October 11th Weekly Update

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Dear Constituents, 
 

Yesterday marked Thanksgiving, a time for people across Ontario to gather, celebrate the fall season, and share all that we have to be thankful for. There are countless things within Ontario for which we can give thanks. Whether you shared your table with family, reconnected with friends after time spent apart, or volunteered within the community, I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving.
 

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Ontario Investing in Construction Sector to Combat Labour Shortage

The Ontario government is working for workers by investing $3.7 million to help up to 2,500 workers start or advance in well-paying careers in the construction industry. This decade, Ontario will need 100,000 more construction workers to help deliver the province’s ambitious infrastructure plans, including 1.5 million homes by 2031.

This investment will help Merit Ontario, an organization that supports contractors who employ both unionized and non-unionized workers, to expand their online job bank to match thousands of people with construction jobs at more than 300 small, medium and large employers in their communities. The job bank helps jobseekers assess their skills, access additional training, and prepare for interviews. Furthermore, this funding continues to support Merit’s online training centre which is helping up to 2,500 construction workers train for the next step in their careers and earn more take-home pay.

“The Government of Ontario’s continued investment in Construction Ontario helps small and medium-sized construction employers and their employees access high-quality, engaging and accessible training to help them improve their productivity and enhance health and safety in the workplace,” said Mike Gallardo, President and CEO of Merit Ontario. “We thank the Government of Ontario and Minister McNaughton for their continued commitment to ensuring workers across the province have access to training no matter where they live.”

“Construction workers are heroes who keep our province running by building the roads, hospitals, homes, and schools that we rely on every day,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “With billions of dollars in infrastructure investments on the horizon, we need all hands on deck to get the job done. Our government will continue to invest in programs that ease labour shortages and give workers the tools to earn bigger paycheques for themselves and their families.”

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Ontario Hiring 225 Additional Nurse Practitioners in the Long-Term Care Sector

The Ontario government is investing $57.6 million over the next three years to recruit and retain up to 225 additional nurse practitioners in the long-term care sector through the new Hiring More Nurse Practitioners (HMNP) for Long-Term Care program.

The Ontario government is investing $57.6 million over the next three years to recruit and retain up to 225 additional nurse practitioners in the long-term care sector through the new Hiring More Nurse Practitioners (HMNP) for Long-Term Care program.

Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses who have an advanced university education and who may work in the long-term care sector as part of a health care team that develops, implements, and evaluates residents’ care plans. They also provide leadership and mentorship to other staff, enhancing their knowledge and ability to care for residents.

“Today’s investment supports our plan to bolster staffing in long-term care and continue to address the need for more health care capacity across the sector,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Recruiting and retaining more nurse practitioners will not only improve health outcomes for our residents but also provide opportunities for growth and learning for staff within long-term care homes.”

As part of the program, long-term care homes can request funding for eligible employment expenses – including salary, benefits, and overhead costs – for newly hired nurse practitioners. The funding also provides up to $5,000 in relocation support for nurse practitioners who are hired to work full-time in rural communities and who have agreed to provide a minimum of 12 months of service.

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Ontario Investing in Innovative Agri-Food Research

The Ontario government is taking action to support the agri-food industry by investing $7.25 million in 50 Ontario-led research and innovation projects. These projects will help develop new innovative technologies, practices and solutions to make Ontario’s agri-food sector more competitive and productive.

“Some of the most advanced agri-food research in the world is happening right here in Ontario, and our government is proud to support made-in-Ontario solutions that will deliver good return on investment and strengthen our local food supply chain,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Through our partnership with the University of Guelph, we are helping Ontario’s agri-food sector grow and innovate so that farmers can remain competitive on a global scale, and Ontario can continue to be a leader in agri-food.”

Ontario’s investments are being made through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, a collaboration between the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the University of Guelph that works to advance the next generation of agri-food innovations.

The Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance is a significant economic driver for the province, returning approximately $1.4 billion annually to Ontario’s economy and promoting food stability in the province. The Ontario agri-food sector supports more than 860,000 jobs in Ontario and contributes more than $47.3 billion each year to the province’s economy. Since 2018, Ontario has invested approximately $270 million in the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance to support research and innovation, further the development of new food products and agricultural advancements, and drive economic growth in the sector.

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Wishing You a Happy Sukkot

Happy Sukkot to all Jewish Ontarians celebrating! Marking the end of the summer harvest season, it is an opportunity to gather together and engage in centuries old traditions and customs. I wish you and your loved ones a happy and peaceful holiday. Chag Sukkot Sameach! 

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My constituency office is open Monday to Friday from 10AM to 4PM. If you have any questions or concerns we’re readily available to assist. You can also reach us by phone at (416) 781-2395 or by email at robin.martin@pc.ola.org.

 

Warmest Wishes, 
Robin Martin, MPP
Eglinton-Lawrence

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information from the Government of Ontario visit ontario.ca/coronavirus

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