their employer.
The government has launched a pilot program through select pharmacy locations in hot spots to administer the Pfizer vaccine to individuals aged 55+. Although there are no locations in this riding there are a few in North Etobicoke and Scarborough. Find a Pharmacy
Workplace vaccination clinics in hot spots have begun this week. If an employer meets the criteria, they can apply by email to [email protected] and learn more about hosting an onsite clinic at their workplace. Learn more
COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENT UPDATES
Unity Health Toronto 45+
Vaccination clinics at St. Joseph’s will be open again for first dose appointments as of Monday, May 3. If you are 45 + and live in postal codes M8V, M9A, M9B and M9C you can book a vaccination appointment by clicking here.
Trillium Health Partners 18+
Check Trillium's website below for the latest information.If you are 18+ and older and live in postal codes M8V, M9A, M9B and M9C you can book a vaccination appointment next week by clicking here.
Paid Sick Day Program
This week Minister McNaughton announced our new Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit program. This makes Ontario the only province with three days at regular pay for those who miss work because of COVID-19. This is on top of the $19 billion agreement with the federal government through the Safe Restart Agreement which allows anyone in the Province who is ill or needs to self-isolate to have an access to four weeks of paid sick days. In addition, last July we passed legislation that ensures those who stay home to self-isolate or care for loved ones will not be fired. Learn more
The Moving Ontarians More Safely Act, if passed will introduce new measures to combat high risk driving and improve road safety, including longer driver's licence suspension and longer vehicle impoundment periods for drivers who engage in stunt driving, street racing and aggressive driving. This act also includes provisions to enact the Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act. This Act, if passed, will strengthen provincial oversight of the towing and storage sectors to reduce crime and fraud, promote road user and tow operator safety, and create a level playing field for tow and storage operators.
We are pleased to support the recovery of the non-profit sector through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund. Congratulations to Famous People Players who will receive over $69K and Haven on the Queensway who will receive over $89K to recover and rebuild from COVID-19.
On April 26, our government began automatically providing payments to parents through the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit, for those who received Support for Learners payments. If you missed applying for the Support for Learners program, applications will open from May 3, 2021, to May 17, 2021. Learn more
Virtual Seniors Townhall
Join me Friday, May 14th at 3 pm for an hour-long Virtual Seniors Townhall, with special guests Daisy Wai, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Seniors and Accessibility and Alison Coke, CEO ESS Support Services. Space is limited. RSVP by 2 pm on May 13th. RSVP to Attend