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Moorelands Kids

It was a pleasure to meet with the representatives of @moorelandskids and learning more about their great initiative to provide opportunities for children and families

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Ontario Welcomes Investment & Job Creation in the Life Sciences Sector

Today, our government joined AstraZeneca to announce that the company is making a transformational investment to establish a flagship Global Clinical research centre at its growing Mississauga site. This investment will create 500 good-paying jobs.

Through our province’s life sciences strategy, Taking Life Sciences to the Next Level, Ontario is establishing itself as a global biomanufacturing and life sciences hub. In the last two years, Ontario has attracted nearly $3 billion in investments by global biomanufacturers.

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Ontario Doubles the Number of Long-Term Care Inspectors

Today, Minister Paul Calandra announced the government has fulfilled our promise to double the number of long-term care inspectors in the field completing on-site inspections and responding to complaints more quickly to ensure every resident experiences the quality of care they deserve.

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2022-23 Gas Tax Program

Minister Mulroney will announce that our government is providing more than $379.5 million to help 107 municipalities operate and improve local transit. The funding is being delivered through the gas tax program and can be used to extend service hours, buy transit vehicles, add routes, improve accessibility or upgrade infrastructure.

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Your Health Act

Today, our government is introducing the Your Health Act, 2023, outlining the next steps of our plan to reduce wait times for surgeries and procedures and enable “As of Right” rules that make it easier for out-of-province health care workers to practice in Ontario.

With the Your Health Act, we are taking bold and innovative action to make it easier and faster for Ontarians to connect to convenient care closer to home, no matter where they live.

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Ontario Building a Stronger Critical Minerals Supply Chain by Investing in Early Exploration

This afternoon in Sault Ste. Marie, Premier Doug Ford and George Pirie, Minister of Mines announced the Ontario government has invested $5.8 million to help junior mining companies explore for critical minerals used in manufacturing batteries for electric vehicles, smartphones, pharmaceuticals and advanced manufacturing technologies. This funding is part of the government’s Ontario Junior Exploration Program (OJEP)

Since our government launched OJEP in 2021, Ontario committed $29 million over four years to the program. This includes $17 million for all types of minerals, and a new $12 million stream dedicated exclusively to critical minerals exploration.

The third intake for applications for the Ontario Junior Exploration Program is now open! We encourage companies to get their applications in so they can start exploring for the mines of the future.

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Family Fishing

Today our government is proud to announce free fishing during the upcoming Family Day weekend. Licences are not required to fish on Ontario lakes and rivers between February 18th and 20th.

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Ontario Parks Student Recruitment

Ministers David Piccini and Jill Dunlop invite you to promote the Ontario Parks student recruitment campaign. Ontario Parks is the largest employer of students in the province with over 1,800 students from Ontario’s Summer Employment Opportunities Program. This summer, there are between 1500-2000 open student positions at Ontario Parks across the province. Applications are now being accepted and applicants are encouraged to submit their resumes.

For the first time ever, we are advertising in six different languages across Ontario. Thank you to the many caucus members who have volunteered to film a short video promoting this great youth opportunity.

Grad Tech Ed Requirement

Today, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, was joined by Mathew Rae, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education and Charmaine Williams, Associate Minister of Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity, to announce our government’s implementation of a new, mandatory, technological education credit requirement for graduation to help better prepare students across our province for the jobs of tomorrow.

Beginning in 2024, this new graduation requirement is another step forward ensuring students learn the critical skills necessary to succeed.

This builds on Premier Ford and Minister Lecce’s recent announcement to create a direct path from grade 11 into apprenticeship – creating an accelerated pathway to a good paying job.

Our government is working to ensure Ontario students graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. This will also help to ensure that Ontario remains a leader in innovation and technology for years to come.

International Women’s Day 2023

Today is #InternationalWomensDay! When women succeed, Ontario succeeds. That’s why our government continues to invest in programs and supports that empower women thrive everywhere –