Local businesses continue to play a critical role in our economic recovery and in our communities every day—creating jobs and bringing opportunity to hardworking families.
The holiday season presents an opportunity to stand with Ontario businesses, support local communities, and celebrate the best of what Ontario has to offer.
This season be sure to #shoplocal #giftlocal and check out this link to the Ontario Made Holiday Gift Guide
MPP Daisy Wai speaks in the house to thank Mayor Dave Barrow for his service, click here to watch!
Bill 9- An Act to proclaim Non-Profit Sector Appreciation Week
Ontario’s non-profit sector is a major contributor to innovation, job creation and the economy. Its one million professionals, driven by their mission, are experts in delivering social, economic and environmental solutions, especially at the local community level. They enrich our quality of life by promoting mental and physical health, social equity, education, the arts, sports and recreation, the environment, child development, senior care and much more. They serve millions of Ontarians every year in every corner of the province.
Their work is indispensable and heroic, but it is all too often invisible. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the remarkable contributions of the essential services provided by the non-profit sector, which relies on funding and volunteers. Their public service deserves to be recognized and honoured.
That is why I have brought forward a Bill, in partnership with the Bhayana Foundation, to recognize non-profits and proclaim the 3rd week in February as No-Profit Sector Appreciation Week. For the current status of this Bill, click here.
Ontario Releases Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term, which outlines the province’s gradual approach to lifting the remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022. The plan will be guided by the ongoing assessment of key public health and health care indicators and supported by local or regional tailored responses to COVID-19.
Ontario will slowly and incrementally lift all remaining public health and workplace safety measures, including the provincial requirement for proof of vaccination and wearing face coverings in indoor public settings, over the next six months. This phased approach will be guided by the ongoing assessment and monitoring of key public health and health system indicators, such as the identification of any new COVID-19 variants, increases in hospitalizations and ICU occupancy and rapid increases in transmission to ensure that public health and workplace safety measures are lifted safely.
In the absence of concerning trends, public health and workplace safety measures will be lifted on the following dates:
October 25, 2021
Ontario will lift capacity limits in the vast majority of settings where proof of vaccination are required, such as restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments, indoor areas of sports and recreational facilities such as gyms and where personal physical fitness trainers provide instruction; casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments; and indoor meeting and event spaces.
At this time, the government will also allow other settings to lift capacity limits and physical distancing requirements if they choose to require proof of vaccination.
This will not apply to settings where people receive medical care, food from grocery stores and medical supplies.
November 15, 2021
The government intends to lift capacity limits in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including food or drink establishments with dance facilities.
January 17, 2022
In the absence of concerning trends in public health and health care following the winter holiday months and after students returned to in-class learning, the province intends to begin gradually lifting capacity limits in settings where proof of vaccination is not required.
Proof of vaccination requirements may also begin to be gradually lifted at this time.
February 7, 2022
The government intends to lift proof of vaccination requirements in high-risk settings, including night clubs, strip clubs, and bathhouses and sex clubs.
March 28, 2022
At this time, it is intended that remaining public health and workplace safety measures will be lifted, including wearing face coverings in indoor public settings.
Government Takes Further Action to Protect Schools
Our government is committed to keeping schools safe and open which is why we are following the updated advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health to put in place a layered approach that aligns with the best advice of the Ontario Science Table — including a major emphasis on air ventilation improvement, indoor-masking, strict screening and the enhanced cleaning of schools.
As result, we have one of the highest vaccination rate and lowest case rate for youth in Canada.
Since the start of the school year, we have strengthened testing options for students and staff, including launching a take-home test pilot for asymptomatic high school students, to increase presenteeism in class. We are expanding upon this initiative by offering it to all schools in the province, which will add another layer of protection and demonstrates our continuing commitment in protecting everyone in the school community.
By expanding access to testing and helping to better screen for COVID-19, we are protecting the progress we have made so far in keeping our schools safer for students and helping to limit disruption to the school year. Ontario is the only province in Canada to offer this type of comprehensive and accessible testing.
Students with COVID-19 symptoms and students who have been identified as close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case will be able to pick up PCR self-collection kits at school, complete the self-collection at home and drop them off at participating pharmacies or targeted assessment centres for processing. In addition, our government is implementing a rapid antigen testing program to support safe in-person school attendance in schools with multiple cases of COVID-19. The “test-to-stay" approach involves frequent testing over two weeks for unvaccinated students in a school that might otherwise require whole school dismissal.
Our government is also announcing that staff who are unvaccinated or who have not declared their vaccination status will be required to undergo rapid antigen testing three times per week.
These additional efforts build on the extensive safety protocols and investments we have made to protect schools, including the more than $600 million our government has provided to support ventilation improvements.
By keeping students and staff safe this school year, we are ensuring a continuity of world-class learning in every school throughout Ontario.
WATCH: MPP Wai is Provided An Update
Regarding Long Term Care (Directly From the Minister)
Safety Protocols Are in Place at The Office, BUT Service is Still Available!
In addition to constituency matters, MPP Daisy Wai's Office is still able to provide assistance when dealing with all provincial agencies, boards, commissions, and ministries. If you need help or are seeking information on provincial matters, please don't hesitate to call the office at 905-884-8080, or email [email protected]
Feeling Fatigued? Stressed? Anxious?
Your Mental Health Matters
Support Is Available
The BounceBack program is a valuable, free, evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) skill-building and mental health support program for people aged 15+ to help individuals who may be dealing with mild-to-moderate anxiety or depression, or feeling low, stressed, worried, irritable or angry – as a result of the pandemic or due to other long-term stressors.
Learn more at https://bouncebackontario.ca/
211 Ontario Support Services helps to navigate the complex network of human services quickly and easily, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in over 150 languages. 211 connects people to the right information and services, strengthens Canada’s health and human services, and helps Canadians to become more engaged with their communities. Learn more Here:
Since 1967, The Distress Centres of Greater Toronto has provided 24-hour support, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to individuals in our community at risk and their most vulnerable. DCOGT is Canada’s oldest volunteer delivered crisis, emotional support and suicide prevention + intervention + postvention service agency. Their crisis and emotional distress services are available via hotline, online chat, and text. They also offer face-to-face individual as well as group support and counselling to those who have lost a loved one to suicide or homicide and are navigating the aftermath. Find out more Here:
Visit the government's webpage for the latest and most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Ontario. It’s updated every day at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m
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